If you’re on Phuket and you’ve already decided which scooter to choose and you can’t wait to get on it and go exploring the Pearl of the Andaman Sea, we’ll run to your aid. The scooter gives you the advantage over other means of transport that you can reach little-known places, at any time, and thus you can enjoy this exotic island without crowds of tourists and on your terms. There are world-famous places like Patong or Big Buddha and beautiful beaches of the west coast, so-called Phuket must-see, but there are also places less known and equally interesting. Therefore, the article has two variants.
The first variant is recommended to everyone who is here for the first time and would like to see all the places known from Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook, the most beautiful views and popular tourist attractions. The second variant is recommended for those who like to travel off the beaten track, discover new non-commercial places whose beauty is not so obvious and the road is longer and more difficult.
Before you start your adventure with the scooter, read our short article about basic road safety rules.
Variant 1 – Phuket Must See on Motorbike
Patong Beach, Karon, Kata, Nai Harn, Karon Viewpoint, Prompthep Cape, Big Buddha, Old Phuket Town, Wat Chalong, Mokney Hill – this is the maximum you can do in one day, assuming you start early in the morning and finish at sunset. The best way to start the day is with Big Buddha, the largest Buddha statue on Phuket Hill, from where the Phuket skyline spreads out. Then you should drive up to Wat Chalong, the most important Buddhist temple on Phuket. Then we suggest the Monkey Hill, where you can watch the funny macaques living in the wild. Lunch is best enjoyed in the historic Phuket Old Town, you will find so many local restaurants located between colourful houses. Spend the afternoon on one of the beautiful West Coast beaches, stopping off along the way at one of the famous viewpoints, such as Karon Viewpoint.
All recommended attractions are marked on the map below and are easily accessible to people who have stopped in Karon, Rawai or Patong. The roads are in good condition, all covered with asphalt. Traffic is heavy, especially in the morning and between 4 and 6 in the afternoon. Sometimes it is slippery, especially in the rain or when there is sand on the road, so be careful. Despite the popular flip-flop fashion on Phuket, you should wear full boots and don’t forget your sunglasses! A long, airy sleeve will work better than a tank top unless you dream of a red and painful tan at the end of the day.
Variant 2 – Phuket Off the Beaten Path on a Motorbike
Plan for today: a jungle trek over a waterfall, a plane spotting on Mai Khao Beach, an Abandoned 5-star ghost hotel, secluded Banana Beach and a dinner overlooking the Patong skyline.
Start as early as you can, it will be intense, and the day in Thailand ends at 6:30 pm. The first point is short trekking through the jungle at Bang Pae Waterfall. The waterfall is surrounded by exotic nature and stunning landscapes. Since the waterfall is located in the Khao Phra Taeo National Park, the ticket costs 200 THB per person, which is worth using the waterfall. Stock up on something delicious for a picnic and look for a cool, shady spot next to the waterfall where you can relax.
Another point of today is the plane spotting on the southern end of Mai Khao Beach. This is a unique place where you can take a picture on the beach with a low-flying plane approaching the landing. It is great to watch these giant metal machines majestically descending over the turquoise blue waters of the Andaman Sea. They are approaching so close to the sea; it seems that you can almost touch their hull!
Not far from Mai Khao Beach is the unusual tourist attraction of the Abandoned 5-star ghost hotel in Nai Yang Beach. The construction of this luxury hotel was frozen in 2004 during the final stage. The reason for this is a dispute with the local authorities about the very fact of building the hotel in the Sirinat National Park. The hotel was burned down several years ago and what was gradually destroyed by the jungle. The hotel is best viewed from the outside as it is dangerous to enter the area due to the risk of collapse. Leaving the hotel you go to secluded Banana Beach. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Due to the difficult access, there are no crowds of people and you can enjoy the turquoise water and coconut sheikh.
The last point is a local restaurant located in the hills above Patong Wassa homemade Bar. It is a little known place and often visited by local people. It offers an unforgettable view of Patong after dark.