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Phuket's Best Outdoor Activities

Thinking about taking a trip to Phuket? Not sure what to do on the island? Wondering what fun and adventurous outdoor activities there are to be had? Well, we are here to save the day and tell you exactly where to go and what to do in Phuket. We’ve scoured the island from north to south and coast-to-coast to discover some of the best activities on offer in Phuket. These have all been tourist-approved, so we’re sure you’re going to love them too. So, without further ado, here are our top five picks:

1. ATV TOURING

Picture this: driving through the forest navigating hills and rivers on four solid wheels with the wind whipping through your hair and a broad smile on your face. Hopping aboard a self-drive All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or Quad Bike is perhaps one of the most exhilarating and unique ways to explore the natural splendour of Phuket. Enjoy a fun day out riding off the beaten track and discovering a largely unseen side of the island, everything from untamed rainforests, local villages, farms and plantations to hidden waterfalls and secluded beaches. If you have never ridden such a bike before, don’t let that put you off, the tour is open to beginners. The ATV Touring team will give you a crash course before heading off. And as all the bikes are fully automatic, you will find them fairly easy, and safe, to drive anyway. You’re not heading off on your own either; a fully trained local guide will supervise your tour. You can choose from 1, 2 or 3 hours of ATV riding. A basic one-hour tour starts at THB 1,900.

2. BUNGY JUMPING

More or less in the middle of the island down south (20mins from Patong) you’ll find an area called Kathu, and herein you’ll find one of the island’s most adrenalin-pumping activities: bungee jumping! Those brave enough to make the leap will be rewarded with a great view of nearby lakes, golf courses and, of course, forest. This place can certainly be trusted from a safety standpoint, as they’ve had thousands of visitors to their internationally accredited facility and never one accident during the past 20 years (knock on wood). If you’re a little afraid to go it alone, no worries, you can do it in tandem with your buddy or an instructor. And if the thought of jumping off the platform is too much for you, again, no problem, you can be catapulted (aka start on the ground) instead. You can even choose whether or not to dip your head in the water at the bottom. A standard jump and certificate will cost you THB 2,200.

3. ZIPLINING

If you thought all the fun in Phuket was reserved for the beaches and bars, you were wrong; the real fun is happening overhead, in the treetops! Over in Kathu again is Flying Hanuman, an awesome ziplining course that’s one of the most unique and thrilling attractions on the island. As the island’s interior is covered in swathes of thick forest, this is the ideal place to take to the skies and explore the scenery from a bird’s eye view. If the thought of flying 40 metres above the ground from tree to tree like Tarzan (and Jane!) is your idea of a good time, then this is definitely the place for you. Even if you visit many times you will never see the same scene as the forest is always changing with the seasons and the natural flora and fauna adapt daily. A basic ‘journey’ will give you 8 Ziplines, 1 Sky Bridge, 1 Abseil point, 2 Spiral Stairways and a 20 Minute Wilderness Walk for THB 2,300.

4. WHITE WATER RAFTING

White water rafting is offered on Phang Nga River, 80km from Phuket. This stunning location with verdant jungle forest provides for a thrilling and fun experience, both for the first-timer and experienced rafter. If this is your first time boarding a dingy, you’ll start your day with an in-depth briefing, to make sure you are fully aware of all the safety and working rules for manning the craft. Phuket White Water Rafting offers visitors (max 6 people) the choice of a 5 km, 7km or 9km level II-III ride. Although rafting is available year-round, it’s especially good between June and November because of higher rainfall; so this is the ideal time to go. A half-day rafting outing starts at THB 1,000; it can be combined with other activities (e.g., quad biking, elephant trekking).

4. SHOOTING

Last but not least, what about some sport shooting? For aficionados of the sport, there is a place on the island worth visiting, the Phuket Shooting Range; the island’s first and premier shooting range. This place offers private demonstration rooms for the novice; public shooting galleries for the experienced; and outdoor ranges, with special combat scenario courses, for the truly gung-ho gun lover. Enthusiasts get a good choice of handguns, shotguns and rifles of different calibres: .22, .38, .45, 9mm. Here highly trained professionals staff the range and they follow a strict safety mantra. In terms of options, the menu offers different types of packages, which include your gun, bullets, targets, an instructor (if required) and, of course, insurance. According to the calibre of the bullet, expect to pay between THB 890 and 1,190 for 10.

If Phuket is now high up on your To Do List, let us help you find the last piece of the puzzle – affordable, value-for-money accommodation. MANATHAI has two great deals waiting for you. With the Thainess Packages, simply stay at least 2 nights and get up to 20% off your Food & Beverages, 45 mins Thai massage and receive Thai garland ritual on arrival Thai Thai Cooking Class to learn Signature Pad Thai Goong. Conversely, with the Hot Deal with Breakfast offer, you’ll instantly save up to 25% off your room rate when you book direct and get daily breakfast, Wi-Fi internet access, tea and coffee and welcome drink upon arrival.