Touring Phuket


12 Nov Touring Phuket

On a trip to Phuket in March of 2012 we stayed in the Patong beach area. We wanted to get around and see all that Phuket had to offer. We were on a mission to find the best beach on the south-western part of the island as well as hit some historical sights. Taxis and Tuk-tuks are expensive in Phuket, especially around Patong, so they were not going to be an option for us. Other options for this kind of exploration would be with a private driver for the day or renting a motor bike. Not being confident enough in our motor biking skills (and reading about too many crash victims) we opted for the driver.

We found our driver on TripAdvisor and we used him several times while in town. We felt like we got good value on our day trip, we saw many highlights all in one day. Our guide spoke good English, and his vehicle was nice (contacts at bottom of post). If you have a longer time in Phuket motor bike rentals by the week or month are very affordable. With the exception of a few busy stretches of road, navigating a motor bike looked much easier here than in Bangkok.


Karon viewpoint – Views of Kata Noi, Kata, and Karon beaches

Cape Promthep Lighthouse

We made a short stop to tour the lighthouse and it’s grounds. The views from here were great, with nice views of colorful bays and in the distance you can see the western beaches.

Big Buddha

At top one of the higher hills, near the center of the island, sits the Big Buddha. The statue alone is worth the visit at 45m tall made of all white marble. There is also a small museum and gift shop located in the base. From the site you get nice views of the entire island. Don’t miss your chance to get a coconut Ice Cream served in a hot-dog bun, yum.

Hannah and her ice cream in a hot dog bun, while visiting the Big Buddha

The Big Buddha

Temple – Wat Chalong

The temple serves as one of the main places of worship on the island. A mix of locals and tourist were about when we visited. If you hear any loud fire crackers going off, don’t be alarmed. Apparently one of the temple’s revered monks loved fire crackers. So in order to honor him people will light them off in a designated area on the grounds.

Cashew Factory

Next time you are eating a handle full of cashews take a second a think of the ladies hard at work to make it possible. Shelling the nuts is done by hand at the Sri Bhurapha factory. These ladies work hard for their wadge, they are paid by the Kg and its not much. Most of the workers are paid less per day than the cost of one bag in the gift shop $8usd. In the gift shop they sell a wide array of flavored nuts, some of the more notable ones are Tom Yum soup flavored, honey-sesame, garlic, chocolate covered, and many more.

Last stop – The falls

Our visit was in dry season so the water falls were not as grand as they are at other times, but it was still good to hike for a little bit. This would be a nice place to have lunch, with a few tables along the path. You could pack your own lunch or there is a small store at the start of the short hike.

Our driver: Panya -  -  Email: [email protected]


  • Dana @ Wanted Adventure
    Posted at 07:44h, 09 September Reply

    hahaha Ice cream in a hot dog bun?!! Never seen that before!! And, while I do love bread, and I do love ice cream, I think I will continue to abstain from combing to the two lol

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:53h, 11 September Reply

      Yeah ice cream in a hot dog bun is not that great…and I am an ice cream lover! I ate the ice cream first, then the bun…not wasting here!
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