The insider’s guide to the must-see attractions in Phuket

From a restaurant with sweeping sea views to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, don’t leave Phuket without checking out these spots.

People taking photos at Promthep Cape
  • Kamei Cheong
  • March 2020

Thailand’s largest island has it all from great street eats to beautiful natural scenery, and Paul Halford, General Manager of beach resort OZO Phuket, knows where to find the best of everything.

For seafood: Kan Eang @ Pier

Kan Eang @ Pier
The restaurant is located at the edge of the sea right next to Chalong pier.

Kan Eang @ Pier opens in new window is one of the oldest restaurants in Phuket. It’s a gorgeous and relaxing setting, and the perfect way to end a busy day of exploring Phuket,” Halford says. The specialities such as Hor Mok (a curry mousse made with fresh mackerel), and smoked shrimp dip served with fresh local vegetables, are a great introduction to the robust and complex flavours the restaurant is known for. But for purists who want to savour the freshness of the seafood, go straight for the local lobster, served sashimi style, or simply grilled with butter and garlic.

Address: 44/1 Viset Road Moo 5 T.Rawai A.Muang
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The major attraction that is worth the hype: Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape
Promthep Cape is one of the most popular attractions in Phuket so get there early to reserve a good spot to catch the sunset — it will be worth it.

“Promthep Cape is one of the island’s most photographed landmarks for good reason — it offers unbeatable sunset views. There are iconic sugar palm trees along the pathway up to the viewing point, and visitors can also walk down the end of the cape. This is one of my favourite spots in Phuket to appreciate the sheer natural beauty of the island. I could sit here for hours just watching the sea or exploring the area’s vantage point views and secluded beaches.”

Address: Mueang Phuket District

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The cultural site to check out: Big Buddha Phuket

Big Buddha Phuket
Sitting at 45m tall, Big Buddha Phuket can be seen as far away as Phuket Town.

OZO Phuket opens in new window is fortunate to be in such close proximity to this larger-than-life landmark. Like Promthep Cape, the views from the top are amazing — it overlooks sweeping vistas of numerous bays on the western coast of Phuket.”

Address: Karon, Mueang Phuket District

For one of the best beaches on the island: Kata Beach

Kata Beach at sunset
Unlike Patong Beach, Kata Beach is generally quieter and more family-friendly.

“As an Australian, I know a thing or two about beaches, and Kata beach is by far my favourite beach in Phuket. The sand is clean and soft, and there is a nice gentle slope into the water, making it safe as well. Take a leisurely stroll and watch your worries melt away. If you surf, April to September is the best time to catch the waves.”

Address: Karon, Mueang Phuket District