PhuketThailand

4.3/5Top Destination

Quaint Phuket is calling! Discover its beaches, island views, culture and more.

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”.

Known for

Beaches, Shopping and Romantic

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Where to stay in Phuket

Old Phuket Town
Old Phuket Town

Old Phuket Town

Known for Cafés, Museums, Friendly People

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Stroll through the quaint town center and capture photos of the exceptional Sino-Portuguese design of the majestic shop houses and museums in this historic district.

Nanai Road
Nanai Road, Thailand
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Nanai Road

Known for Friendly People, Swimming, Sea

3.5/5(15 reviews)

Known for being walkable and relaxing, Nanai Road is a welcoming neighbourhood with a great selection of bars. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the seaside.

Talat Yai
Talat Yai, Phuket, Thailand
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Talat Yai

Known for Culture, Temples, Chinatown

4/5(22 reviews)

Talat Yai is a neighbourhood that welcomes all visitors. The neighbourhood has many appealing features, among them its China town and rich culture. Broaden your horizons with some local historic landmarks.

Ban Saiyuan
Ban Saiyuan, Rawai, Thailand
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Ban Saiyuan

Known for Relaxing, Sea, Friendly People

5/5(2 reviews)

The Ban Saiyuan (1) neighbourhood is known for being relaxing and secluded. Part of the neighbourhood’s charm is its friendly people. Many visitors come for its beautiful outdoor setting, especially the seaside.

Talat Nuea
Talat Nuea, Phuket, Thailand

Talat Nuea

Known for Ferry, Friendly People, Budget

4/5(5 reviews)

A welcoming neighbourhood, Talat Nuea offers a variety of options for coffee shops. Broaden your horizons with some local historic landmarks.

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
Rs6,090
per night
17 Oct-18 Oct
4.4/5Excellent! (798 reviews)

"Nice hotel but the bed was hard and u comfortable for a nice hotel bed was horrible."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
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
Rs6,117
per night
17 Oct-18 Oct
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,591 reviews)

"This resort was absolutely fantastic. Photos on sites are exactly what it looks like. Staff were amazing"…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2019

Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
4.5 out of 5
12 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
Rs4,278
per night
17 Oct-18 Oct
4.1/5Very Good! (661 reviews)

"Love this property. Check in experience was bad as the Aircond was spoilt otherwise it’s good"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket

Popular things to do in Phuket

Bangla Road
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Bangla Road

4/5(191 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. 

Phuket Fantasea
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Phuket Fantasea

3.5/5(52 reviews)

Experience Thai theater, enjoy a buffet dinner and see a colorful show featuring a magical elephant at this cultural theme park. 

Big Buddha
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Big Buddha

4.5/5(126 reviews)

Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of this spiritual site, whilst enjoying the panoramic views from the Nakkerd Hills.

Promthep Cape
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Promthep Cape

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world from this famous coastal look-out.

Karon Beach
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Karon Beach

4/5(177 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(133 reviews)

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

Reviews of Phuket

4.3

Top Destination

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4 - Good 48.148148148148145%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

27 May 2019

Traffic condition should be improved.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

23 Apr 2019

As in all of Thailand the local people are incredibly welcoming and fantastic hosts, but we found Phuket rather busy and preferred the slower pace of the islands,

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

27 Mar 2019

Khao Sok national park and rainforest is an amazing place to visit and is accessible from Phuket The nearby islands are easily accessible from Phuket and are magic for outdoor adventures, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, etc & amazing wildlife.

5/5 - Excellent

Chrissi

10 Mar 2019

Hotel excellant & good location. Friendly accomadating mooting staff for c.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

12 Feb 2019

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