How to spend 1 day in Phuket? The province of Phuket consists of an island bordered by sandy beaches, with miles of palm trees, small villages and dozens of activities, cultural sites or sports. It is also the perfect place if you want to relax in the sun and enjoy the fabulous surroundings of Phuket on your tour to Thailand.

Best time to go to Phuket

The island of Phuket has a humid tropical climate, which means that the temperatures are warm all year, but mainly in April, between May and September, or in October.

The monsoon period extends between September and October, but you will rarely experience many days of unfavorable weather on this island paradise, so there is nothing to worry about on your 1 day in Phuket.

How to get to Phuket?

Being a popular destination for tourists, there are many ways to get to Phuket:

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By air

Phuket International Airport is the second largest airport in Thailand after Bangkok. A lot of domestic and international flights (Europe, Asia, Australia …) take off and arrive every day.

By bus

The bus from Bangkok to Phuket will take you about 13 hours to travel. You should choose a high-quality night bus to enjoy an uninterrupted sleep on your 1 day in Phuket.

By motorbike or tuk-tuk

In Phuket, it is very easy and economical to travel by these two transportations. You will also have no problem when transferring between different attractions you have planned for your 1 day in Phuket.

Where to stay in Phuket?

Here are our suggested best accommodations  for your 1 day in Phuket:

On the beach

Katathani Phuket is a well-known and popular hotel for its tropical gardens, azure blue pools and a private beach. This place is such a little corner of paradise that you should consider while in Phuket.

For couples

SALA Phuket Resort is the perfect place for taking a honeymoon trip. Don’t forget to experience outdoor bathrooms at this resort!

For families

JW Marriott Phuket is the ideal place for a dream family vacation. Many activities are offered at no extra cost for children, counting a real plus on your 1 day in Phuket.

For small budgets

Patong Princess Hotel has its beautiful view to the dynamism of Patong and an outdoor swimming pool. It also offer a suitable price that you should consider for your staying in Phuket.

Suggested Itinerary for 1 day in Phuket

Itinerary 1: Get to know the city

Itinerary 2: Get off-the-beaten-path

1 day in Phuket

Marvelous Islands in Phuket

Itinerary 1

Morning: Taking photos of Wat Chalong and Big Buddha

Wat Chalong
Majestic Wat Chalong Temple, Phuket

Majestic Wat Chalong Temple, Phuket

This is the perfect place for visitors who wish to discover Buddhist culture in a breathtaking atmosphere. You had better make sure to take off your shoes as well as cover your shoulders and legs before entering a building.

Big Buddha

Big Buddha is one of the most important and most revered sites on the island. The 45-meter high statue was built in 2004 with its peaceful and spectacular scenery on the Mount Nakkerd.

Afternoon: Lazing on the beach

There are a lot of beautiful beaches that are worth visiting on your 1 day in Phuket:

Kata Beach

With its fine sand and crystal clear water, there is no doubt that you will get immersed deeply at this sea. Especially on the period from May to October, you can enjoy the waves with a cocktail feet in the water thanks to the cool weather with low rainfall.

Karon Beach

This is the third longest beach of the island and the most suitable sea for snorkeling and diving on your 1 day in Phuket.

Patong Beach

A perfect rendezvous for party lovers! There are different bars and entertainment areas for you to party in an idyllic setting on your 1 day in Phuket.

Freedom Beach

One of the most beautiful and quietest beaches that you can find in Phuket. As the name tells, this spot is perfect for a relaxing moment, with family or couples.

Paradise Beach

It is on this beach that the Full Moon takes place. It often gets crowded here but you can still find some calmer corners from the main beach.

Cape Promthep
Romantic sunset at Cape Promthep

Romantic sunset at Cape Promthep

On the Southern tip of the island, the place is ideal for lovers of sunsets. A palette of exquisite colors that gradually fade into the water, the place seems out of a dream.

Evening: Street tour at Phuket

Strolling on Bangla Road

This street is the main artery of Patong. It is revealed at dusk and its wandering has become a must-visit for 1 day in Phuket. You can have so much fun at many bars, restaurants, clubs with all in a symphony of colorful neon lights and music on this special road.

Enjoying a magical show at Phuket Fantasea
A fantastic performance at Phuket Fantasea

A fantastic performance at Phuket Fantasea

It is an amusement park that tells you the mysteries and legends of Thailand, staging them in a show whose stars are elephants, and many artists in traditional costumes. This is an activity that children especially love on 1 day in Phuket.

Itinerary 2: Get off-the-beaten-track

Option 1: Visiting Phang Nga Bay and the famous James Bond Island

The well-known James Bond Island

The well-known James Bond Island

Phang Nga Bay has hosted many film shoots, and for good reason, its natural beauty is fascinating. Sailing on clear waters by boat, kayaking or taking a cruise ship, and discovering the over-water village of Koh Panyee will make your trip more complete than ever! Spending 1 day in Phuket in the heart of nature, invigorating and relaxing to discover Phuket as you have never seen before.

Option 2: Refreshing at your leisure at Phi Phi Islands

These two small islands are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful places in Thailand. There is an idyllic setting in which you can laze all day. This tourist attraction has the famous Maya Bay beach, which is used as a filming location for the film “The Beach” with Leonardo Dicaprio. This beach has been closed to tourists for a few years to preserve its ecosystem of the place, but you can safely enjoy Phi Phi Don, which offers equally wonderful places, and a myriad of restaurants and hotels will be one pleasure to welcome you on your 1 day in Phuket.

Option 3: Discovering and admiring the sunrise at Coral Island

Natural coral reefs at Coral Island

Natural coral reefs at Coral Island

Located just 15 minutes by boat from the main island, this small island is famous for its magnificent coral reefs. If you are a diving or snorkeling enthusiast, this is the place for you. In case you want to enjoy the island as if you were alone in the world, we recommend sleeping on site. Tomorrow morning when you wake up and watch the sunrise at this beautiful spot, you will truly get fulfilled into your soul.

Best foods to eat for 1 day in Phuket

The island is full of restaurants of all kinds, here are a few that we highly recommend, to treat all budgets for 1 day in Phuket.

Local food

Laem Hin seafood

This is one of the best seafood restaurants on the island, where you can lie on the sand and enjoy your meal, while listening to the wind beat, the waves sounds and admiring this place’s beauty.

Rimpan Seafood

As you can see, seafood is in the spotlight here as well. It is a small hidden hideaway in the North of the island, where you will taste your dishes in small bungalows on the beach on your 1 day in Phuket.

Chic restaurants

Black Ginger Phuket

This restaurant is located in the middle of a lagoon, so you can access to this place only by boat. You will have a chance to enjoy traditional dishes revisited with a touch of modernity that create such a pleasure for the eyes and the palate on your 1 day in Phuket.

Blue Elephant Phuket

This is an imposing building not far from the old Phuket district, whose Thai cuisine has proven itself more than once.

We hope that these information helpful for your plan traveling on 1 day to Phuket. Customize your tour to Thailand so that we can help create your most amazing trip to the country of pagodas!
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Bich Ngoc

As a true Vietnamese enthusiast of music, books and coffee, Bich Ngoc loves researching into those typical cultural characteristics of Vietnam as well as exploring further destinations in the country of thousand years of civilization.

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