As lovely as a day on the beach can be, staying in one place can leave you restless, especially since you’re actually being in paradise. Phuket attracts visitors from all over the world because of its blessed landscape that is equipped with turquoise-blue waters, panoramic views of mountains and hills, thriving jungles, and glistening pools of water.
Staying at the beach all day just won’t do. Hiking trails are also offered for nature lovers, with trails leading to secret waterfalls and even untouched beaches. If an adventure around Phuket excites you, here are the three scenic views the island has to offer:
1. Experience the man-made wonder of Big Buddha
Starting off with something man-made but still surrounded by nature, the Big Buddha is one of the most revered places in all of Phuket. It’s indeed a sight to behold, a marble statue of Buddha that can be seen from many different areas around the island. It’s accompanied by a golden statue of similar looks, but smaller in stature.
What to expect: The Big Buddha is one of Phuket’s busiest attractions, and the crowds increase during the sunset. The journey is relatively peaceful, and as you walk, you’ll be greeted by the majestic views of the sea. While generally humid, the mild sea breeze will make up for it. If you wish to catch the sunset without getting caught up in crowds, reach the statue before 6:30 PM.
2. Discover the beauty of Kathu Waterfall
The Kathu Waterfall offers a breathtaking view at its peak, which will definitely be worth all the aches and pains. You’ll also experience a jungle throughout the trail, surrounded by trees and sounds of water. With luck, you may get a glimpse of the wildlife that is only known to the islands of Phuket!
What to expect: The Kathu hike trail is relatively easy, but since you’re dealing with a forest housing several bodies of water, it can get slippery. Be sure to wear a pair of non-skid grip shoes for protection, as being careful will make sure that you won’t get hurt! As a hotspot for tourists, drinking water is readily made available at small shops, but you can still opt to bring your own.
3. Trek through the jungles Khao Sok National Park
The Khao Sok National Park is a combination of many different areas. As you walk through its jungles, you’ll see trails leading to the Ton Kloi Waterfall, which is easily accessible! There are also orchards of palm trees to see and bamboo groves to visit. Keep your eyes peeled and ears sharp for any signs of monkeys swinging on the trips and even the presence of gibbons.
What to expect: Due to its popularity, there are several tour packages available, but you have all the liberty to explore Khao Sok by yourself. Due to its vastness, however, it is highly encouraged that you explore the national park with a local tour guide for safety. Moreover, hiking through the park will lead you to natural pools, so make sure you wear a swimsuit beforehand. Tours also offer camping at night, where you can stargaze into the night sky. If sleeping on the ground isn’t for you, the Cheow Lan Lake also offers floating raft houses that offer a unique experience. Given its many trails and destinations, you will need to set aside several days to explore Khao Sok entirely.
Blessed with a combination of the many wonders of nature, Phuket offers an intricate blend of experiences. The three trails mentioned above are only some of the best, and throughout the journey, you’ll see plenty more worth visiting. With many to see and experience, a week’s worth of vacation may not be enough!
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