Enjoy the serenity and views at the Big Buddha
Take a trip to one of Phuket’s most revered sites, the Big Buddha in Southern Phuket. This impressive 45-metre landmark towers high atop Nakkerd Hill, close to Kata. Aside from the peace experienced at the foot of this white-marble Buddha statue, you’ll also enjoy sweeping 360-degree views.
You can explore the onsite temple, filled with Buddha statues and amulets. The monks here offer blessings and occasional ceremonies.
If you’re both into fitness, consider hiking to Big Buddha for sunrise. It’s steep and takes around an hour, but it feels like you’ve earnt your time watching the sunrise over the jutting islands in the distance. You’ll also have the place pretty much to yourself.
Bond at Soi Dog, Phuket’s top attraction
For animal-loving couples, a visit to Soi Dog is a Phuket must-do. This incredible rescue organisation has been critical in assisting Phuket’s vulnerable street dogs and cats.
Soi Dog offers free daily tours that allow you to experience their passion for animals and appreciate the important work they do. You also get to meet and greet some of the resident strays.
If you have the time (a 2-day minimum), it’s especially rewarding to volunteer at Soi Dog. Volunteers typically assist, walk or play with some of the 950+ dogs and 170+ cats that currently call Soi Dog home.
Reset at a wellness retreat
To reset your equilibrium, why not book a stay at one of Phuket’s many wellness resorts?
For an immersive experience, with activities from sunrise to past sundown, some wellness resorts offer enriching all-inclusive health adventures.
Muay Thai classes with professional Thai boxers, infrared hot yoga classes, daily hikes, cooking demonstrations, nutrition classes, meditation, breathwork, sound healing, sunset SUP boarding and talks on personal development are just some of the other activities offered by wellness resorts.