For many travellers, the bright lights of Phuket’s infamous nightlife hotspots hold just as much allure as the sun, sea and sand, while others prefer to spend their evenings in more relaxed, tropical surroundings. Whatever your nightlife preferences; the options are diverse and entertaining.
In addition to stunning scenery, a vibrant local culture and a far reaching culinary scene, Phuket is home to an impressive array of exciting options after sunset.
Whether you’re in the mood for a night of partying, a quiet beer near the beach or the thrill of a live cabaret or music show, the island offers it all.
Each part Phuket has its own unique character when it comes to nightlife, so it’s best to do your entertainment homework in advance so you can add a few nights out to your vacation list.
Below are a few ideas to inspire your evening itinerary.
Thailand is a magnet for party lovers, and Phuket is one of the Kingdom’s premier destinations if you’re in the mood to hit the dancefloor. Patong is at the centre of Phuket’s party scene, and from about 9pm every evening the town’s Bangla Road comes to life with the neon blinking lights of countless bars and clubs. Although there's a little too much sleaze for many people's tastes, venues such as then White Room offer more sophisticated party atmosphere and hosts an array of internationally famous DJs. Seduction Nightclub is another popular venue with visitors looking for clean fun night on Bangla Road, its Blow VIP Lounge offers a chic setting to enjoy drinks when you need a break from throwing out moves.
For an entertaining evening full of music, dance and laughter, make sure you set aside time to take in one of Phuket’s legendary cabaret shows. Phuket Simon Cabaret is just one of Thailand’s famous Lady Boy shows and once you have bought your ticket, you can look forward to an eclectic evening of multiple musical genres and dance peformances. The glamorous entertainers either sing or mime timeless pop hits by the likes of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Madonna. If full-on cabaret isn’t your cup of tea, the Phuket Fantasea Show is an entertaining alternative. Performed in an impressive theatre that seats 3000 people, the theatrical extravaganza is an entertaining way to learn more about Thailand’s rich culture and traditions.
For visitors that want to make the best of Phuket's spectacular ocean views, the is home to an number of chic beach clubs that are ideal for those who want to enjoy a drink (or three) without heading into bustling Patong. Bliss Beach Club is located next to Bangtao Beach, and with an impressive cocktail menu and laid back ambience, it's also the perfect place for a romantic date. Xana beach Club is another favourite that also features a large oceanview pool located near the beach in the grounds of the Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort. Then there's international beach club brand Nikki Beach, which hosts extravagant parties and has boasts live DJs spinning dance tunes right by the pool.
For an evening of with a difference, why not seek out some live music? The Route Café & Music Bar is the ideal for a low key evening with some smooth tunes. Located on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Town, the lounge bar offers a quirky feel, and guests can relax to live jazz, rock and blues performances. For a performance that sizzles, the Rockin’ Angels Blues Café, also in Phuket Old Town is the place to go. Every evening, the bar’s owner takes to the stage to entertain the audience – no matter how small – with an stirring set of Blues classics.
When you’re in Phuket, it’s worth looking out for any fun themed parties taking place on the island. You can always ask your villa manager if there are any events coming up. This month, for example, the Hilton Phuket Arcadia will host an Elvis Presley tribute evening, featuring talented impersonators from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil and Canada. Themed music parties are also a regular part of the Phuket nightlife scene, with 70's and 80's parties particularly popular with many of the island's expat residents, as well as international visitors.
If you prefer an evening of sport to an evening of song and dance, you can head down to the Singpatong + Sitnumnoi gym in Patong beach to experience its weekly elite fight series. The venue attracts a host of Thai and international champions, and soaking up an evening of Muay Thai rituals and skills is a great way to immerse yourself in local culture for a while. Be aware, however, that the punches and kicks are real.