On our journey to discover #AmazingThailand, we could not possibly miss out on a stop to Phuket. Thailand itself is one of our top picks when it comes to Southeast Asia honeymoons, and no doubt Phuket is a big part of the reason why.
Only 1.5 hours to 2 hours flight away from Bangkok or Chiang Mai, this rainforest, mountainous island is home to a beautiful historical old town, beautiful beaches, and incredible luxury resorts. It is also a great base to kickstart your explorations to nearby world-famous islands like Phang Nga Bay and Phi Phi Island. You will also not be disappointed with the nightlife in Phuket, for Patong is filled to the brim with exciting nightclubs, discos, and bars. Read on as we bring you to discover the Top 16 Things to Do on your Phuket Honeymoon.
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Top 16 Things to Do on your Phuket Honeymoon
1. Soak in serenity at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
The luxury hotel and resorts brand of Anantara never fail to impress. During our visit to Phuket, we stayed at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort. This serene and tropical sanctuary set in a tranquil bay on Phuket’s western coast is one of the most charming resorts Phuket has to offer. Set 2.3km from Layan Beach, it houses a luxe collection of 30 rooms and suites and 47 pool villas, a stretch of beach and a clifftop wedding chapel!
The Layan residences by Anantara in the same compound are one of the most impressive that we have seen. featuring incredibly spacious living compounds, breathtaking views, and luxurious amenities – perfect for engagement and solemnization events. On your Phuket honeymoon, spend your vacation days here relaxing at the shoreline pool, sipping refreshing beverages at the beachfront pool bar. Stay tuned for our upcoming review of Anantara Layan Phuket Resort!
2. Relax on Phuket’s best beaches – Patong & Kata Beach
Phuket is home to over 30 beaches. Few can compete with the abundance of sandy beaches and clear waters that Phuket has for a relaxing honeymoon. Patong and Kata Beach are two very popular beaches in Phuket. Patong, the well-known nightlife district of Phuket can get quite overwhelming and crowded at times, so if you are seeking lesser crowds, head over to Kata Beach. There are plenty of dining venues to eat at, and shopping to do, with a little bit of nightlife of its own too.
If you are in search for a quiet spot and you are up for a short drive, I suggest you head to Kata Noi beach. It is a cozy small bay with beautiful scenery. From the Kata viewpoint, you can see the bays of Karon, Kata and Kata Noi. Other popular beaches you can visit during your Phuket honeymoon are Karon Beach, Kamala Beach, Bangtao Beach, Surin Beach, Nai Harn Beach, Mai Kao Beach.
3. Cruise along the incredible Phang Nga Bay
This world-famous spot, Phang Nga Bay, also known as Ao Phang Nga National Park, is a bay situated between Phuket, Phang Nga, and Krabi. Characterized by limestone cliffs, rock formations, mangrove forests and small islands, simply cruise through the bay during your Phuket honeymoon to admire the beautiful landscape. There are three famous spots within Phang Nga Bay that is a must visit – James Bond Island, Koh Pangyee, the cave of the reclining Buddha. An interesting experience to enjoy Phang Nga Bay is to cruise on a June Bathra Chinese junk. A sunset cruise is also another beautiful way to see the landscape, as dawn turns to dusk.
James Bond Island
James Bond Island, locally known as Khao Ping Khan, appeared in the Bond film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. Check out this Klook tour that brings you to see it for that iconic shot. During the tour, you can also kayak into the hidden lagoons and caves of Panak Island and Hong Island.
Visit the fishing village of Koh Pangyee
This fishing villa is built entirely on stilts. The population of 360 families lives off mainly fishing and tourism. Here you can see friendly villagers living their simple lives in their huts. It is fascinating to see how this entire community is held up by wooden and concrete piles alone. Here you can find small shops and eateries, as well as fresh seafood. You can also find overnight accommodation for around 300 baht.
Explore The Cave of the Reclining Buddha
Another famous landmark is Wat Suwan Khuha, where you can visit the golden reclining Buddha. It represents Buddha during his last illness about to entire parinirvana. Do beware of naughty monkeys around here.
4. Go Island Hopping at Phi Phi Island & Snorkel at Maya Bay
This island group is Thailand’s superstar and is for many travelers, the very reason why they come to Phuket. The postcard-perfect landscape and laid-back allure is the reason why we fell in love with Phi Phi. You can literally tuck yourself away here to enjoy a respite from the busy city life. No hustle, no bustle, no reason to be in a hurry. The beaches, dramatic cliffs, stunning rock formation, and clear turquoise waters makes this place close to paradise. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don (Bamboo Island) and Phi Phi Leh.
Maya Beach in Phi Phi Leh is the setting where The Beach (featuring Leonardo Di Caprio) was filmed, a perfect spot for snorkeling. Be awed by the stunning scenery on this tour via Klook that takes you around Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay, as well as Monkey Island, Mosquito Island and Pileh Cove.
5. Marvel at the majestic Big Buddha
The Big Buddha is one of the most significant landmarks in the whole province. The 45 meters tall marble Buddha statue majestically sits atop a mountain and sparkles under the sun. It is so large that you can see it from far anywhere in the Southern Phuket. You can also head up to the top of the hill to enjoy the panoramic views of the island, and see sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon beaches and Chalong Bay. When at the Buddha, apart from the sound of dharma music and some bells, it is quiet and peaceful, perfect for sunset hours.
6. Visit Phuket’s famous Wat Chalong Temple
Wat Chalong, one of Phuket’s most famous temples, is visited by thousands of people each year. It is the most important Buddhist temple out of the 29 in Phuket. Built in the beginning of the 19th Century, this temple is a beauty, with intricate detailing and glittering glass pieces on the pagoda. On your Phuket honeymoon, visit this temple and discover its colourful history. Its interiors are decorated with paintings illustrating the life of Buddha and many golden statues. Do observe a strict dress code when visiting the temple.
7. Discover Old Phuket Town
Do visit the Old Phuket Town on your Phuket Honeymoon. Discover the streets with this walking guide. You will find beautiful shrines, impressive temples and old shophouse establishments, even a mini ex-red light district. This district offers much more than you can imagine, with its street food, local sights and old town vibes. The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture makes for an interesting afternoon and many vintage Instagram shots. On Sunday, there is a walking street that is not to be missed!
8. Experience extraordinary luxe living at Kata Rocks
This award-winning resort redefines luxury living. Set on the shores of the Andaman Sea, 6 miles from Patong Bay, the 5-Star Kata Rocks features modern white-on-white Sky Villas that blends style, serenity, and hospitality under one roof. Its spacious villas come complete with minimalist chic decor, luxe designer furnishings, your private terrace and infinity pool. Discover a world-class lifestyle with its unique oceanfront dining, innovative spa, and facilities. The oceanfront restaurant is a great spot for sunset watching. Stay tuned for our full review of Kata Rocks.
9. Explore the night markets of Phuket
If you did not already know, Thailand is famous for its night markets. You not only can find them laden in the cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Phuket also has night markets of its own. These local markets are great spots for your night bargain hunting to add to your souvenir collection. Plus you do not have to navigate these busy markets under the hot sun!
The Phuket Weekend Market (also known as Naka market), is the largest on the island, open on Sat and Sundays from 4 pm to 9 pm. Here you will find a fascinating selection of secondhand goods and local foods to try. Do get there early before the crowds arrive because it does get alarmingly crowded. Another market to visit would be Chillva Market, a hip and cool market that caters to a younger crowd. Despite being considerably much smaller in size than the Phuket weekend market, it still has plenty of good finds, and we love it mostly because of its local ‘bohemian’ vibes (and local prices)! The full market is open from Thursday to Saturday from 4 pm to 11 pm.
10. Admire the romantic sunset view at Promthep Cape
Phuket has several viewpoints ideal for sunrise and sunset watching, one of the most famous being Promthep Cape, which is located at the southernmost point of Phuket Island. Here you can see a spectacular sunset and uninterrupted ocean views, that on a good day, can stretch as far as Phi Phi Island. Due to its popularity, it can get very crowded, but the view is worth it. If you prefer quieter surroundings to admire the sunset, you can check out the Karon Viewpoint (used to be called Kata viewpoint) where you can see three magnificent bays or the other viewpoints here. Alternatively, if you’d like to enjoy the sunset with a cocktail in hand, head over to one of Phuket’s sunset bars or Phuket’s best beach bars.
12. Party hard at Patong & Bangla Road
On the west coast of Phuket island is Patong, a beach resort town where the party never stops. This stretch of sandy, crescent-shaped beach is lined with restaurants, bars, and cafes. Within Patong is the famous Bangla Road, the center of nightlife, where go-go bars, nightclubs, and beer bars line the neon-lit streets to create the huge party scene that Phuket is well known for. Most of the bars are outdoors or open-fronted, so the loud music blends into one another. It is quite a sight and definitely, a must visit on your Phuket honeymoon!
Near Bangla Road is Jungceylon Shopping Mall, a shopping and entertainment complex with over 200 stores selling branded clothes, shoes, cosmetics, perfumes, gadgets and much more. It also has a 16-lane bowling alley and a cinema.
13. Watch the sky light up during Loy Krathong
Loy Krathong, the festival of lights, is a national event that occurs annually on every 12th lunar month. Many have considered it to be one of the most magical events in Thailand. Not to be missed at the Buddhist temples around Phuket, you will see hundreds of floating lanterns, also known as ‘Krathong’ being lifted up into the skies, holding the wishes of many along with it. It is a stunning sight to see these lanterns light up the entire sky like stars. Though I would refrain from participating and releasing my own lantern due to environmental concerns, watching it can be a memorable experience during your Phuket honeymoon. The event will be on the 28 November 2018 next year.
14. Dive into the underwater world at the Similan Islands
The Andaman Sea around Phuket island has many stunning tropical islands awaiting your discovery. Apart from Phi Phi, the Similan Islands, 84km northwest of Phuket, is another popular spot, largely due to its azure blue waters and white sandy beaches. It is also a favourite for snorkeling and diving, thanks to its rich coral diversity. Check out this tour by Klook that will bring you to explore the best of Similan Islands, all in one day.
For a more peaceful and quiet escape, you can cruise to Maiton Private Island, also known as ‘honeymoon island’ via this tour, either via speedboat or catamaran.
15. Watch a Simon Cabaret Show
The Simon Cabaret show is unlike any other performance you have watched. It is the biggest transvestite cabaret show in Phuket, featuring a musical performed by a ladyboy cast. Fabulous costumes and glamour, this will make one interesting night of your Phuket honeymoon. Get your tickets via Klook for the show here.
16. Visit Phuket elephant sanctuary – refrain from visiting Phuket FantaSea
During our visit to Phuket, we made the mistake of visiting the famous theme park – Phuket FantaSea, not knowing that many reviews mentioned elephant and animal abuse. We ended up visiting the park and saw how these poor animals were subjected to subpar living conditions and horrible abuse. One of the mahouts kept beating and pinching a poor elephant just to make it lift its trunk to take photos with unsuspecting tourists. It was horrible to know that us visiting the park meant supporting their actions. During your Phuket honeymoon, we suggest for you to visit an ethical elephant sanctuary, one that focuses on rescuing these poor animals from horrible living and training conditions. We were recommended by our hotel to visit Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. Watching these gentle giants roam about freely is an amazing sight. If you are a responsible traveler, this should definitely be on your list.
Best time to visit Phuket:
Phuket enjoys a tropical climate, so weather is great year-round. March to mid-May are hotter, May to October is more humid due to the monsoon season. The wettest months are during mid-September, so if you are a beach and water sports lover, you may want to avoid that period. Avoid November to February for it is the peak period for tourists, so prices will naturally skyrocket.
How to get from Phuket to Singapore:
A 1-hour 50-minute flight will get you from Singapore to Phuket. We suggest finding the cheapest flights using Skyscanner.
Where to stay in Phuket:
Patong is the main tourist area in Phuket. During our first visit, we stayed at Holiday Inn which featured a comfortable stay and easy access to the party area. Karon, only 20-minutes away from Patong is a good area to stay at if you do not want to live in the chaos of Patong. There is shopping, cafes, and restaurants too, though not as many as Patong area.
During our second trip, we opted for a more serene spot, at Kata Beach, a 25-minutes drive from Patong. I personally think it is better suited for honeymooning couples who desire that peace and exclusiveness. You can still enjoy the beach without having to deal with the crowds at Patong!
How to get your tours in Phuket:
We discovered a must-have travel app! Klook offers a simple and convenient way to book your tours and tickets for must-see attractions and must-do activities in many popular destinations.
We used Klook to book all our tours and activities in Chiang Mai. The process was seamless and done in 3 quick steps.
- Visit Klook and search your destination.
- Klook recommends you activities based on what you are interested in, such as “The Must-Dos”, “Adrenaline Junkie”, “Take me away”, “Venture into Nature” and more. Click on any tour or activity that catches your eye, and you get a detailed breakdown of what to expect from the tour. The pricing is clearly stated on the website (no hidden charges), and even comes with a ‘best price guarantee’!
- The app shows you availabilities for you to make a reservation. Make yours and you get either an instant or 24-hour confirmation, which is emailed straight to your inbox. To redeem, simply flash your mobile coupon. No hassle dealing with print-outs, it is that easy.
What we loved so much about using Klook to book our travel experiences is that we could read reviews and experiences shared by fellow travelers about the tour. You get to make an informed decision before you sign up for the tour.
All tours listed on Klook are curated and verified by their team, no longer do you have to worry about untrustworthy agencies or unfair pricing.
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Klook really changes the way we are going to travel from now on. Booking our activities is now safe, secure, seamless, and can be all done prior to your trip. It was a refreshing feeling not having to worry about tours or pricing during our trip itself.
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