If you think you have already seen everything you need to see in Phuket, you need to check this list first. Phuket is home to so many hidden gems that it will take a while before you explore every destination. Whether it is your first time on the island or your tenth time visiting, you need to make sure to drop by and witness the following attractions.
Here are some of the finest treasure in Phuket that most people usually miss:
Bon Island (or Koh Bon): The Unspoilt Island
This island is so close to Phuket, but it is not explored much yet by tourists. It is an isolated sanctuary you will find off the coast of Phuket where you can enjoy snorkeling in clear, beautiful water.
You only need to take a 10 to 15-minute boat ride from the Rawai Landing Pier, and you will finally enjoy the beauty of the almost deserted island. There is an open-air restaurant called the Bon Island Restaurant where you can enjoy classic Thai food and a selection of Western dishes while you relax in lounge chairs and enjoy a bottle of beer.
Banana Beach: The Hidden Wonder
This beautiful and almost deserted beach is difficult to find, which is why it is not often explored. The beach is located between Bang Tao and Nai Thon beaches. It has a tiny entrance by the road that makes it challenging for people to spot, but it is one of the hidden gems in Phuket when it comes to beaches.
It is a long beach with clear and blue water, a seafood restaurant, and various beach activities to try. You spend the whole day kayaking, paragliding, snorkeling, and more.
Wat Khao Rang: The Temple Out of Sight
If you are fond of seeing different kinds of architecture and learning about a place’s culture, you will enjoy a journey to discover Wat Kao Rang. It is a temple that is home to the first golden sitting Buddha in Phuket. It is not a major tourist attraction, which makes it a quieter version of the Wat Chalong.
What makes this temple stand out is the fact that it is on a hillside. Every step leading to the golden Buddha is designed with idols. It is a magnificent sight to see for yourself.
Wat Sri Sunthon: The Home of the Reclining Buddha
Phuket has around 40 temples, and three of those have Big Buddha statues. One of these is the Reclining Buddha of Sri Sunthon. If you have not seen a huge reclining Buddha yet, make sure to visit this temple. You will be greeted by nine small Buddha Statues first, and behind them rests the giant golden Buddha.
It is not a very touristy destination because it is located far from the beach. You will find the temple in Thalang, the north of Phuket Town.
Bang Pae Seafood: Your Great Local Restaurant
If you want a local restaurant to try, you should not leave Phuket without eating at Bang Pae Seafood. Apart from Thai food, they also offer other Asian cuisines. They have vegetarian-friendly meals, perfect for all visitors. This restaurant received a “Bib Gourmand” rating in the Phuket Michelin Guide, representing a friendly establishment where you can get good food at moderate prices.
It is hidden on Phuket’s east coast. It is not that easy to find, but people drive over to taste their offerings. On weekends, the restaurant is full of locals, expats, and tourists. The food is simple yet delicious.
If you already visited all of the destinations mentioned in this list, then you are a true Phuket traveler! If you haven’t yet, it is time to add them to your itinerary. Seeing these places is like seeing Phuket and Thailand through different lenses that will make your time on the island that much more complete.
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