Running is no longer an exclusive sport for athletes—it’s caught on to many people who enjoy keeping fit. The popularity of this sport can be seen in the number of running events taking place all over the world—from marathons, half and mini marathons to trail running events and fun runs. Many people are discovering the beauty of running outdoors. If you are in Phuket, you should take tie to explore the many beautiful trails and areas where you can run while enjoying magnificent views this island has to offer.
Located in Kathu District, Bangwad Dam is a perfect area for running. It has a six-kilometer smooth track surrounded by shady trees and mountains – ideal for running! Many people come here and enjoy the scenery while practicing for their next marathon. You can expect an enjoyable run in this natural beauty spot, passing small waterfalls along the way.
Suan Luang near Phuket Town is a huge park with an array of local flowers and plants. Typically visited by many locals for walking, jogging or biking either early in the morning or in the evening. The lake adds a tranquil feel to the park, which is ideal for runners. There are various types of exercise equipment along the running path as well. If you’re looking to supplement your cardio with some strengthening exercises before indulging in delicious Thai food, consider paying a visit to this park. You won’t be disappointed
Khao Phra Theaw
If you enjoy running in more peaceful surroundings, go to Khao Phra Theaw. This area is located in the north of Phuket. It offers runners a long and quiet road within peaceful surroundings. Breathe fresh air while running. If you’re looking for more excitement to pep up your run, take the rubber plantation route, which is known for its muddy and gravel paths.
Saphan Hin is a large multi-purpose park in Phuket Town. Runners enjoy the wide roads and have a great time here taking in beautiful views of Saphan Hin coast while they run. Generally, this park is busier in the morning and at night as people take advantage of cooler temperatures. Sapan Hin Sports Centre is also located in the park and has basic exercise equipment and machines as well as a public swimming pool and football field in case you want to work up a real sweat!
Khao To Sae
If you don’t mind running with monkeys, then you will enjoy exploring Khao To Sae! Known as the Monkey Mountain, this area is home to many Macaque monkeys. Marvel at the beauty of Phuket while you stop for mini-breaks. If you still have some energy after reaching the summit, you can use the small public exercise park for strengthening exercises. Trail runners can enjoy the forest routes located to the left side of the main road.
Nai Harn Lake
Beach lovers who enjoy keeping active can head on over to Nai Harn Beach in the south of Phuket. Set a few hundred meters from the beachfront there is a scenic lake surrounded by a walkway. Run around Nai Harn Lake for that much-needed cardio as you take in the beautiful view of the park and still water. The park area also offers public exercise equipment for a full body workout.
We can’t end this guide without mentioning Patong Beach! There is a sidewalk between the road and the beach for those who prefer the firm ground, but if you want a challenge, try running on the soft sand while enjoying the sea breeze. Patong Beach is lined with hotels, resorts and restaurants, so it will be a lively run with plenty of spectators watching you work up a sweat!
Phuket is aiming to be a sports hub for ASEAN so it’s unsurprising to find many interesting running tracks and trails on the island. Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the island, you can be sure of enjoying scenic views while you work that body!
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