Embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth with the “Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to Phuket.” Discover the vibrant food scene and affordable transportation options the island has to offer, as you embrace your independence and create unforgettable memories. Phuket is your playground and with this guide, you’ll be equipped to make the most of your solo adventure. Get ready to be inspired and empowered as a female traveler.
In this guide specifically tailored for female travelers, we’ll take you through the must-visit sights and experiences the island has to offer. From discovering the charming streets of Phuket Old Town to marveling at the Big Buddha statue and taking in breathtaking views, you’ll have a jam-packed itinerary. We’ll also guide you through the most convenient and cost-effective modes of transportation, including tuk-tuks, scooters, and buses. And of course, we’ll show you where to find the tastiest local Thai dishes and international cuisine that Phuket has to offer. Let us help you make the most of your solo travels in Phuket as a confident and adventurous female traveler.
Make your way to Phuket Old Town to get a feel for the city’s history and to grab some well-needed lunch. Phuket Old Town was built on riches reaped from Phuket’s tin boom of last century, when the metal was an extremely valuable commodity. Find Thalang Road to experience the “real” Phuket. Lots of history, old shops and family businesses on this stretch, and plenty of pride shown by the local mix of people, culture and religion.
There are many viewpoints around Phuket but Karon and the Windmill are not to be missed. Karon Viewpoint (also known as Kata) is about 8 km from the Big Buddha, so just take an easy ride out towards the south. The viewpoint offers spectacular views across Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches. Have your camera ready: the view to the north is one of the most photographed images of Phuket. Between nearby Ya Nui and Nai Harn beaches is Windmill Viewpoint, so called because of the slim, white windmills overlooking the ocean. Cameras out again for some magnificent views of Ya Nui Beach to the south, Phromthep further south, Nai Harn Beach to the north and the Koh Man island almost opposite.
Next, make your way to Phromthep Cape, one of the island’s most photographed lookouts and especially popular for its spectacular sunset views. Krating Cape in the southwest of Phuket demands a difficult hike up steep slopes, ideal for the solo traveler in search of solace. Be prepared though – those who have done this one recommend wearing shoes and long pants, carrying lots of water. Take a short break in your exploration day to get a glimpse of what Phuket Town looks like from the top of Khao Rang Hill. All year round, people climb up there to admire bird views of the southern part of the island: Chalong, Panwa and even the Big Buddha sitting on top of its hill.
Visit Wat Chalong Temple for its Poh Jao Wat, which houses the Grand Pagoda. The pagoda is beautifully decorated with Buddha images and pictures that depict his life story and is said to contain a small splinter from the bone of Lord Buddha. One of the most famous attractions in Phuket is the 45-meter-tall marble Big Buddha statue, larger than life and awe inspiring. The statue is perched on the top of Nakkerd Hill, from where you and your camera can take in sweeping views of the city. To reach the statute, you will have to follow a 6-kilometers trail, so take water along.
If you want to venture out onto the water, there are several boat trip options for single travelers to Phuket. The ferry trip to Phi Phi is about 90 minutes, by speedboat iabout 45. There is a cluster of six iconic islands to visit. For a day out to Racha Noi and/or Racha Yai you will be transferred from your hotel and enjoy breakfast on board. The sheltered areas around Racha is perfect for the inexperience snorkeler. You are also given the option to snorkel independently if you are experienced. Also consider a speedboat trip to Banana Beach. If weather permits, a BBQ is provided on the beach.
If you’re a lone traveler or just need some time on your own, a day on the beach is always a good option. Besides working on your tan in the tropical sun while reading a book, you can also enjoy other activities at many of its fun venues including parasailing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, cable skiing and yoga. If snorkeling is your thing (and you’re not planning to venture out to the islands), don’t miss out on the top snorkeling beaches such as Ao Sane, Ya Nui and Laem Ka.
Considering riding an elephant? Don’t! Visit the Phuket Elephant Sanctuaries instead and you’ll learn why you should never ride an elephant. You’ll meet the elephants, learn all about them and support ethical elephant tourism. Phuket Nature Elephant Reserve, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary near Phuket Town, the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary at Naithon Beach, and the Elephant Retirement Park at Bangtao all offer unforgettable and educational close-up experiences with these gentle giants.
For any solo traveler to Phuket it is certainly worthwhile to visit Phi Phi Island for a couple of days. It takes 90 minutes by ferry and 45 minutes by speedboat to get there. The Phi Phi coral reefs are one of the world’s best-known snorkeling and diving spots. Consider the Bamboo or Mosquito islands for snorkeling, and Pileh Bay for swimming in the lagoon amongst towering limestone cliffs. At night head to the party spots at Slinky Bay, Apache Beach Bar or Stockholm Syndrome, or Ibiza Pool Party over weekends.
Bangla is party central all year round so this famous street will be crowded. Every bar is packed and the atmosphere is bound to sweep you along. Walk up and down until you spot a bar or a club that appeals to you. It’s not sophisticated or romantic. It’s one big party – loud, flashy and fun. If you like wild and outdoors, this is it!
Heading to Phuket and wondering how to get around without breaking the bank on taxis? Don’t worry, there are plenty of affordable and safe options to travel around Phuket. From renting a scooter to taking a tuk-tuk or bus, you’ll find a way to explore the island that fits your budget and style.
As a solo female traveler in Phuket, getting around can be a challenge. While renting a scooter may be an affordable and convenient option, the heavy and fast-moving traffic in Phuket can be dangerous. If you prefer a safer option, consider taking the Phuket Smart Bus, which will take you from the airport to various beaches and must-see attractions, stopping at 12 different stations along the way.
Another option for solo female travelers in Phuket is to take advantage of the taxi services that offer female drivers. This option may be more expensive compared to other modes of transportation, but it provides an added level of comfort and security for female travelers who may feel more at ease with a female driver. With a little bit of extra cost, you can have peace of mind while getting around the island.
Come nighttime, a whole new side of Phuket awakens, luring you into a magical world of food, light, sound and bustling crowds. You might want to skip a formal restaurant experience for now and grab some food on the run at a Night Market. Street food at the markets is affordable, varied and delicious. But don’t miss out on a Phuket beach club experience, where single travelers and sussed crowds hang out and indulge in sun, music, fancy drinks and very good food. Make a note of the popular beach cluCafé Del Mar in Kamalabs: Catch Beach Club in Bangtao, Café Del Mar in Kamala and Dream Beach Club at Layan Beach.
We hope that this guide has helped you plan your solo trip to Phuket and that you have a wonderful time exploring the island. With so many things to see and do, from visiting historic sites and taking in stunning views, to trying delicious local Thai food and taking day trips by boat, Phuket truly offers a world of adventure for single travelers. Remember to be safe, plan ahead and make the most of your solo journey. Don’t forget to take lots of photos and share your experiences with us. If you need any help, guidance, or have any questions, please do get in touch with us at Discovering Phuket. One of us girls, Claudia, Susan, or Som, will get back in touch with you. Happy travels! Below is how you can reach out to us: