In Phuket just for the weekend? Doing any destination in 48 hours is a challenge, so we’ve compiled the spots you need to visit to get the full Phuket experience in a minimal amount of time. There’s no better place to launch your two days of eating, shopping, relaxing and partying in Phuket than Patong — and here are the best places to hit along the way.
Pre-dinner Drinks at Joe’s
As the sun sets, head to Joe’s Downstairs, an upscale bar and restaurant with stunning ocean views of Patong Bay. Expect stylish cocktails, an award-winning wine selection, gourmet tapas and nourishing bites from both land and sea. If you want to score a table on the white wooden terrace, we recommend you call the day before.
Authentic Thai for Dinner
To follow up your pre-dinner drinks with some authentic Thai food, you can’t go wrong with the Naina restaurant. It’s a bit of a drive, but the food and fun outdoor dining space is worth the trip.
An Evening Thai Fight
If you’re looking for some evening entertainment, you might want to catch a Muay Thai fight, Thailand’s national sport. Located near Patong beach, Bangla Boxing Stadium is one of the oldest and most famous stadiums in Phuket. The fights are held every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday starting at 9 pm.
A Morning Dip
Start your day with a trip to the beach. Diving into the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea will make you feel like you’ve truly arrived in paradise. The busiest and liveliest beach in Phuket, Patong Beach is residents’ favourite. And if you’re looking to try some thrilling water sports, it’s a great spot for it.
Shopping and Lunch at Jungceylon
You’ve had a swim and some sun — now it’s time for some retail therapy. Jungceylon is the largest mall in Phuket. This shopping haven has it all: fashion, accessories, sportswear and electronics. And if all that shopping builds up an appetite, there is a food court located under the mall where you’ll find rows of restaurants, bars and coffee shops serving Thai, European, Korean, Japanese and Chinese cuisine.
Right next to the mall is Banzaan Fresh Market, a market where you can discover fun-looking Thai fruits, amazing fishes, exotic veggies and colourful sweets.
A Spicy Dinner Option
Kalim Rim Lay is a local restaurant serving spicy Thai food and seafood. Its tiny bamboo huts by the beach offer the perfect setting to watch the spectacular sunset. The Som Tam (the iconic green papaya salad) is delicious, and if you like fresh fish, this is the place for you — be sure to try the sea bass.
Patong is often called the nightlife capital of Phuket. Beer, go-go bars, nightclubs, cabarets, drag shows and live music — you can find all of this along Bangla Road. Soi Sea Dragon is where you’ll find most of the go-go bars such as Suzy Wong’s and Devil’s Playground. With a huge tiger overlooking the street, Tiger Disco occupies three floors with a bar on the ground floor and a nightclub set on the upper levels.
Illuzion is one of the many nightclubs set in the centre of Bangla road. It features an incredible atmosphere, futuristic design and awesome music. Patong is also home to numerous live music bars. Among the most popular ones are Rock City and Red Hot, where you can soak in the relaxed atmosphere, cheer to the live bands playing your favourite songs and sip cocktails.
Thai Cooking Class
Get ready to wok it at Pum’s Thai Cooking School Phuket. Learn how to make curry paste from scratch and the cooking techniques to recreate your favourite Thai dishes back home. Class includes a trip to the local market to buy fresh ingredients as well as an introduction to Thai vegetables, herbs, spices and sauces. The food you cook will be the food you’ll eat for lunch, so go easy on those chillies!
Massage Last Night Away
Need to recover from yesterday’s evening activities? Treat yourself to a Thai Massage at Healthland Massage or Original One Massage and Spa. Both offer a variety of different massages, as well as hair and nail treatments, and waxing.
A Farewell View
If you’re looking for somewhere relaxing to spend your last evening in Phuket, Wassa Homemade Bar is located on top of a hill with an incredible, 180-degree view of Patong Bay. Arrive in the early hours of the evening for sundown drinks and stay on late into the night to take in the vistas of the glittering city lights. The menu is simple, featuring beers, cocktails, snacks and a selection of Thai mains.
If you’re only in Phuket for 48 hours, there’s no time to waste. These highlights will help you hit the best of the city on a deadline.