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Phuket
Travel Guide

Phuket - Phang Nga

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort
4 out of 5
94 Thaveewong Rd, Patong, Phuket
The price is Rs2,487 per night from 7 May to 7 May
Located in Patong, this beachfront resort is connected to a shopping centre and within a 10-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Banzaan Fresh Market ...
4.1/5Very Good! (981 reviews)
I don't recommend during the epidemic season
"I couldn't order food room-service after 8pm. Although I ordered via a delivery app from outer restaurant and had it conveyed, the Manager lookalike person in the reception was saying they don't serve pick-up at the lobby and convey to my room(more than 30m away from the reception to lobby and my ..."

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort
Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
18/110 Ruamjai Road, Patong, Phuket
The price is Rs1,674 per night from 7 May to 7 May
Situated by the sea, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center and Kalim Beach are also within 2 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (988 reviews)
"Great staff and a short walk to the beach. Many fun things to do in the area!!"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020

Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
Palmyra Patong Resort
Palmyra Patong Resort
4 out of 5
91/3 Rat-U-Thit Rd., Patong, Phuket
The price is Rs1,277 per night from 8 May to 8 May
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Paradise Night Market, Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping ...
4.1/5Very Good! (996 reviews)
"Within walking distance to the Patong beach. Breakfast was good and dinner was quite affordable with the restaurant coupon they provided upon check-in."

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2020

Palmyra Patong Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Saeng Suree Villas
Saeng Suree Villas
57/9 Moo.4, T. Koh Yao Yai, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
Situated in Ko Yao, this villa is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Koh Kwang Beach and 9.5 mi (15.3 km) from Fasai Beach.
Saeng Suree Villas
Braya Villa
Braya Villa
57/77 M.4t. Koh Yao Yai, Ko Yao, Phuket
Situated in Ko Yao, this villa is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Koh Kwang Beach and 9.4 mi (15.1 km) from Fasai Beach.
Braya Villa
Pimann Buri Pool Villas Ao Nang Krabi
Pimann Buri Pool Villas Ao Nang Krabi
4 out of 5
618 Moo 2, Ao Nang Sub-District, Krabi, Krabi
The price is Rs7,671 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated near the beach, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ao Nam Mao, Ao Nang Beach and Ao Phai Plong Beach. Khao Ao Nam Mao and Pai Plong Bay are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)
"Beautiful villa and very relaxing, accomodating staff. In room dining useful as not much else in environs, good choice from menu. Complimentary snacks and soft drinks much appreciated"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Pimann Buri Pool Villas Ao Nang Krabi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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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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