Phuket Tourism Guide

Phuket Tourism Guide

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Language
Central Thai 

Currency
Thai Baht 

Visa
Visa free for 30 days

Cost of a beer
SG$2.85 (avg)

Cost of a Meal
SG$28.54(avg)

Average Room Rate
SG$79.60 (3* hotel)

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Located just off the South West coast of Thailand, situated in the Andaman Sea, is the vastly popular island of Phuket. This tropical paradise is one of the most thrilling beach destinations in Asia and the ideal location for a holiday break. Famously known for its party and nightlife scene, this island has a number of hidden gems that will enhance your experience and holiday immensely.

Discover the colourful cultural history of the island, as well as its idyllic white, sandy beaches and azure blue sea (so clear you’ll be able to see the fish swimming around your toes). There are a number of bustling nightlife experiences and a vast amount of places to relax with cocktails and other cool drinks. Alternatively, head into the old towns of the islands and do how the locals do.

The currency in Phuket is the Thai Baht (THB) and Singapore is one hour ahead of Phuket, so effectively our guide is teaching you how to travel back in time to get the most out of your holiday. We’ll share with you all of the best places to visit, things to do, restaurants to eat in, hotels to sleep in and more.

Top Attractions

 

Phnag Nga Bay

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that leave the biggest impressions. Phnag Nga Bay is a place of stunning natural beauty: so much so that it’s well known for being a shooting location for huge internationally popular franchises, like Star Wars and the James Bond films. A majestically beautiful bay surrounded by limestone cliffs and caves, it’s a sight you’re unlikely to forget anytime soon.

 

Phuket Fantasea Show

Often learning about culture brings up images of dusty museums and your head aching with the weight of information. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The Phuket Fantasea Show is a perfect example of celebrating a unique local culture with joy, exuberance and creativity. Aside from the wonderful live shows, there’s also excellent food available and even an amusement park. Book in early to avoid missing out!

 

Wat Chalong

A vital visit for anyone interested in the culture and history of Phuket, Wat Chalong was once a medical centre during the Chinese rebellion in the late 19th century. Today, it retains its place as a much loved and significant space to locals, although now it’s due to its importance to the spiritual rather than medical. Perhaps the most important Buddhist temple anywhere in Phuket, its early 19th century architecture make it a worthwhile place to check out regardless of your religious status.

Things to do in Phuket

“Phuket is mostly known as a resort island but if you take the time to explore the historical sections of Phuket town, you’ll find turn-of-the-century colonial shophouses and mansions that won’t look out of place in Penang or Singapore. The area has a host of art galleries, museums and traditional restaurants you won’t find elsewhere in Thailand”

By Bino, I Wandered

This breath-taking island has so many areas of natural beauty to explore, alongside sites of historical and religious significance. Here are just some of the must-see attractions.

Phang Nga Bay

Phnag Nga Bay is famous for its use in the much loved The Man With The Golden Gun instalment of the James Bond franchise. It’s known by many simply as James Bond Island. It also starred on the silver screen in Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith as the location pictures for the planet Kashyyt.  It’s easy to see why any director would love to film here: the bay is a stunning stretch of water measuring 400 square metres between the Malay peninsula and Au Phant Nga National Park. Its clear, crisp water stretches out to the distance with only its fascinating caves, limestone cliffs and significant archaeological sites to distract you from the beautiful deep blue view. These sites are a remnant of lost civilisations from thousands of years ago, when sea levels were lower and it was possible to walk across the bay. Go for the views and stay for the history.

Price: Free + additional costs for tours. All Day Trip with Simba Sea Trips: Adult (low season between May – Sept) – THB3,950, Adult (high season between Oct – April) – THB4,200, Child between 4 – 11 years (low season between May – Sept) – TH 2,700, Child between 4 – 11 years (high season between Oct – April) – THB2,950
Opening Hours: 24-hour – Tour times vary
Address: Ao Phang Nga National Park, Thailand

 

 “Phuket is both a Thai province and an island, one of 32 in Phang Nga Bay. Kayaking into the hongs, natural vertical rock rooms formed by a geological process, will reveal many creatures, from swallows to monkeys, egrets and eagles. Nests used for making birds nest soup come from rooms like these.”

By Max Hartstone, GoNomad

Old Town Phuket

Image source: Hikosaemon

This historical provincial capital is jam-packed with beauty. From shrines to temples, this incredible collection of sights was born out of the prosperity bought by the tin boom of the previous century. As such, there are mansions to be found from those who made a fortune from the tin barons, back when metal was an extremely valuable material. There’s tons to buy during market hours (open between 4-5pm on a weekend), with unique locally made items you won’t find anywhere else. It’s a perfect time to shop and see the area of Old Town Phuket, which is most beautiful when the sun has begun to fade from the often blistering heat of mid-day. It’s also a great place to get something to eat or drink with plenty of welcoming coffee shops, cafes and restaurants serving excellent local cuisine.

Old Phuket Town is essentially made up of five different roads: Rasada Rd., Phanga Nga Rd., Thalang Road., Dibuk Rd., and Krabi Rd. If you’d like to learn more about the history of the area or be exposed to some sights you may not see normally, then we recommend finding a city tour online. Furthermore, there are so many restaurants, cafes and shops located in this area, that it would be a shame not to try at least a few. The Blue Elephant Restaurant (Krabi Road 96, Phuket town, Phuket, 83000) is one of the most authentic Thai restaurants in the area. There are a number of quaint shops lined up next to one another and then round the corne,r you could stumble on a palatial mansion, once owned by the old tin barons of times gone by. There is also the Shrine of Serene Light located off Phang Nga Rd. or the Thai Hua Museum off Krabi Rd. to learn more about Phuket’s culture and history.

Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours: 24-hour – Store times vary
Address: Thalang Road, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand

Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

Image source: Capital Spirits

For anyone interested in high class liquors, there can be few better tourist destinations than Chalong Bay Rum Distillery, famous for producing some of the best rums in the entire world. This is no hyperbole: they’ve regularly topped publications for the best tasting rum for several of their different strains of liquor. Here you’ll get to see the entire process at work, with informative, interesting tours and excellent guides who really know their stuff. Best of all of course, you’ll get to try these world famous rums yourself to see what all the fuss is about. This is more than just your average alcoholic beverage. This is the liquid equivalent of a five-star gourmet meal made in one of the best restaurants around. Speaking of which, there’s terrific food options available here for an additional cost but it’s more than worth the price. Some even say their rum doesn’t cause hangovers, but we wouldn’t take their word on that.

You can embark upon a Distillery Tour, which runs every hour from Monday to Saturday (starting at 2pm and ending at 6pm). On this tour, you will have a highly knowledgeable tour guide taking you through the process, a rum tasting session and a Chalong Bay Rum Mojito as a treat.

Price: THB300

The Cocktail Workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to develop their bartending skills or learn how to make a delicious cocktail to impress friends and family. They are held every Tuesday and Saturday and last two hours. During that time, you will learn to perfect three cocktails and have the distillery experience. At least one day pre-booking is required and private classes (for minimum of 4 people) are also available.

Price: THB1,200

Price: Distillery tour – THB 300, Cocktail workshop – THB 1,200
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11.00 – 22.00
Address: 14/2 Moo 2, Palai soi 2, Tambon Chalong,, Amphur Muang Phuket, Phuket 83130, Thailand

 

 “While in Phuket, don’t miss the chance to try traditional Thai massage. You’ll be bent, stretched and cracked into different positions while being fully clothed in loose clothing, on a mat on the floor. Best of all, you’ll leave feeling like you just completed a yoga class without doing any of the hard work.”

By Elaine, Suma Beach Lifestyle

Karon View Point

Phuket is truly marvellous, with plenty of places to appreciate the stunning natural beauty of this incredible mountain island. But perhaps there’s no better place to marvel at all it has to offer than at Karon View Point. This spot delivers an incredible look over the crisp sands and clear waters of several coastal beaches, as well as the awe-inspiring Andaman Sea, which stretches off seemingly endlessly towards the horizon. You can also see a statue of Big Buddha off in the distance, adding to the serene, peaceful ambience. Make sure you check the weather before coming down to get the best of the views here: it can get very rainy, which can obscure the sights. It’s also a good idea to visit outside of the hottest time periods, as the sun can also create a haze. The morning or late afternoon are probably your best bet.

Price: Free to view
Opening Hours: 24-hour
Address:
4233, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand

 

Wat Chalong

Image source: Holiday Point

A place of deep holy resonance, Wat Chalong is the largest and perhaps the most important Buddhist temple in the entire island. Considering the religious history of Phuket, a culture that still exists very prominently today, that’s no small feat. Aside from its religious significance, it’s a stunning temple and an important piece of the island’s heritage, so is well worth a visit from tourists who don’t share those spiritual views. Architecturally, it’s very traditional, keeping the aesthetic qualities favoured in the early 19th century. It points out of the ground like a golden lightning rod with spectacular surroundings featuring tasteful, intricate patterns, which follow the temple all the way up to the top of its massive three floors, reaching a whopping 60 metres. Historically, its significant for its place as a medical centre during the Chinese rebellion of 1876.

Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours: Daily: 07.00 – 17.00
Address:
Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand

Monkey Hill (Toh Sae Hill)

Image source: Jeff Gunn

If you’re a nature lover, there’s few experiences as unique and exciting as Monkey Hill, where there’s no prizes for guessing what creature is the star of this scenic walk. It’s quite a steep journey so make show that you’re ready with your walking boots on, but don’t worry, the views are more than worth it. This popular attraction is completely free of charge, except for the food stalls. It’s a great place to get up close and personal with the monkeys and see them playing and going about their natural habitat. Do be aware though, these monkeys are wild creatures and thus, precautions must be taken with small children around. This is not a zoo or any kind of captive space. The monkeys come and go as they please within their own environment. Snacks are available, including ice cream, which provides some welcome relief on a hot summers day.

Price: Free to view + THB20 for a bag of nuts to feed the monkeys
Opening Hours: Daily: 08.00 – 17.00
Address: To Chae Road, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand

The Phuket FantaSea Show

A magical experience fit for all the family, the Phuket FantaSea Show is an incredible cultural event that mixes a celebration of traditional Thai culture with all the glitz and glamour of a high budget Broadway show. It’s more than mere showmanship. It’s educational too, taking viewers through the storied history of this fascinating nation. There’s also plenty to see with the complex also operating as an amusement park, with several attractions and game counters to explore. Perhaps best of all though is the incredible food on offer, which includes everything from a seafood buffet to local delicacies that showcase as much culture and skill as the acrobatics on the stage. Be sure to book in early to ensure a place and keep in mind that no electronics are allowed within the building.

Price: Show only: Adult – THB 1,800, Child – THB 1,800, Show with buffet dinner: Adult – THB 2,200, Child – THB 2,000
Opening Hours: Daily: 17.30 – 22.30
Address:
99 Moo 3 Kamala Kathu Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand

The Big Buddha – Phuket

Image source: Eirien

The majestic Big Buddha stands at an impressive 45 metres high, 25 metres across and can be seen from many spots throughout the island. But there’s nothing quite like getting up close to the awe-inspiring structure for yourself. This is a place of great religious importance, with the option of being blessed by monks during your visit if you’re so inclined. Do keep in mind, the journey involves a rather steep and long staircase so make sure you consider this if you’re with young children or have any other reasons that might prevent you from making the climb. It’s also worth mentioning that monkeys do frequent the area so keep a tight hold of your belongings, as they are notorious for stealing tourists’ goods. Entrance is free and the site also features rather spectacular views, although the attraction itself still has work to be done.

Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours: Daily: 08.00 – 19.30
Address:
Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand

Sea Cave Kayaking

Image source: Phuket@photographer.net

The caves and lagoons on Phuket have a magical, almost Disney-like quality to them that makes you feel like you’ve entered another world. With plankton lighting up the waters late at night, it’s a wonderful way to appreciate the distinct beauty of the area. The guides here (for several of the tours you can find) are considered excellent by most visitors: personable with great knowledge of the caves and their connections with the local culture. There’s plenty of different tours to choose from, all featuring different attractions with distinct levels of adventurousness, with one requiring you to lie down to make your way through the slim caves. There’s also visits to James Bond Island available, as well as great lunch and dinner options too.

Price: Varies depending on tour
Opening Hours: 24-hours – Tour times vary
Address:
Various sites

 Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Project

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Created in 1992, this charitable sanctuary was established to rescue gibbons from captivity and reintroduce them into the wild. The need for the sanctuary originates with the gibbon poaching issue in Phuket. Gibbons are used as tourist attractions throughout the island, including in nightclubs and bars. We recommend avoiding having your photo taken with the gibbons in these places to reduce the demand / need to capture these creatures. You will be inspired by the care, attention and love the volunteers at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) have for the animals and how the sanctuary itself runs purely off donations.

Price: Entry to the GRP is free, but entrance to the Khao Phra Thaew National Park (where it is located) is THB200. No money from the park’s entry charge goes to the sanctuary, so donations are warmly welcomed.
Opening Hours:
Sunday – Friday: 09.00 – 16.30, Saturday: 09.00 – 15.00
Address:
104/3 M.3 Paklock, Talang, Phuket, 83110

Shopping in Phuket

If you want to grab yourself a bargain, browse authentic local goods or experience the bustling crowds of Phuket’s markets, here are the places to be.

Jungceylon Shopping Mall

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The bright lights of Jungceylon Shopping Mall hide a whole host of authentic local goods, as well as high-end international brands. It’s one of the biggest malls on the island, featuring everything from great shopping to fantastic restaurants and eateries, just as varied in price as the shopping opportunities, with a wonderful selection of cuisines. There’s even a cinema and cosmetic stores for you to browse in this retail haven.

Address: 181 Rat Uthit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

Opening Hours: May – Oct: daily from 11:00 – 22:00, Nov – Apr: daily from 11:00 – 23:00

Phuket Weekend Market (Talad Tairod)

If you’re looking for a truly authentic local shopping experience, the Phuket Weekend Market, otherwise known as Naka Market of Talad Tairod (which translated means “Car Boot Sale”), is a bustling, energetic night market. It boasts an array of famous brands at very cheap prices. You should be aware of differing levels of quality but nonetheless, there’s plenty of great, unique, high quality bargains to be found here if you’re willing to take a look around.

Address: Talad Tai Rot is located along Chao Fa West Road, Phuket’s main thoroughfare
Opening Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 16:00 – 21:00

Phuket Walking Street

Image source: Phuket@photographer.net

The most popular attraction in all of Phuket Town, the Phuket Walking Street, also known as Lard Yai by locals, is one of the best street market on the entire island. It is open every Sunday in the afternoons. Despite limited opening times, it’s well worth a look. This is an independent market, so you won’t find any expensive, high-end stores here. Instead, the focus is on locally produced goods, which gives you a totally authentic place to get your shopping hit. It also features plenty of great street artists and food options as well.

Address: Thalang Road in Phuket Old Town
Opening Hours: Every Sunday from 16:00 – 22:00

Fun Fact

  • Its original name was Jungceylon. This is where the name of the Jungceylon Shopping Mall actually comes from.
  • There are a total of 36 beaches on Phuket, with the most popular being Patong, Kata, Kamala and Karon.
  • Most of the island’s economy is based on tourism today. However, in the past it was the tin mining industry which first propelled it to prosperity in the 16th
  • On the 1st – 9th day of the ninth month on the Chinese lunar calendar, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is held. This is, one of the biggest events of the year, amassing enormous crowds who flock to sample some of the finest meat-free dishes in the country.
  • Despite still being Thai food, Phucket actually has a reputation for being spicier than the rest of the country, so be prepared when trying those local dishes.

Beaches in Phuket

“Phuket has some of the best beaches in the world, and as a wheelchair user, it’s easy to enjoy this wonderful destination. There are various tour companies that focus on accessible travel and special beach wheelchairs are available. No matter what your disability is, you’ll be able to enjoy the sun and the surf in Phuket.”

Cory Lee, Curb Free with Cory Lee

Patong Beach is one the most popular beaches in all of Phuket. It is also an ideal party beach, with an incredible nightlife featuring some of the coolest bars and top tourist spots around: all of this on the stunning beachfront. Have a quiet beer, stay up all night dancing or go for a world class meal in one of the areas’ hundreds of restaurants. That’s right, hundreds! No matter how much you want to pay or what cuisine you’re after, you’ll find something to suit you on the sandy setting of Patong.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, Kamala Beach might by right up your alley. This stunning beach is located near a fishing village. It’s a serene, quiet stretch of sand and is one of the most beautiful spots on the whole island. With somewhere as beautiful as Phuket, that’s really saying something. There’s great places to stay here too if you’d like to to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This area has become something of a hidden Taiwanese gem, attracting people looking for a longer stay, including many retirees. It’s pretty clear why they want to stick around.

The largest beach in Phuket is also one of the least developed. So if you’re looking for a series of energetic bars and clubs nearby, you’re best seeking out the more populated beaches. If, however you’re trying to get away from it all and really want to soak in the natural beauty of these stunning sands, then be sure to visit Mai Khao Beach, measuring in at a whopping eleven kilometres with only a single hotel. This is truly a piece of purely unspoiled bliss. Do be aware that swimming between May and November can be dangerous, owing to a sharp drop off at the Andaman Sea.

Food in Phuket

“While dreams of Phuket are often beaches and parties, the unique mixture of Chinese, Malay, Portuguese and Indian influences in the delicious food is what I love so much about the island. In Phuket Town, try Noy Pochana for dishes like gaeng som (sour curry) and goong pad sataw (shrimp with stink beans) and a truly local experience.”

By Mark Wiens, Migrationology

No matter what your tastes or budget may be, Phuket has a spectacular array of restaurants and eateries where you can indulge with delicious drink menus, whet your appetite and try something new.

Image source: Jana Reifegerste

Phuket Floating Restaurants

There’s several floating restaurants available in Phuket, all featuring a wonderfully fresh, fine dining experience. They are also home to some of the best seafood around, and on an island like Phuket, that’s no small accomplishment. It seems like these restaurants have been around for centuries but they actually have their origins only a little over 20 years ago. In a stroke of genius, they were constructed by a group of entrepreneurial friends. It’s a wonderfully relaxing place to eat with equally chilled out surroundings.

Address: East coast of Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily: usually between 10.00 – 22.00

Lock Tien Food Court in Phuket Town

Dishing up wonderfully authentic local cuisines of all shapes and sizes, Lock Tien Food Court is not a fine dining experience. It’s rustic, down to earth and unpretentious, but that does not mean you won’t find world class culinary experiences right here. Even better, you’ll find them at a fraction of the price. This is a busy, bustling local hotspot with an energetic ambience. You really get the feeling of being in the midst of local life at the heart of Phuket Old Town.

Address: At the traffic lights between Dibuk and Yaowarat Road, right next to Hi-So Shop. It has a sign in English.
Opening Hours: Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday – Monday: 10.00 – 17.00

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Acqua

Upmarket Italian cuisine may not be what you most associate with the island of Phuket. Looking out at the stunning Kalim Beach from the inviting interiors of Acqua though, it might be the surprise location you’ve always wanted to tuck into some incredible European cuisine. The restaurant itself is just as elegant as its surroundings: beautifully decorated and quite distinct from almost anything else in the area. The food is truly world class, with oysters flown in from France and a wine list reaching into the hundreds, all from its hand picked cellar.

Address: 322/5 Prabaramee Road Kalim Beach
Opening Hours: Daily: 16.00 – 23.00

Mom Tri’s Kitchen at Villa Royale

This is another high-class eating establishment, proving Phuket truly does have everything from cheap and cheerful street food to the most upmarket dining experiences. Here, you can find something delicious at any price but if you are willing to pay a little more, Mom Tri’s Kitchen is here to spoil you. This amazing restaurant features an incredible 700 strong wine list, live music, outdoor pool, two bars and a wonderful selections of gourmet delights to tantalise your taste buds.

Address: 12 Kata Noi Road, Phuket 83100
Opening Hours: Daily: from morning breakfast to evening dining

Image source: Ron Dollete

Home Kitchen, Bar & Bed

Home Kitchen, Bar & Bed is a restaurant that keeps its menu as unique as its décor. It has an incredible serene, calm, chic ambience brought to you by designer John Underwood, who specialises in reimagining vintage furniture and turning it into something new and exciting. Similarly, the menu takes old recipes and fuses them across different cuisines and even continents to provide a truly distinct dining experience, brought to you by internationally recognised chef Daniel Isberg. There’s also a wonderful view of the ocean to complete your experience, which is fitting, considering their seafood may very well be the best available in all of Phuket. They’re also known for their terrific selection of cocktails and great music. This is a restaurant that really does have it all if you’re willing to pay a little more.

Address: 314 Phrabaramee road, Kalim beach, Patong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 17.00 – 02.00, Sunday: 17.00 – 00.00

Nightlife in Phuket

Watch as the sun sets in Phuket, bringing this sleepy island to life with energetic clubs, world class bars and some of the best nights you will ever experience.

Image source: Phuket@photographer.net

Soi Bangla

The bright lights of Soi Bangla are one of the most mesmerising sights in Phuket. This open road is filled with some of the hottest bars on the island, all in one place so you can enjoy a truly epic night out. Hear the roar of music, watch as the crowds flow into the street and hunt out the most exciting nightlife events in Phuket. Please be aware though that there are scams operating in this busy area, so always keep your wits about you.

Address: Thanon Bangla, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand
Entry Fee: Free to walk down
Opening Hours: Daily: usually between 11.00 – late

Seduction Nightclub

Holding up to a whopping 3,000 club-goers over five venues, the Seduction complex is home to the largest nightclub in Patong Beach. It’s also home to one of the best atmospheres of all the nights out on the island. Featuring banging beats from the top local DJs and international stars, such as Skrillex, Goldie and more, this buzzing scene brings together a young trendy crowd.

Address: 70/3 Bangla Rd., Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Entry Fee: Varies depending on venue and event
Opening Hours: Daily: 22.00 – 01.00

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Red Hot Bar (Formally Margarita’s)

If you prefer your music played with live instruments rather than behind a DJ booth, Red Hot Club is the place to be. It features talented local and international bands playing every night with a wonderful vibe and a great variety of music, depending on which night you decide to go. So if there’s nothing on one night, you’re bound to find something you like later in the week. Drinks are cheap and it’s located on the happening Patong Strip with great food and cocktails all round.
Address: 86 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 50120, Thailand
Entry Fee: No entry fees
Opening Hours: 24-hours

Illuzion Club & Discotheque

Billed as “the ultimate clubbing experience in Thailand”, Illuzion Phuket offers a great selection of tunes with everything from house, EDM, hip hop and more on offer, played by a selection of top DJs. Its reputation lives up to the hype: it’s widely considered to be one of the best, if not the best, club across the country. Drinks are also decently priced for a club of this calibre, with more than reasonable costs considering the epic sound system, world class lighting and energetic atmosphere.

Address: Thanon Bangla, Patong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Entry Fee: THB500
Opening Hours: Daily: 22.00 – 04.00

Image source: Sefton Billington

Dream Beach Club

Another massive club in an island with a renowned night scene, Dream Beach Club raises the stakes by including an incredible two swimming pools and four bars. These all pump out hypnotising dance tracks into the evening inviting you to get up on the dance floor. There’s no more memorable way to experience the Phuket sunset than enjoying great times with great music right here.

Address: Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Entry Fee: Dependent on the night, prices range from THB1,000 – 2,000
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11.00 – 20.00, Sunday: 12.00 – 20.00

Top Tips

  • Understand the ATMs:
    Unlike many other places around the world, in Thailand, your money comes out of an ATM machine first. This means it can be easy for the uninitiated to lose their card after having a drink or two.
  • Know where to find your ideal destination:
    Different areas are better suited to different kinds of travellers. If you want somewhere busy, Patong is the place to be. Looking for an area a little less frantic for families? Then Kata or Kamala are good choices. If you want somewhere really quiet, then Mai Khao Beach is a peaceful pick.
  • Be prepared for the heat:
    Don’t let the odd cloud fool you. The sun here is fierce and sun cream is an absolute must to avoid getting badly burned.
  • Respect red flags:
    If you see a red flag near water, that’s to be taken seriously. This is because, during low season, certain areas can be extremely dangerous, no matter how strong a swimmer you are.

Hotels in Phuket

 

”When in Phuket, get a spa treatment. Go to Orientala Spa at the Deevana Plaza hotel and order a unique 180-minute Patavee. It consists of foot bath, full body massage and foam bath which will connect you more to your Earth element. Getting beaten up with a wooden hammer to release the muscles is a must do in Phuket.”

By Alexandra Kováčová, We Travel Around the World

Luxury Hotels in Phuket

 

There’s no prizes for guessing the location of Horizon Patong Beach Resort & Spa. Staying true to its namesake, this gem of a hotel can be found a mere two minutes walk from the beach. If you don’t like the feeling of the sand between your toes though, there’s a gorgeous pool area where you can enjoy a swim in the sun without having to so much as leave the comfort of your resort. You can afford to be extra lazy with a fully equipped spa service, including body massage. Alternatively, you can get your heart racing with their fitness centre. The rooms are simple but comfortable, with plenty of options to suit everyone from couples to families. Their dining area is tastefully decorated, with a beachside, rustic feel and great Indian food available from Balushi restaurant or mouth-watering pizzas from Borsalino restaurant, both of which are available onsite.

The grand entranceway, with its ceiling that folds effortlessly inwards like a sheet, isn’t the only way in which the Grand Mercure Phuket Patong aims to blow you away. There’s an elegance to the décor here that is both exquisite and earthy. From the inside, it feels like it could be carved from something far more authentic than your average hotel, such is the success of their design strategy. The bedrooms are equally stunning, with tastefully decorated, well furnished, large rooms and a superior comfortable bed. There’s a clear sense of everything here being held to a very high standard, from the lobby to the rooms and everything in between. Speaking of which, there’s a great outdoor pool, which while not the largest, is beautifully designed. The food is also excellent, with terrific Thai and European options, both of an extremely high standard. The hotel boasts all the modern comforts you’d expect, including a large cable TV, a refrigerator, a garden, kids club and game options, including darts and billiards. Plus, if you want to relax, there’s spa and massage options, as well as a fitness centre if you fancy breaking a sweat.

Be dazzled by the unrivalled attention to detail displayed throughout every inch of the Banyan Tree Phuket. If you’re happy to splash out on your holiday accommodation, this hotel will go to great lengths to meet your every demand. This Choeng Thale resort is nestled close to the sea and just a short distance away from Laguna Phuket Golf Club and Layan Beach. You’ll find it a struggle to leave your refined room though, with its rich wooden interior, plush furnishings and sparkling private pool. You’ll find plenty to keep you entertained here, with an astonishing seven onsite restaurants, outdoor pool, poolside bar, lounge, fitness centre and full-service spa. And when you are ready to head out, you can enjoy a free area shuttle to make your holiday completely hassle free.

To live in the lap of luxury during your stay in London, you will need to be spending approximately 15,000 rupees per night’s stay (on average). These prices are influenced significantly by the length of time you stay, the size of your group and when you choose to visit London.

Mid-Range Hotels in Phuket

For some, uniform, minimalistic rooms are all they’re after. They want somewhere simple to put their head down at night and little else. The Pimnara Boutique is not one of those hotels. Instead it offers rooms that are utterly distinct from each other, with separate personalities and styles to suit you as an individual. There’s rooms with bright reds and pinks with flowery décor all the way through to ultra sleek and modern rooms, with themes from music to nature and off the wall eclecticism. So, if you don’t mind rooms that are in your face with their charm and character, you’re likely to find something for you here. It’s also right above Jungceylon Mall, so you won’t have to go far to feed your shopping appetite. The breakfast is top notch, if a little short on variety. Luckily, there’s plenty of other eating spots around if you want something a little different, including the onsite Italian bistro and wine bar. This is a great, artsy little hotel.

Modelled like a tropical paradise, the Baan Maksong Resort and Spa is stunningly designed: looking like a large upscale hut complete with deep browns, reds and earthy furnishings. The décor strikes a wonderful balance between feeling luxurious and down to earth, giving you the feeling of a higher end hotel without the eye-watering price tag. Even the pool is framed by stunning tropical trees, keeping the ambience going throughout the hotel. The traditional Thai decorations are matched by authentic cuisine at the Maksong restaurant, which features a great selection of local dishes. Of course, this sun-kissed atmosphere wouldn’t be complete without a beverage or two. Luckily, there’s an onsite bar featuring lots of expertly crafted cocktails to enjoy. The hotel also includes a spa and wellness centre, a fitness centre, sauna, kids club, free Wi-Fi and much more.

With the sheer amount of fantastic amenities available, you’ll find it hard to believe just how affordable a stay at the art deco Aspery Hotel is. With prices starting at around SG$70 a night, you’ll get a whole lot of bang for your buck. Just a stone’s throw away from the Patong Beach and bustling night markets, you’ll be surrounded by an assortment of thrilling activities. And after a long day spent exploring the island, you can be completely pampered at the full-service spa, with massage and treatment rooms, take a splash in the outdoor pool or reflect on your adventures as you quench your thirst in the bar. Then simply retire to your room, with understated décor and comfortable furnishings, to kick of your shoes and unwind.

 

Budget Hotels in Phuket

Red Planet Patong is a dashing, colourful hotel, immediately recognisable by its stylishly designed front, which features videogame like red blocks falling from the top and meeting at the bottom. It’s not just a unique, cool look: it also gives the hotel a sense of energy and youthfulness few others, especially at this price range, can match. It’s especially dazzling at night, with its colours lit up like glorious pixelated red flames. Inside is just as well decorated, with simple, stylish, comfortable bedding and furniture. The rooms are a decent size. Although there’s not too many frills here, there’s plenty for the price, which comes in at around SG$50 a night. Location wise, you’re right at the heart of Phuket’s bustling nightlife, close to plenty of shopping options and a short walk from the beach. The service is also excellent, with friendly, helpful staff waiting upon your arrival.

Patong Voyage Place may not be flashy. In fact, picking it out from a crowd may prove a challenge on first impression. Despite this though, it remains one of the absolute best hotels available at this price range. That’s not to say that this is an ugly hotel, far from it. It’s just that it likes to hang back and let its modest good looks charm its visitors. This understated appeal continues into the rooms, which are very large for the cost. The furnishings are also excellent, with comfortable bedding and tasteful seating arrangements, a minibar, cable TV and a safety deposit box. There may be better options at this level in terms of location, but what you lose in locality, you gain in quality here. Plus, it’s not too far out the way: only around a twenty-minute drive from Phuket Town and a ten-minute walk from Patong Beach. There’s also free Wi-Fi and parking, as well as plenty of food and nightlife options around.

The Tint at Phuket Town has a love it or hate it style, which will attract as many fans as it pushes away with it flamboyance. One thing you can’t accuse this budget hotel of though is being boring. If you’re uninterested in affordable accommodations that keep things simple with plain décor, a small bed and a lack of personality, then this might be the cure to your ills. It’s brightly coloured with kaleidoscopic roof tiles and an eye-catching pink clock telling you it’s time for a different kind of low cost hotel. But it’s not all style and no substance, with large rooms and great service, all in an excellent location just a 10-minute walk from Old Phuket Town. The rooms also include a fridge, a flat screen cable TV and air conditioning.

To find accommodation perfect for your budget, tastes and needs, explore the Expedia website further for more hotels in Phuket.

Getting Around Phuket

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The quaint little island of Phuket is one of the easier places to travel around. Most beach resorts are small enough to get by on foot, with plenty of shopping districts and places to eat located nearby to most hotels. However, if you do need to venture out a little further, there’s plenty of ways to get around.

Taxis are a little different here than other areas of Thailand. Metered taxis are quite a rare thing here and flagging one down can take some time. The going rate is usually a flat pick up fare of THB50 and then TH 7 for every kilometre after that. For long journeys however, they may ask for a fixed rate. This is also true of private firms, which are more expensive but generally have better cars.

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Alternatively, you can go for the much loved Tuk Tuks, which might not offer as much in the way of luxury but are a truly unique way of getting around, and are the most common form of transport in Phuket. Unfortunately, despite their somewhat run down appearance, they are actually a rather expensive way to travel. If you do wish to use their services, agree on a price with the driver before setting off. Although, considering they are often double the price of a taxi, you may be better off with the former.

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Other travel options include local busses. These run between 7am to 6pm and are a cheap way of getting around town. Unlike other countries, there’s no set bus stops. You simply tell the driver when you wish to get off. These open top wonders usually come in at under THB50 per trip. However, they are a little unreliable, as there isn’t much structure in terms of when they operate or where you can catch one.

If you are planning to hop on a bus during your visit, a rough guide is that they usually arrive between 20-30 minutes at a time and stop at Big C, Central Festival and Jungceylon Shopping Mall. There’s also three bus terminals in Phuket: one is off Phang Nga Road, one is on Thepkasattri Road and another is on Ranong Road in Old Town. There’s also the airport bus, which leaves from Bus Terminal 1 (Phang Nga Road).

There’s motorbike rentals available across the island too, but this can be very dangerous as insurance is rarely included. Motorbike taxis also come with similar risks.

Best Time to Visit Phuket

With so many beautiful outdoor locations and golden sandy beaches to explore in Phuket, it’s important to carefully plan your trip. The island enjoys a tropical climate, so you will never have to suffer cold weather. However, there is often a heavy downfall of rain throughout the monsoon season, which takes place between mid-May through to October.

For a comfortably cool climate and to avoid heavily humid conditions, book your Phuket holiday between November to February. Temperatures during these months are much more blissful, with the mercury hitting highs of 30°C and sunshine beating down from clear blue skies.

Flights to Phuket

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When flying into Phuket for your holiday, you will land in the Phuket International Airport, which is the third busiest airport in all of Thailand. Located on the north of the island, it is 32 kilometres away from the Phuket City centre. You can therefore travel onto your destination via taxi or vehicle hire after arriving.

There are direct flights available to Phuket International Airport from various airports in Singapore. Six different airlines fly direct from Singapore Changi Airport, offering around 74 flights between the two destinations every week. The average flight time for this 609-mile journey is just 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Now you know the best attractions, beaches, restaurants and hotels that Phuket has to offer, it’s time to begin your tropical island adventure. Browse Expedia to find the very best prices on flights to Phuket.