For many travelers, whether they’re backpackers or holidaymakers, Phuket is a stopover island, where you’re able to rest and put your feet up before going on to your next destination. With islands like Koh Phi Phi just a short boat ride away, travellers are looking to get cheap accommodation for a night or two, experience the local nightlife and move on to another selection of beautiful beaches. This is not to say that Phuket isn’t a great holidaying destination however, and you’ll easily be able to stay here for weeks on end, especially with the amazing food, humble locals and wealth of activities. Let’s take a look at how to survive 48 hours in Phuket.
Travelling To Phuket
Travelling to Phuket can be a long journey, especially if you’re making your way from Europe. Thankfully, many airlines offer direct flights, and you can some yourself money by booking online at various price comparison websites. You’re looking at 10 hours from Sydney to fly to Phuket, while a flight from London takes just under 12 hours.
Kata Beach Nightlife
Kata Beach may not be the most vibrant place to party in Phuket, however it is the perfect spot to get a bite to eat, and sip cocktails whilst enjoying the sea breeze. If you’re looking for traditional bars to relax the night away in, instead of hugging the dance floor until the early hours of the morning, then Kata Beach is the place for you, and you’re not just confined to one section of the shoreline either. There are loads of great restaurants and places to drink all over the beach front, and many offer their own evening entertainment too. Kata Beach is the perfect place to spend the night if you’re planning on moving to another island in the morning, and accommodation here is pretty cheap too.
Dino Park Mini Golf
If you’re travelling to Phuket with your children, then you’re going to need some to keep them entertained during your stopover. Thankfully, Kata Beach can keep kids happy as well as adults, and one of the best places to do this is the Dino Park Mini Golf Course! Not only is it cheap to get in, but a round of mini golf gets cheaper the more you keep coming back to play. There’s also a kids restaurant on site too, overlooking the beach and offering a safe and secure play area. For the parents, there’s a great cocktail bar to try out, as well as pool for the whole family to relax in after a hard days sinking those balls!
Siam Niramit Phuket
Even if you are only staying in Phuket for 48 hours, it would be a shame to miss out on a cultural opportunity of a lifetime. Siam Niramit is an extravaganza of lights, acrobatics, music and traditional dance, and depending on what night you go you might even be able to catch some martial arts! If you like visual entertainment that engages all your senses, then this show is the one for you, and most impressively it runs without intermission for several hours. Divided into three unique acts which detail Thai culture, religion and even elements of the tsunami that destroyed many surrounding islands, the Siam Niramit show in Phuket is a great way to enjoy a night out without visiting the bars and clubs.