The allure of Phuket is difficult to explain… While its natural attractions are indisputably gorgeous, they are overshadowed by the (over)developed and (over)crowded beaches, teeming with selfie-obsessed tourists looking for an FoMO holiday destination!
Having said that… there is some positive aspect to Phuket! The island’s reputation makes it more accessible for travel (more/direct flights) and offers plenty of things to do! Ultimately, this location makes for a highly customizable vacation – based on what YOU want to make of it!
We chose to stay away from the masses (read:over-crowded areas) due to the timing with the Chinese New Year, and skipped things like the Big Buddha, Fantasea, etc. but still managed to get a good flavor of the town. Here’s a list of what we thought were Top Experiences in Phuket
For one of the nights in Phuket, we decided to attend a Thai Boxing match with the locals! The Patong Boxing Stadium (Sainamyen Rd.) organizes a Thai boxing match every Monday, Thursday and Saturday night (9pm until–). They get professional Muay Thai fighters from both Thailand and abroad, and the fights are attended by heavy-betting locals and tourists alike; we picked a Monday and they had fighters from Australia, France, and Germany in addition to local Phuket fighters. (Bangkok’s Lumpini Stadium is considered the holy ground for all Muay Thai fights, but sadly, we didn’t have enough days/time in Bangkok to catch a fight there.)
Five main fights planned for the night, and 10 players geared up to win – this is their story!