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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

Top hotels in Phuket

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach
Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach
5 out of 5
92, 92/1 Moo 3, Sakoo, Talang, Nai Yang Beach, Sa Khu, Phuket
The price is Rs4,758 per night from 26 Nov to 27 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Sa Khu hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Nai Yang Beach and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Mai Khao Beach. Sirinat National Park is 2.7 mi (4.4 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (526 reviews)

"I love this property. The staff is wonderful along with the entire food and beverage Department. This only issue is the property is off the beaten path with no other facilities (clubs, restaurants, even 7-11) close by. You’ll need a car to get to the main road. Since there is only 1 restaurant on ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2020

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach
The Marina Phuket Hotel
The Marina Phuket Hotel
4 out of 5
240/9 Phangmuang Sai Kor Road, Patong, Phuket
The price is Rs1,273 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec

Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center and Kalim Beach are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (448 reviews)

"Spotless accomodation, lovely rooftop pool altjough a little difficult to get a sunbed on many occasions. Had evening meal in hotel on 2 occsions, food was excellent. Ask for room away from roadside as these rooms are extremely noisy, road is very busy & load all night long. Swapped after 1 night ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

The Marina Phuket Hotel
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
5 out of 5
8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket
The price is Rs6,225 per night from 26 Nov to 27 Nov

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! (969 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
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 Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
5 out of 5
239-239/1 Moo 3, Tumbon Mai Khao, Mai Khao, Phuket
The price is Rs9,338 per night from 28 Nov to 29 Nov

Located in Mai Khao, this beachfront villa is connected to a shopping centre and within a 5-minute walk of Turtle Village and Mai Khao Beach. Yacht Haven Marina ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (91 reviews)

"Staff are friendly and helpful, room is spacious with fabulous decoration and also very clean and tidy. Hotel is located at a quiet place with excellent environment. A very great place for vacation."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
6th Avenue Surin Beach
6th Avenue Surin Beach
4 out of 5
The price is Rs960 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

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
Villa Atoosa
Villa Atoosa
3.5 out of 5
64/38 Moo 7, Soi Samakki 1, Rawai

Located in Ban Saiyuan (1), this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Chalong Bay, Rawai Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Chalong Pier is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.

Villa Atoosa
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.

Popular places to visit in Phuket

Reviews of Phuket


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 39.53488372093023%
4 - Good
4 - Good 51.16279069767442%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 6.976744186046512%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 2.3255813953488373%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0%

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


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


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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