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48 Hours in Phuket: A Snapshot of Thailand’s Tropical Paradise


This is obvious, but it needs to be said: Phuket will take your breath away. This island, in the Andaman Sea, is singularly identifiable due to the turquoise, clear water of its beaches and its hilly and rainforested terrain, which makes way for the most stunning views of Phuket town and nearby islands.   

Having been part of a major trading route between China and India and seeing the docking of ships from countries like Portugal, France, and the Netherlands, Phuket’s architecture in the old parts of town harks back to these historic influences, which are meticulously preserved for visitors. Additionally, a significant number of Phuket’s current inhabitants are of Malay and Chinese ancestry (including Peranakans) which further affects and influences the delectable cuisine and culture of Thailand’s largest island.  

With that small history lesson out of the way, let’s dive into what a 48-hour itinerary could possibly look like here. However, bear in mind that Phuket is the very definition of an island paradise and that if you have extra days to spare, you should absolutely extend your trip and make the most of your time here.       

First things first, since you will have no time to waste after reaching Phuket, freshen up at your accommodation before we head out on an epic five-hour food tour to experience the flavours of Southern Thailand. First, you will visit a unique donation-based barbershop and a Chinese temple which is greatly revered by the locals and looks resplendent against the setting sun.  

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