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Phuket Travel Guide

Cast away your worries and indulge on the pure shores of Thailand’s largest island.

Nestled in the south-west of the country on Thailand’s Andaman Coast, Phuket draws tourists from around the globe. Famed for its hedonistic nightlife and its world-class tropical beaches, Phuket is a favourite among party-goers, honeymooners and families alike. There truly is something for everyone on the island of Phuket.

The island itself is only 48 kilometres long and 21 kilometres wide. Phuket’s south-west coast pulls in the biggest crowds. Numerous stretches of pristine sand nestled against crystal-clear waters compete for the title of Phuket’s most beautiful beach. Patong Beach has bright neon lights and all-night parties and Kamala Beach is a more tranquil spot, perfect for families.

Most of the activities on offer in Phuket are based around water. Take a boat trip to James Bond Island. At Ao Phang Nga National Park, see the stunning limestone formations rising up from the waters from the comfort of a private charter boat or as part of a paid tour. The beautiful Phi Phi Islands were the chosen location for the 2000 film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and have so much to offer beneath the surface, with premier snorkelling and diving.

When it all gets too much, there’s nothing better than stretching out in a hammock and having a nap or just watching the world go by. Escape to hidden bays such as Laem Singh or Kata Noi for total tranquillity, or treat yourself to a massage at one of the small shacks dotted the beaches. Sit and reflect beneath the Big Buddha, or spend some time at the Nai Harn Beach Samnak Song Buddhist monastery. Head to Promthep Cape early evening and watch the breath-taking spectacle of the sun going down.

The north of the island is typically very quiet. As an alternative to the numerous beach destinations Phuket has to offer, why not take a trip to the Khao Phra Thaew forest reserve to visit the idyllic Bang Pae waterfalls. While there a visit to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre is a must for animal lovers, who can sip a cold drink in one of the shacks while listening to the gibbons sing to each other.

The high season runs from November to March, when temperatures are luxuriously warm and there is little rain to interrupt hours of lounging on the beach or in a hammock. This does mean larger crowds however, so those seeking a quieter experience may wish to consider travelling between April and October.


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Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa SG$83
Reviewed on 11 Sep,2019
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Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa

88 Moo 7, Prunai, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
     
    4.5 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    A very unique place and large resort located in a beautifully hidden island.

    Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach SG$92
    Reviewed on 17 Sep,2019
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    Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach

    Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach

    14/2 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
       
      4.6 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This was a beautiful “Tropical Spa Type Resort” with Amazing service!

      Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort
      Reviewed on 17 Sep,2019
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      Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

      Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

         
        4.6 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Excellent staff! Best Oceanfront and great food! We love everything about this place and we will definitely stay here again!

        Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket SG$66
        Reviewed on 2 Sep,2019
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        Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket

        Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket

        12 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great hotel with a great location. Highly recommended

          Amari Phuket SG$168
          Reviewed on 17 Sep,2019
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          Amari Phuket

          Amari Phuket

          2 Meun-ngern Road, Patong, Phuket
             
            4.6 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Beautiful! Friendly helpful staff. Clean and comfortable rooms with an Ocean view. Comfortable bed with pillow menu. Private beaches. I certainly 100% recommend this place and will be back.

            Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket SG$131
            Reviewed on 7 Sep,2019
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            Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket

            Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket

            509 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
               
              4.3 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Staff were all very polite and warm. They even prepared a birthday cake for my girlfriend's birthday, and made it special for our room. Despite the size of the resort, buggy rides are available upon request. Will definitely come back again!

              Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay SG$90
              Reviewed on 14 Sep,2019
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              Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

              Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

              8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket
                 
                4.4 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                I really loved our pool room. Some times frustrating while herting ready and room isnt cleaned till 4pm and only given very small amount of toilet roll... The hotel its self is lovely but very expensive for food and drink when there is plenty of little restaurants in walkin distance. The free shuttle ...

                Grand Mercure Phuket Patong SG$111
                Reviewed on 12 Sep,2019
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                Grand Mercure Phuket Patong

                Grand Mercure Phuket Patong

                1 Soi Ratuthit 200 Pi 2 Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Love the breakfast buffet. Walking distance to Patong beach and Jungceylon Mall.

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