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Phuket Travel Guide

Stunning landscapes, warm seas and wonderful hospitality combine to make Thailand’s largest island one of the top holiday destinations in the world.

Phuket is a contrast of all-night parties and natural wonders, bustling with activity and steeped in serene spirituality. It is not for nothing that this island is considered as Asia’s most popular beach destination. The accommodation and facilities cater for all tastes and budgets, from rustic low-cost huts to high-end luxury resorts, so you can be sure to find the perfect way to spend your trip.

This island province is nearly 50 kilometres long and just over 20 kilometres wide. Located in the Andaman Sea off the west coast of Thailand, it is connected to the mainland by two bridges, as well as a regular ferry service. Thanks to its position on the trade route between India and China, it has a rich history with many cultural influences.

Phuket is famed for its natural beauty. You will be treated to pristine white sand beaches, warm, clear seas and untouched forests, all home to an abundance of native wildlife. Discover stunning views of from the headlands as you hike along the coast. This is the perfect way to discover some of the more idyllic, deserted beaches.

Many visitors chose this destination for the excellent snorkelling and diving conditions, with year-round warm clear waters teeming with colourful tropical fish. Surfing, jet skiing and parasailing are on offer for more adventurous visitors.

Make sure you include a visit to the many nearby islands. You can hire a boat, or join one of the many cruises. The spectacular scenery has even featured in films such as the The Man with the Golden Gun, and the Phi Phi Islands were the backdrop for The Beach released in 2000. The stunning sunset at Promthep Cape is the perfect backdrop to a relaxing evening.

Discover Thai culture and spirituality when you visit the impressive Big Buddha statue in the Nakkerd Hills, or the Samnak Song Buddhist monastery on Nai Harn Beach. You must remember to dress conservatively in religious sites.

The west coast is where you’ll find most of the tourist activities. Patong Beach is the party capital, with bars and nightclubs along the length of the main street Soi Bangla. Be prepared for dazzling neon lights, pounding music and exotic entertainment. Kamala Beach is perfect for families, while Kata Noi and Laem Singh are quieter hidden bays.

Tuk-tuks are the easiest way to get around the island. The lack of parking and somewhat erratic local driving style mean that hiring a may be a less attractive option. Whatever you do, enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Phuket, summed up by the local saying “mai pen rai” which means “no worries”.

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Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach Rs7,716
Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach

Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach

14/2 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon
    of 5, from 1,182 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Situated near the beach in Karon, this luxury hotel is close to Karon Market, Karon Temple and Karon Beach. Local attractions also include Patong Beach and Big Buddha.

    Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay Rs5,695
    Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

    Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

    8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala
      of 5, from 489 reviews
      5.0 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly hotel is located by the sea, close to Tsunami Memorial, Phuket Fantasea and Hua Beach. Local attractions also include Kamala Beach and Kalim Beach.

      Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Rs7,364
      Grand Mercure Phuket Patong

      Grand Mercure Phuket Patong

      1 Soi Ratuthit 200 Pi 2 Road, Patong
        of 5, from 1,343 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Situated by the sea, this luxury resort is close to Jungceylon Shopping Center, Bangla Road and Patong Beach. Area attractions also include Karon Beach and Chalong Temple.

        The Kee Resort & Spa Rs5,288
        The Kee Resort & Spa

        The Kee Resort & Spa

        152/1 Taweewong Road, Patong
          of 5, from 1,359 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Patong resort is located by the sea, just steps away from Bangla Road and Royal Paradise Night Market.