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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!(25 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 Talad Yai Market while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Old Phuket Town
Ban Saiyuan, Rawai, Thailand
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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!(36 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, Thailand
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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
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
5 out of 5
8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket
Rs5,738
per night
Mar 7 - Mar 8

This family-friendly Kamala hotel is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kalim Beach, Patong Beach and Kamala Beach. Bangla Road and Tsunami Memorial are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (913 reviews)

"The room should be clean with anti bacterial specialy bathroom"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
4.5 out of 5
12 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
Rs3,802
per night
Mar 7 - Mar 8

This family-friendly Patong resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Patong Boxing Stadium, Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (737 reviews)

"Amenities were great- pools, gym, pools bars and restaurants. Breakfast well above average. Other dining enjoyable. Rooms not optimally maintained but comfortable and clean. Jacuzzi outside of room is cold rather than hot, but nice for a dip. Free shuttle to Patong beach was very convenient. Did ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
5 out of 5
14/2 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
Rs5,064
per night
Mar 12 - Mar 13

Located in the heart of Karon, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Karon Beach Roundabout and Karon Beach. Kata Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,725 reviews)

"We had a lovely welcome arrival to the hotel, where we were given a map of the hotel! As the hotel clearly states it is very hilly and not ideal for people with mobility issues. We had a lovely room fairly near to the pool, restaurant and recption. The hotel has 5 pools although we only went to 2. ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach

Popular things to do in Phuket

Patong Beach
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Patong Beach

4/5(299 reviews)

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

Karon Beach
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Karon Beach

4.5/5(227 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Karon Beach, a popular beach in Karon. Amble around this culturally rich area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4/5(180 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(157 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(79 reviews)

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

Bangla Road
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Bangla Road

4/5(257 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. 

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