Dubbed the Pearl of the South
, Phuket is one of the world's most famous beach destinations.Thailand's largest and most visited island, the hot spot revolves around and thrives on tourism yet retains a spark of the real Thailand. Here are some of the best ways to spend three days in Phuket.
Day 1: Exploring the Island
The best way to get an introduction to the island and check out the downtown scene is by taking a morning tour with an English-speaking guide who can tell you all you need to know about your new surroundings. In the evening, be dazzled by the Las Vegas-style Simon Cabaret Show, or combine dinner and a Thai cultural show at FantaSea, where the whirling, swirling, vivid display of Thailand's exotic heritage delight viewers.
Day 2: Get Active
After your introductory day out on the island, it’s time to
get out there and get moving. A vacation in Phuket definitely means dipping your toes in
the gorgeous blue water, but you can also opt to take the plunge on a rafting
adventure. Go for a
rain forest canoe ride down the Sok River in the island's interior, or
explore the mysterious tidal caves of Phang Nga Bay by canoe.
Day 3: The Surrounding Waters
If yesterday's activities didn't include enough water-fueled action for you, you're
in luck. Phuket is surrounded by exquisite groups of islands, all easily seen on a day trip. Ride a speedboat to Krabi, famous for its
snorkeler's wonderland of limestone caves and white-sand beaches, or see Koh Phi Phi for yourself—some say its the region's most beautiful island group. If you'd rather sail more
leisurely, ride a ferry to the nearby islands for some free time to swim, snorkel, and
soak up the sunshine.