Phuket is the largest Island of Thailand and is full of activities to keep you occupied. If you were already on the island hopping, you bathed the elephant and shot some high calibre rifles or you just avoid organized tours, you can go exploring the island for yourself. Getting around Phuket by motorbike is a great way to hit all the best places. From Big Buddha to sunsets on the beach, here are few interesting routes.
1. Around the Bay of Chalong Phuket: Big Buddha & Wat Chalong – 60 km
During this road trip, you will see the most famous landmarks of the island and must-visit island destinations, as Big Buddha, Wat Chalong, and Phuket Old Town. The route begins in The Bay of Chalong, a natural harbor, which brings in sailors from all over the world. You can see there many yachts docked and stroll down the pier to have a great view of the bay. Next, the route will take you up to the Big Buddha, a 45 m tall Buddha Statue. The Big Buddha looks towards the Chalong Bay and the view is absolutely stunning. After making your way back down the mountain from the Big Buddha, you head a short distance to Wat Chalong, the island’s biggest temple. It is a great example of the beauty of Thai religious architecture. Apart from religious architecture, you will have an opportunity to admire the colonial one and remnants of a European settlement. The historic quarter of Phuket Town offers quite a few shops and restaurants with a Sino-Portuguese style.
HINT: Have a breakfast at the lighthouse in The Bay of Chalong
Detailed route: The Bay of Chalong – Big Buddha – Wat Chalong – Phuket Town – Patong – Karon – Kata – The Bay of Chalong
2. “Avoid Crowds” Beaches of West Coast – 25 km
This route runs through the beautiful, lesser-known beaches of the west coast of Phuket. This route is great if you want to escape from crowds of tourists and enjoy beautiful nature and peace. It begins in Sirinat National Park, which promotes to preserve natural resources as coniferous forests, coral reefs, beaches as places for sea turtles to lay their eggs, mole crabs, and seashells. The 13-kilometer coastline of the national park covers many beautiful beaches with white sand. Heading south from Nai Yang Beach, the road takes you through a village then into a lush green valley before reaching the Nai Thon Beach. Approaching next destinations, the narrow road leads through some of the island’s last remaining virgin jungle, and winds along a coastline that rivals the Cote d’Azur in its brilliant beauty. You can end your trip at Kamala Tsunami Monument, which remains a pice of sade history of the Island.
HINT: Take your time hhile exploring phuket by motorbike and plan this route for at least half a day.
Detailed route: Nai Yang Beach – Nai Thon Beach – Banana Beach – Surin Beach – Kamala Beach
3. Famous Beaches of the West Coast – 50 km
If you have not decided which beach on Phuket is the best, this route will help you decide. Following the west coast to the south you will pass the most famous beaches of Phuket, each has its own unique identity and personality. Your ride starts at the busy Patong Beach. Heading się towards the southern tip of the Island make sure you hug the coast, which means turning right off the main road. You will pass by Karon Beach, Kata Beach and tranquil Nai Harn until you reach the south of the island and Rawai Beach. Heading south, you’ll notice that beaches are becoming less crowded with far fewer tourists and quieter from the busy Patong from where you started. You will pass on the way the Kata View Point, that gives a wonderful vantage point of the beaches you just visited.
HINT: Bring your swimmers and a towel so you can take a dip in some of the world’s best beaches
Detailed route: Patong Beach – Karon Beach – Kata Beach – Kata View Point – Nai Harn Beach – Rawai Beach – Chalong – Patong Beach
4. Phuket Andaman Coast Loop – 95 km
This picturesque motorcycle route runs through the southern part of the island and the west coast, where the most beautiful beaches of Phuket are located. The ride also includes a loop around Ban Wad Reservoir – Phuket’s largest source of fresh water, a large artificial lake in the hills in the Kathu area. You will pass interesting places like Phuket Mining Museum, which is great for those, who are interested in the history of Phuket. There is also on the route Royal Phuket Country Club, located between Phuket Town and Patong beach, smoothly rolling through a valley of hills, forests, and limestone cliffs. The route mainly consists of flat sections, but there are steep and winding parts, especially on the west coast, passing from the beach to the beach. Plan this route for whole day – it’s 95 km!
HINT: To avoid heavy traffic on Chaofah Road and around Patong Beach go early in the morning after breakfast.
Detailed route: Ban Saiyuan, Rawai – Hayaek Chalong – Honda – Muang Chaofah Rd – Kathu – Royal Phuket Country Club – Ban Wad Reservoir (1 Lap) – Kathu – Loch Palm Golf Course – British School Loop – Monument – Nong Bang Cho Loop – Surin – Kamala – Patong – Karon – Kata – Karon View Point – Saiyuan.
5. North Phuket Loop 87 km
While Phuket’s south coast offers its most popular beaches, the north is more tranquil and quiet. This route runs through the northern part of the island, covers part of the east coast and beautiful beaches on the north west side of the island – Naithon and Banana Beach. It begins in a beautiful and popular resort destination – Laguna Phuket. You will drive around the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park – Phuket’s last significant virgin rainforest, which is a home for a number of wild animals including gibbons. Apart from it, you have an opportunity to be in an unseen and still pretty virgin part of the Island – Laem Khat.
Detailed route: Start at Laguna Phuket – Wat Thep Kasattri – Ban Reang Rd – Wat Muang – Ban Manik – Mission Hills Phuket Golf Club – Laem Khat – Phuket Coastal Aquatic Animals Development Center – Ban Malik – Asian Shooting Range – Naithon Beach – Banana Beach – Laguna Phuket