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 Chalong Pier 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
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
5 out of 5
8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket
The price is Rs6,120 per night

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 is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (968 reviews)

"Excellent hotel!! Me and my partner came here for our two year anniversary, we had an ocean from suite with our private pool. In our original room we had issue with hot water, the front desk relocated us immediately to our liking of the room. She had a driver drive my partner to check our few suites ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2020

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
88 Moo 7, Prunai, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
The price is Rs3,021 per night

This Ko Yao resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loh Paret Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Klong Hia Pier and Phang Nga Bay. Ao Phang-nga National ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,208 reviews)

"Stayed here for two weeks during the virus crisis and it was a perfect place to be...very safe and secluded. I enjoyed the food, the staff was wonderful and my room was perfect. I am shocked that some people complained about the service, never once did I have an issue. Yes, the hill is an issue, ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2020

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
5 out of 5
14 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket

Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Big Buddha are also within 3 miles (5 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)

"Customer Service is key here All staff are forever helpful and attentive to your needs Smiling happy pleasant always A great example of customer service Nothing is too much trouble for them all"…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

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 romantic area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

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 lively bars.

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.

Kata Beach
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Kata Beach

4.5/5(204 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Kata Beach, a popular beach in Kata. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

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.

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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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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2 - Disappointing 2.3255813953488373%
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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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