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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”.

Where to stay in Phuket

Top hotels in Phuket

The Bloc Hotel
The Bloc Hotel
4 out of 5
162/4 Thaveewong Road, Patong, Phuket
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Situated on the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Karon Beach and Kamala Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

4.2/5Very Good! (498 reviews)

"We had the perfect experience of Phuket. The location is by everything! The beach, restaurant, shopping etc. The rooftop view was the cherry and the staff is so friendly!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2020

The Bloc Hotel
Phuket Siray Hut Resort
Phuket Siray Hut Resort
2.5 out of 5
25 Moo 1, Thepprathan Road, Amphur Muang, Ratsada, Phuket
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Situated in Ratsada, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Koh Sirey Temple and Ratsada Pier. Phuket Trickeye Museum and Phuket Sunday Night Market are also within ...

2.9/5 (9 reviews)
Worst place we stayed

"Booker this hotel as a 1 night quick stop as it's close to the pier to get to phi phi. If coming from the airport don't expect anyone to know where it is, we took a taxi which we had no choice to at 2am which was 700baht They didn't know where it was and we spent 2 hours in the taxi driving around ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2016

Phuket Siray Hut Resort
Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
555, Moo 3, Talang, Mai Khao, Phuket
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs5,022 per night from 23 Mar to 24 Mar

Located in Mai Khao, this beachfront resort is in a national park and within 2 mi (3 km) of Mai Khao Beach and Turtle Village. Splash Jungle Water Park and Blue ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (605 reviews)

"Nice property and quiet area but far from town and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2020

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Phuket

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
5 out of 5
168 Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4, Choeng Thale, Phuket
The price is Rs9,686 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

Located in Choeng Thale, this beachfront villa is next to a golf course, 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Laguna Phuket Golf Club, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Surin Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (368 reviews)

"Our stay at the property was an incredible experience. The private pool villa, housekeeping service, room amenities etc. were amazing and the property is right on the beach which made our stay memorable. You can enjoy the tide in and the tide out walk on the beach. Kayaking, paddle boarding and various ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
6th Avenue Surin Beach
6th Avenue Surin Beach
4 out of 5
The price is Rs1,277 per night from 13 Mar to 14 Mar

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bang Tao Beach and Surin Beach. Kamala Beach and Phuket Fantasea are also within 3 miles ...

4.3/5Excellent! (191 reviews)
Great stay at 6th Ave Surin Beach

"Great staff, service and hotel overall!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

6th Avenue Surin Beach
The View Phuket
The View Phuket
4 out of 5
78/7 Patak Road, Karon, Phuket
The price is Rs8,160 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

This family-friendly Karon villa is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Karon Beach, Big Buddha and Kata Noi Beach. Chalong Temple and Patong Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (106 reviews)
The Perfect Stay

"i booked the hotel for my proposal and the staff helped with the decorations. they also prepared a cake for my girlfriend's birthday. we could also get to the various attractions nearby and back by getting the hotel to ferry us using their shuttle bus."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

The View Phuket
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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5 - Excellent 39.53488372093023%
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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