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Written by Shannon Osztonits
Co-written by Dawn Pillay

Phuket will always have a special place in my heart since this is where I had my first independent holiday with friends years ago.

We had so much fun renting motorbikes, riding around and exploring Phuket freely, checking out places like Big Buddha, various beaches, firing ranges and more.

Also, Phuket is a great alternative to Bali if you’re looking for a quick and easy friends trip, that’s more affordable! It can be just as beautiful as Bali (arguably) and an easy place to have fun with friends.

Wondering how affordable a 4D3N friends vacation here is, and just what you can do? Here’s a great friends-in-Phuket itinerary you’ll enjoy!

PS: Make travel easy and convenient with Klook services like airport transfers, private car charter, city-to-city transfers – or even enjoy a custom Phuket tour

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Planning an itinerary from scratch, and researching travel options can be tedious and time-consuming. And if you’ve never been to Phuket, the island is pretty big, so you’ll need to account for travel time.

Thankfully, Klook’s customisable itineraries complete with a private chartered car and driver makes travelling simple – and they’re available for your fun friends trip to Phuket!!

If you’re looking to adventure your way through Phuket, Klook-ing your way there would make your holiday more convenient and even sweeter.

With a car and driver picking us up at the hotel, bringing us from place to place, and finally dropping us off at the hotel at the end of the day – it’s a fun and truly fuss-free way to explore destinations.

(Taxis can be very expensive, charging up to 500 Baht per one-way trip or more, and travellers might encounter dishonest taxi drivers. With Klook’s custom itineraries, you can avoid going to all that trouble!)

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How to get to Phuket?

  • From Singapore, Scoot Tiger Air, AirAsia and SilkAir offers direct flights to Phuket from SGD $56.69 (round-trip). Earliest flight is 7.50am on Scoot Tiger Air, and 9.50am on Air Asia.

  • From Malaysia, AirAsia offers direct flights from MYR 183 (round-trip).

How to get around Phuket?

To fully enjoy Phuket, you should definitely look into hiring a car to get around. Whether you would rather have a private chartered car or prefer driving around yourself (only if you’re confident on foreign and mountainous roads) – getting around can be simple!

a. Klook’s custom itinerary with private car with driver (From SGD $71 / approx. 1750 Baht per day)
Klook makes it simple with this competitive service that not only includes a private chartered car service that’s affordable, it also comes with a local driver that’ll help with your itinerary while making getting around extremely convenient and comfortable.

b. Car rental without driver (From SGD $55 / approx. 1360 Baht per day)
If you enjoy driving around personally and are confident on unfamiliar roads, you might want to consider renting a car from Thai Rent A Car or Avis. It’s tried and tested! (Prices vary depending on the car model chosen.)

c. Airport and City Transfers (From SGD $14 / approx. 344 Baht)
If you’re not keen on hiring a car to get around and only require an airport transfer, or city transfer, the simplest way to do it would be via Klook.

d. Motorbike Rental (From SGD $11 / approx 250 Baht)
You’ll be able to find motorbike rentals all around Phuket, just make sure you are licensed to ride and be extremely careful when riding around. We almost got into an accident thanks to a careless tuk-tuk driver, and you’d want to avoid such a thing. Some motorbike rentals will ask for a deposit of 2000-4000 Baht (or your passport) to be refunded/returned when the bike is returned to them.

Recommended Stays

Note: Depending on which location you’d prefer to be based at, feel free to choose from these options!

1. Forget about Netflix, here we Hammock and Chill – At Zea Hotel

With its white reclaimed wood touches and hues of blue, your group of friends could almost imagine you were in Greece’s Santorini – in Phuket.

At Zea Hotel’s rooms open up to great ocean views, and everything comes together nicely for an instagrammable and relaxing beach vacation. It’s also a 9-min walk to Tritrang Beach!

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At Zea Hotel 

Rate: From USD $35 / approx. 1161 Baht (for Ocean Breeze Room)
Address: Muen-Ngern Rd, Tambon Patong, หาดป่าตอง Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 76 338 729

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2. Enjoy oceanfront views from your room and the infinity pool – Secret Cliff Villa

White sand beaches, turquoise ocean, sunsets and more, this gorgeous accommodation provides views for days. It’s located between Patong and Karon, so it’s a pretty excellent location to be based at for a few days in Phuket too.

From rooms with spacious balconies providing spectacular views looking out over the Andaman Sea, and an infinity oceanfront pool… Secret Cliff Villa also provides free transport twice a day to both Karon and Patong Beach so guests are able to get their fill of the beach!

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Secret Cliff Villa

Rate: From 1077 Baht  / approx. USD $37 (Superior Double or Twin Room with Garden View)
Address: 707 Patak Rd., Karon Cliff, Phuket, 83100 Karon Beach, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 597 3917

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Day 1

Just relax, explore Old Town Phuket and shop at Phuket Walking Street!

Note: The earliest flight to Phuket from Singapore/Malaysia is at 10am. The itinerary will begin with lunch. We will also be using At Zea Hotel as the default stay chosen for this itinerary. 🙂 

Time for a hearty lunch! – Eleven Two & Co (1 hour)

Charming and with a wide range of tasty options from Thai favourites to Western dishes, this is a great option for your first meal in Phuket! There’s also a quirky gift shop in the front of the café, that’s perfect for picking up cute things like postcards, soaps, purses, and other knick-knacks.

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Eleven Two & Co

Price: From 90 Baht / approx. USD $2.89
Address: 112-114 Thalang Rd, ตำบล ตลาดใหญ่ อำเภอ เมืองภูเก็ต Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 62 519 2956
Opening hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat from 10am to 9pm; Sundays from 11am to 10am (Closed Wednesdays)


Explore the quirky part of Phuket – Old Town Phuket

With so many hole-in-the-wall type places here, have a relaxing jaunt through this quirky part of Phuket. Instagrammable street art, interesting cafes, and small boutique shops will provide you and your friends with some fun places to check out and take photos at!

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Old Town Phuket

Address: Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand (Coordinates here)

Have a break and take some cute photos – The Tent

You guys will be delighted with the creative Native-American inspired theme here. Perfect for taking a cute break, take a seat at one of the low tables inside turquoise and white teepee tents.

Order up some designer drinks, smoothies, and coffees or dessert – try Salty Caramel Marshmallow Colombian Coffee or Banoffee Drink (blended banana, Oreo, milk, vanilla, um, YUMMM) – and chit-chat before heading to the next spot!

Photo Via Karenokajima0318, Beamsjourney

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The Tent 

Price: From 60 Baht / approx. USD $1.92
Address: Thanon Thepkasattri, Mueang, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 63 669 9364
Opening hours: Thu-Tue from 7am to 6pm (Closed Wednesdays)


Do something different and check out the local art! – Wua Art Gallery

Wua Art Gallery is a super cute place to step into. Since day 1 is all about taking it slow and easy, enjoy the art and take some photos here!

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Wua Art Gallery

Price: Free entry!
Address: 50 Phangnga Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 96 635 5984
Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 8.30am to 8.30pm; Sat from 9.30am to 8.30pm; Sun from 12.30pm to 9.30pm


Enjoy dinner in a gorgeous garden glasshouse – Glasshouse @ Sino

Bring your friends to dinner at a beautiful garden greenhouse. Dig into the fragrant Thai cuisine with aromatic Thai curries, salads, rice with fried eggs and sides, fresh spring rolls, and more!

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Glasshouse @ Sino

Price: From 80 Baht / approx. USD $2.56
Address: 1 Montri Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 76 232 429
Opening hours: Daily from 6.30am to 9pm


Take a stroll and shop around before ending your day! – Phuket Walking Street

Welcome to Phuket Walking Street, it reminds us of Melaka’s famous Jonker Street. There’s much to buy and eat at this night market!

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Phuket Walking Street 

Price: From USD $2.90 / approx 100 Baht
Address: Thanon Chao Fa, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Sundays only, 4pm to 9pm

Once you’re done with the day, check into your hotel!

Day 1 Route

Day 2

Let the fun begin at the beach, catch some stunning views and watch a cabaret!

Note: Today is when adventure kicks up and your group explores more of Phuket! You’ll be spending time at the beach so remember your sunblock and swimwear!

First stop, it’s time for breakfast! – Wilsons Cafe (Rawai)

If you enjoy smoothie bowls and a good breakfast, you’ll love this place. Dig into delicious smoothies bowls and chill out to the lovely laid back beach vibes. There’s also a huuge mural for the perfect photo opportunity with your friends!

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Wilsons Cafe 

Price: From 100 Baht / approx. USD $3.21
Address: 31/44 Soi Saiyuan Moo 1, Rawai, Amphoe Mueang, Phuket 83100, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 95 020 7562
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 7.30am to 5pm, Sunday from 8am to 4pm


Have some fun in the sun – Ao Sane Beach

You’re in Phuket, so you’ll obviously want some time at the beach!  Featuring nice clear waters and a clean beachfront, Ao Sane Beach will make a great choice for those who’d like something a little secluded.

There’s also a restaurant here, so once you’re done with your swimming/snorkelling, head over to the beachfront restaurant!

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Ao Sane Beach 

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If you’re a group of friends who enjoy a good drink together… – Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

Check out this rum distillery and enjoy a couple of cocktails! There’s even a cocktail class if you’d like to get a little more hands-on and learn a new skill for future friends’ gatherings back home.

PS: You can even find cocktail recipes on their website!

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Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

Price: USD $9.09 / approx. 281 Baht (Klook price for 30min guided tour with a tasting session and Chalong Bay Mojito); 1700 Baht (for 2-hour cocktail workshop incl. 3 cocktail-making, tapas and guided tour)
Address: 14/2 Moo 2, Palai soi 2, Tambon Chalong,, Amphur Muang Phuket, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 93 575 1119
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm; Guided tours every hour from 2pm to 6pm; Cocktail workshops every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 4pm

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Catch some stunning views at the famous – Big Buddha Phuket

This is one of the must-see sights in Phuket where you and your friends will enjoy the amazing panoramic views from the top of Nakkerd Hill upon which the Big Buddha sits. If you go in the late afternoon, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the sunset over Phuket Town and Chalong Bay!

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Big Buddha Phuket 

Prices: FREE! Donations welcome.
Address: Soi Yot Sane 1, Chaofa West Rd, Chalong, Phuket Town, 83100 (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 83 556 2242
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 6am to 7pm


Feast on a sunset dinner with the amazing views! – Mountain Breeze Bar & Restaurant

Order up a storm with some delicious Thai and Western dishes on the menu. Beautifully presented to accompany the views before you, enjoy your dinner together!

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Mountain Breeze Bar & Restaurant

Prices: From USD $3.72 / approx. 115 Baht
Address: Chalong, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 970 1148
Opening hours: Daily from 9.30am to 9pm


End your night with a stunning and hilarious cabaret show – Phuket Simon Cabaret

It’s flashy, it’s colourful, it’s extravagant, and it’s downright entertaining. You and your friends will enjoy a night of fun as you watch this amazing troupe of performers dazzle you with their beauty, talent and comic antics!

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Phuket Simon Cabaret

Entrance fee/Price: USD $15.25
Address: 8 Sirirat Rd, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand
Contact: +66 76 342 011
Opening hours: Daily from 6pm to 10.30pm

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Optional: If you’re up for it, go shopping and have supper at – Chillva Market

If you’re not too tired and it’s still a little too early to head back, feel free to head to Chillva Market! From clothes to footwear (fur slides are sold here too!), pet clothes, collars and more. it’s very casual and laidback here.

When you’re tired of walking around, feel free to sit down at the mini amphitheatre where a live band will serenade you as you rest.

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Finally, head back to your hotel!

Day 2 Route

Day 3

Chase waterfalls, explore an upside down house or visit the gibbons and more!

Note: We’ve provided 2 options for your after breakfast activity, depending on your preference, choose one! Also, do remember to bring along insect repellent for when you visit Ton Sai Waterfall.

Enjoy amazing food in this trendy space – Hern Coffee & Bistro

This is a cute bistro that oozes some Cuban/Mexican vibes (at least to us). Have breakfast here and begin your day!

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Hern Coffee & Bistro

Price: From 220 Baht / approx. USD $7.06
Address: 66 Thawewong Rd, Tambon Patong, Kathu District, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 76 344 135
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 10pm


Have a quirky photo-taking moment together! – Baan Teelanka

If your group is the kind that enjoys a cute picture-worthy kind of experience, then you’ll definitely enjoy Baan Teelanka (Upside Down House)!

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Baan Teelanka 

Entrance fee/Price: Tickets from USD $5 
Address: หมู่ที่ 5 51/11 Chalermprakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Road, Ratsada, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 84 456 5279
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm

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Optional: Take a trip to the jungle and visit the gibbons – Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre

If you guys would prefer something with a little more heart, consider travelling to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre!

PS: Personally, we highly recommend a visit to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project while you’re here. It’s a fantastic way to learn more about responsible tourism, and how the gibbons are being protected. Ways to contribute include donations, volunteer work, or you could even adopt a gibbon! (We adopted 2 and that totally made our day!)

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Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre (Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary)

Entrance fee/Price: Free entry! (However, you will have to pay an entrance fee to the National Park Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department. Once inside the park, parking is provided and you can walk from here to our center.)
Address: 104/3 Moo 3, Paklock, Talang, Phuket 83100, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 7631 1998
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 4.30pm


Have an artistic-ish lunch (Poke bowls available!) – Project Artisan

Creative, colourful, and a bit out there, this is exacttly what you’re going to find here. The interiors are an eclectic mix of furnishings – bookshelves, mismatched tablecloths, prints, random succulents at different tables, and vintage things here and there too.

Vegan, Poke or Super Smoothie bowls are available alongside their delicious brunch menu!

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Project Artisan 

Price: From 30 Baht / approx. USD $0.96 
Address: 53/17 Moo.6, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 93 790 9911
Opening hours: Daily from 8.30am to 10pm


Let’s go chasing waterfalls – Ton Sai Waterfall

Walk off your lunch with a group activity, and visit the pretty Ton Sai Waterfall. Ton Sai Waterfalls has great natural cascade, and the experience of chasing it down is quite spectacular too!

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Ton Sai Waterfall 

Address: Tonsai Waterfalls- Thep Kasattri, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand. (Coordinates here)

Watch one of Nature’s best-selling movies on stilts: the sunset – Baan Chom View

Hungry after chasing that waterfall? Built on stilts and high above the beach of Kata Noi, enjoy dinner at Baan Chom View with the picturesque sights of the beach below and the company of your friends!

Perfect for lovers of Thai food, their menu serves traditional Thai dishes cooked to tasty levels of deliciousness. Throw in a Thai beer like a Leo, Singha or Chang, and you’ve got yourself a feast whilst you sit back and wave goodbye to the sun for your last night in Phuket!

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Baan Chom View 

Price: From USD $5.50 / approx. 180 Baht for a main
Address: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 95 352 5836
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 11pm


Last round of shopping + chill at a night market – Phuket Indy Night Market

Visit your last Phuket night market of the trip! It’s a slightly smaller market, Phuket Indy Night Market is where you’ll find local art and custom souvenirs apart from the usual food/shopping combo. It’s quite local and hidden, and there are local performances here too!

Relax your night away, before leaving tomorrow.

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Phuket Indy Night Market

Prices: Cheap! Food from USD $2 / approx. 50 Baht, souvenirs and caricature drawing from USD $3 / approx. 100 Baht
Address: Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 89 474 5253
Opening hours: Wed-Fri from 4pm to 10.30pm


Day 3 Route

Day 4

Slip into a Mediterranean Beach and visit the Art Village before you go!

Note: Before you fly back home from Phuket, enjoy breakfast and a unique visit to the art village!

A really Mediterranean/European Beach kind of feeling – Coast Beach Club & Bistro (Karon)

With beautiful beach cabanas, loungers and beanbags, Coast Beach Club has got that exact Mediterranean vibes going on.

How’s this for your last Phuket breakfast together?!

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Coast Beach Club & Bistro, Karon 

Price: From 290 Baht / approx. USD $9.24
Address: ถนน ปฏัก – ซอย กะรน 2 Karon Beach, Karon, Chang Wat Phuket 83100, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 76 201 234
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm


Eclectic place you’ll enjoy even if you’re not art lovers! – Phuket Art Village

Created by an ever-growing community of artists as an outlet for their creativity. It has given way to home-like galleries, self-made studios and even has a shadow puppet theatre.

A breath of fresh air and a glimpse into an alternative lifestyle where you can learn more about their crafts. Even if you aren’t particularly talented or creatively inclined, you can pick up custom-made dream catchers for 200 Baht!

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Phuket Art Village 

Price: Free!
Address: 2 Soi Naya, Tambon Rawai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 89 471 5653
Opening Hours: 24/7


Day 4 Route

Total Cost Breakdown

For 4 friends

Accommodation (assuming 2 friends share 1 room)
Day 1 to 4 = (USD $35 x 3 nights) x 2
Total = USD $210 ~ USD $52.50 per person

Day 1 to 4 = From USD $38.44 per day (for rental car); From USD $43.69 per day (for Klook’s private chartered car with driver)
Total = USD $38.44 x 4 days = USD $153.76 (for rental car) ~ USD $38.44 per person

Hotel, Dining & Activities for 4 people:
(Flights, shopping and personal expenses not included!)
Day 1 = USD $52
Day 2 = USD $137.36
Day 3 = USD $100
Day 4 = USD $40
Total = USD $329.36 ~ USD $82.34 per person

TOTAL = USD $173.28 per person ~ SGD $236.33 per person ~ RM713.06 per person

Now that you have a fully prepared itinerary, share this with your friends and start booking your trip!

Get ready for a super chill, and super fun time – you guys deserve it!

Let us know what’s your favourite thing to do when travelling with your friends in the comments below too – we really want to hear from you!

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