Best Viewpoints in Phuket

12 Best Viewpoints in Phuket [From Someone Who Lived There]

Stop me if you’ve already read these in a list of best viewpoints in Phuket: Black Rock, Karon, Big Buddha, Monkey Hill.

Stop me if you’ve heard these: Manik mining trail, Kalim, The Hill Bar, and Samet Nangshe. I bet most (if not all) of those are new names to you. And that’s what living in Phuket gets you.

Layan Trail Loop in Phuket, Thailand

Have I mentioned that Phuket is full of trails? Yes? A couple of times? Well, great. Because I’m back with another trail to get you out, and away from the tourist centers, and into the true beauty of the island. This time, it’s the Layan Trail.

So, this week, I’m bringing you another route that will help you see a different side of the island. This time, we’re heading into the Layan area, which is close to Laguna right near Bang Tao beach/Layan beach.

Manik Mining Trail: A Great Hiking Trail in Phuket

Phuket is full of things to do. There are world-class beaches, islands straight out of your favorite Youtube influencer’s videos, a vibrant Phuket Town, and countless markets filled with all types of food—even if some of it doesn’t look like it’d be food. However, the opportunities to experience the outdoors are easily overlooked. Enter the Manik Mining Trail.

5 Amazing Places to Visit in Phuket

Mention Phuket to people, and you’ll get two types of reactions. The seasoned traveler will roll their eyes while muttering, “Ugh, Phuket. It’s so touristy.”

Or, ask the standard tourist. Their face will light up as the stunning white-sand beaches, and azure waters fill up their mind. “Ugh, Phuket,” they say, “It is so dreamy. I want to visit.”

Yet, Phuket is much more than both of those things.