A few friends and I hop on the 3.5 hour flight from Macau to Phuket and land in the land of smiles in the Andaman Sea of southern Thailand. It has temperatures between 24°C and 30°C all year round, which is perfect if you’re planning to get that gorgeous tan! We’re only in Phuket for a weekend, and during this three-day trip, we plan to swim at the beach, sunbathe, try some nice food and drinks, and relax at a spa (or three).
Here is how we managed to fit it all in, with recommendations of what to do in Phuket in a weekend:
Eat & Drink
Torry’s Ice cream – Soi Rommani neighborhood
What’s the best food for a sunny day? It has to be ice cream of course! Torry’s Ice cream offers over 60 flavors of homemade ice cream using local Phuket ingredients. Some of their unique Phuket-inspired special flavors include O-Aew (clear jelly with red beans) and A-Pong (crispy coconut crepe). Their croissant ice cream with honey is highly recommended! Also don’t forget to order a bottle of Malou ice tea – all four flavors are amazing, but lavender and lime is my favorite. After a fulfilling meal, you explore Soi Rommani neighborhood which is known as Phuket’s lane of happiness and is full of Sino-Portuguese buildins and interesting shops.
Torry’s Ice cream 16 Soi Rommanee, Thalang Road, Tumbon Taladnue, Aumpher Muang, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand, +66 76 510 888
One Chun Café & Restaurant
Located inside a building that has been standing for over 100 years, the One Chun Café & Restaurant is nicely decorated with vintage collections of clocks, vinyls, old cameras and many more. It is one of the best restaurants in town for southern Thai cuisine. Make sure to try their famous Nam Prik Gung Siap, featuring a paste made with dried shrimp, onion, chili, lime and palm sugar. I also love the Pak Meang dish, which is essentially fried shrimp with a vegetable local to Phuket.
One Chun Café & Restaurant 48/1 Thepkasattri Road (near the intersection with Dibuk Road in Phuket Old Town), +66 (0) 7 635 5909, +66 (0)8 514 5443
Relax & Chill
Sukko Spa Resort
You can’t leave Thailand without trying out one of its luxury spa experiences which come at some of the most affordable prices in Asia. Upon entering Sukko, a lemongrass scent quickly hits you and cleanses your mind – this will set you up for a body treatment. The therapists let you choose the type of massage oil and they have private rooms facing the forest. When I tried it during my trip it was extremely soothing and I woke up feeling refreshed and loosened up.
Sukko Spa Resort 5/10 Moo 3, Tumbon Vichit,Amphur Muang, Phuket, Thailand 83000, +66 (76) 530 456
Dream Beach Club Phuket
If you are looking for a stylish and laid-back afternoon on the beach you should head to the Dream Beach Club Phuket, which is the best place to catch dreamy sunsets. As part of the famous Dream brand from NYC, this club is one of the largest clubs of its kind in Thailand and sits on the coast. You can enjoy their cooling cocktails while chilling in the swimming pool, or you may head right to the beach to swim in the azure Andaman Sea. The place also turns into a night club during the evening. Don’t miss the chance to party in Thailand!
Dream Beach Club Phuket Layan Beach, Soi 2, Thalang District,Phuket 83110, Thailand +66 (0) 98 048 3500
The Catch Club is one of the classiest clubs in Phuket, known for its DJs who focus on chill-out and techno tunes. It is located right on the beach where you can enjoy the lovely sea breezes while the beats go on. There is also a wide selection of beverages listed on a funky lit-up menu. On the night we went, there were fire stunt performances and pole dancing too! The music was great and everyone had a great night – highly recommended!
Catch Club 202/88 Moo 2, Bangtao, Phuket, +66 (0) 65 348 2017