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PhuketThailand

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”.

Where to stay in Phuket

Old Phuket Town

Old Phuket Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

Cafes, beaches and historical sites highlight some of the noteworthy features of Old Phuket Town. Make a stop by Phuket Sunday Night Market or Moh Seng Historic House Museum while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Old Phuket Town
Ban Saiyuan, Thailand

Ban Saiyuan

3/5(4 area reviews)

Some popular features of Ban Saiyuan (1) include its seaside views and spas. If you're in the mood to explore farther, Rawai Beach or Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking are worth checking out in the surrounding nearby area.

Ban Saiyuan
Phuket - Phang Nga featuring landscape views, boating and a sandy beach

Talat Yai

4/5Very Good!(37 area reviews)

Unique features of Talat Yai include the historical sites and spas. Make a stop by Phuket Trickeye Museum or Robinson Department Store while you're exploring the area.

Talat Yai
Nanai Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Nanai Road

4/5Very Good!(26 area reviews)

Seaside views and bars are some things travellers note about Nanai Road. Check out Jungceylon Shopping Center or Bangla Road while you're familiarising yourself with the larger area.

Nanai Road
Old Phuket Town

Talat Nuea

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

Unique features of Talat Nuea include the coffee shops and historical sites. Make a stop by Phuket Sunday Night Market or Jui Tui Shrine while you're exploring the area.

Talat Nuea

Top hotels in Phuket

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Nature Phuket
The Nature Phuket
5 out of 5
322 Prabaramee Road, North Patong Beach, Kathu, Patong, Phuket

Nestled on the beach, this Patong hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kalim Beach and Patong Beach. Bangla Road and Jungceylon Shopping Center are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (197 reviews)

"There are three pools, one overlooks the main road into town and the beach, we liked the glass pool wall that overlooked the beach and road. Another pool was great for our daughter with a slide and other water fun. The spa was nice and the hotel is a nice distance from Patong Beach night scene which ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

The Nature Phuket
SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL design hotel @ patong
SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL design hotel @ patong
4 out of 5
187/5 Rat-U-Thit- 200 Pee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
The price is Rs4,712 per night

Located in the heart of Patong, this hotel is steps away from Jungceylon Shopping Center and Bangla Road. Patong Beach and Karon Beach are also within 3 miles ...

4/5Very Good! (1,621 reviews)

"The room was nice and big. Staff were friendly at check in. Breakfast was okay. The television is too small for the room. Also, the fridge does not work. You have to buy ice everyday to cool your butter and drinks down."…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL design hotel @ patong
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
5 out of 5
8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket

This family-friendly Kamala hotel is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Kalim Beach and Yae Beach. Patong Beach and Kamala Beach are also within 3 miles ...

4.4/5Excellent! (959 reviews)

"Despite the Covid 19 challenge the staff and management made every effort to make our stay the best it could be. We thoroughly recommended the pool villas, which are fantastic."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

Popular places to visit in Phuket

Patong Beach
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Patong Beach

4/5(306 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Patong Beach, a popular beach in Patong. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area or visit its lively bars.

Karon Beach
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Karon Beach

4.5/5(235 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Karon Beach, a popular beach in Karon. Amble around this quaint area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4/5(185 reviews)

Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of this family-friendly beach, a relaxed alternative to the party hotspots.

Bang Tao Beach
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Bang Tao Beach

4/5(159 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Bang Tao Beach, a popular beach in Choeng Thale. While in this relaxing area, find time to visit its spas.

Surin Beach
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Surin Beach

4.5/5(83 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Surin Beach, a popular beach in Choeng Thale. While in this relaxing area, find time to visit its spas.

Bangla Road
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Bangla Road

4/5(264 reviews)

Head to this street when the sun goes down to experience the buzzing atmosphere created by busy bars, nightclubs with music pumping and crowds of people looking to party. 

Reviews of Phuket

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 51.16279069767442%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.976744186046512%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

If you want great food, stay in Phuket Old Town.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

Phuket Island and beaches have a lot of tourists, but in the Phuket Old town you can at least get a sense of of local history and culture, which I prefer.

5/5 - Excellent

Cam

28 Nov 2019

Lots of small shops and great eats. Very unique architecture

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

Nice place for family traveling

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Nov 2019

Phuket town is ok for a day trip or 1 night

4/5 - Good

Molly

19 Aug 2019

If you want to book a tour to phi phi island or see the show. Check the price. As the phi phi tour I booked costs 2300 baht per person. It costs between 1000-3500 baht per person depends on who & where you booked! Taxi in Phuket is VERY expensive.

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