Phuket cemented itself as a bucket list travel destination the second young Leo appeared on The Beach. While some of us may have already ticked it off back-packer style with a vodka-bucket in hand and fluorescent painted faces, Phuket is also a relaxing tropical Island escape from your 9-5, filled with culture, food and sandy coastlines. Here are the five things you need to do when visiting the tropical Island of Phuket. 

1.       Stay in a fabulous resort

You're on holidays; as Tom Haverford would say, "treat yo self." If you're stuck on places to stay, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach is a good place to start. Nestled on the secluded shores of Nai Yang Beach, Phuket Marriott is an ideal tropical getaway. The resort is located on its own seemingly private beach; there are no other resorts or hotels nearby so it immediately feels like a secret oasis.

5 things you need to do in Phuket

The resort offers luxury villa-style rooms with private gardens and swim-up lagoon pool access. There are four restaurants onsite; buffet breakfast (our two favourite words) is available in the Adaman Kitchen, which also serves authentic Thai cuisine through lunch and dinner (yes that of course includes Pad Thai). The Big Fish Grill and Bar overlook the sandy stretch of beach, and casual dining options are available in The Pool House and the Lobby Lounge. Circling back on Tom Haverford's motto, make a booking at the Marriott's Quan Spa, you will not regret it!

5 things you need to do in Phuket

Perhaps the biggest drawcard; Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach is only a cool 10 minute drive to-and-from the airport. In a location where you want to soak up every second of sun, this could not be more convenient.

2.       Explore Old Town Phuket

If not for the shopping (which of course you will do), take a day or night trip to Old Phuket Town for the beautiful old colonial buildings painted in a myriad of pastel colours; it's an Instagram-story dream. From the Marriott, this will take about a 40 minute drive, but the sights, smells and tastes are worth it. By day the town is a scenic stroll which is transformed into a bustling night market as the sun goes down serving traditional street food and Thai knick-knacks.

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3.       Get a traditional Thai medical massage

Mid-way through your trip you should have already had at least 1-2 massages at Quan Spa, now it's time to take it up a notch, but be warned, traditional Thai massages are not for the faint of heart. About a 30 minute drive from the resort is Nuadthai Tritrueng, a local traditional Thai medical clinic whose business card reads: "Use excessive force. For too long" - gotta love that Google Translate. The therapists have medical backgrounds and use holistic techniques to help relieve pain and illness.  

5 things you need to do in Phuket

4.       Muay Thai: Traditional Thai boxing

Take a beginner class in beginner Muay Thai. It is not only a fun and practical strength and cardio work-out; we came to see it as an extremely effective physical form of anger management.

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5.       Visit Tunk-Ka Café and viewpoint

If you really want to see Phuket, embark on the 40 minute drive the Tunk-Ka café. Perched on a hilltop in the rainforest, the café not only offers authentic Thai cuisine, but amazing sweeping views of Phuket and the ocean. Visiting a country like Thailand, it can be easy to get stuck in a routine of ordering Pad Thai at every other restaurant. Tunk-Ka serves traditional Thai dishes (many of the locals dine here) and the South are known for their hot curries, so change things up and add some spice to your trip by ordering one with a side of their famous iced coffees.  

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach is located at 92, 92/1 Sakoo, Nai Yang Beach, Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand. www.marriott.com.au

Buro 24/7 stayed at Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach as a guest. 

5 things you need to do in Phuket