After a year that brought international travel to a standstill, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced that Phuket will officially reopen to foreign visitors who have been vaccinated (without quarantine requirements) from July 1. Here are 10 of the top things to do on a family trip to Phuket.
1. Explore Phuket Old Town
Clustered with atmospheric buildings designed in a Sino-Portuguese style, Phuket Old Town is well worth a wander to soak up its rich history. Coincide your visit with the Sunday Walking Street Market (also known as the Lard Yai Market), which takes place between 4pm and 10pm on Thalang Road.
2. Phuket 3D Museum
For amazing photo ops at an art gallery with a difference, head to the Phuket 3D Museum where you can interact with surreal modern installations. It houses around 100 painted and sculpted scenes that employ deceptive artistic techniques to make them appear as though they are multi-dimensional.
3. Hanuman World Phuket
Inspired by the monkey god Hanuman, this ziplining adventure will see you flying between centuries-old trees in a hillside jungle. There are various courses to suit all ages and adrenalin levels, as well as a spectacular skywalk for exploring the forest canopy in a more leisurely way.
4. Dolphins Bay Phuket
Dolphins Bay Phuket is the only dolphinarium on the island, and is the place to head for exhilarating marine life shows featuring dolphins and sea lions. Aside from having a family snap with the dolphins, you can also interact and swim with them or learn the behind-the-scenes of being a dolphin trainer.
5. Blue Tree Phuket
Blue Tree is the largest water park in Phuket and centres around a stunning (and immense) lagoon. There are plenty of waterslides and children’s play areas in this tropical paradise, as well as a treehouse-inspired restaurant and several food trucks. Prefer to stay dry? You can learn the art of trapeze or go ice-skating (without the ice!)
6. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Providing a home for retired working elephants, this ethically run sanctuary helps to rehabilitate these gentle creatures into forest life. The half-day program includes elephant feeding and a jungle walk to a natural pool where you can watch them bathing and playing.
Tribhum is a fantasy adventure theme park based on the Asian legend of the Great Garuda and the King of Nagas. It takes you on a 3D journey through mystical worlds in search of the elixir of mortality, as well as featuring live Thai puppetry and dance performances.
8. The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
This wildlife conservation centre has been rescuing and rehabilitating gibbons since 1992, with the aim of releasing them back into the wild. Located within Khao Phra Theaw National Park, it’s a unique opportunity to get up close to a variety of gibbon species while supporting their future survival.
9. Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation
Mai Khao is one of only a few beaches in Phuket that still receives nesting sea turtles, and there’s no better way to learn how we can protect their ecosystems than on a visit to this sanctuary. Kids will love watching the feeding session with the resident turtles, most of whom have disabilities that would put them at risk if returned to the wild.
10. Laem Hin Seafood
Seafood lovers should not miss local seafood restaurants in Laem Hin, which has a wooden outdoor terrace over the water on Phuket’s east coast with varieties of fresh seafood and other southern Thai dishes from a wide range of restaurants. Kruvit Raft provides a free two-minute long-tail boat ride, and Bang Mud Floating Restaurant is highly recommended.
IN PARTNERSHP WITH TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND