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Phuket

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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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

Top hotels in Phuket

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Charm Resort Phuket
The Charm Resort Phuket
4 out of 5
212 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket

This family-friendly Patong resort is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center and Tri Trang Beach ...

4/5Very Good! (1,722 reviews)

"Good experience overall. The pool was great! Breakfast was good. Staff was polite and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb,2020

The Charm Resort Phuket
The Nature Phuket
The Nature Phuket
5 out of 5
322 Prabaramee Road, North Patong Beach, Kathu, Patong, Phuket

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (194 reviews)

"There are three pools, one overlooks the main road into town and the beach, we liked the glass pool wall that overlooked the beach and road. Another pool was great for our daughter with a slide and other water fun. The spa was nice and the hotel is a nice distance from Patong Beach night scene which ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb,2020

The Nature Phuket
Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa
Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
284 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket

Located in Patong, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Kalim Beach and Patong Beach. Bangla Road and Jungceylon ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,581 reviews)

"My friend and I really liked this place. We enjoyed the hotel and how close it was the night market. I would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 2 May,2020

Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa

Popular places to visit in Phuket

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4/5(185 reviews)

Head to Kamala Beach for a truly relaxing experience – just don’t tell everyone!

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. 

Kata Noi Beach
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Kata Noi Beach

4.5/5(137 reviews)

Spend a day soaking up the sun in peace on Phuket’s hidden gem.

Top things to do in Phuket

John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Kayaking & Loy Krathong Floating
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John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Kayaking & Loy Krathong Floating

98% of travellers recommend
SG$176
Per adult
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with Big Buddha Options
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Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with Big Buddha Options

86% of travellers recommend
SG$17
Per adult
Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

78% of travellers recommend
SG$18
Per adult
Phi Phi Early Bird - Sunrise
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Phi Phi Early Bird - Sunrise

90% of travellers recommend
SG$171
Per adult
Simon Cabaret Show Admission
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Simon Cabaret Show Admission

86% of travellers recommend
SG$40
Per adult
James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
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James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat

84% of travellers recommend
SG$85
Per adult

Reviews of Phuket

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 39.53488372093023%
4 - Good
22
4 - Good 51.16279069767442%
3 - Okay
3
3 - Okay 6.976744186046512%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.3255813953488373%
1 - Terrible
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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

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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24 hours of fun in Phuket

Relishing a long layover on Thailand’s largest island
24 hours of fun in Phuket
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4 ways to get to James Bond Island

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4 ways to get to James Bond Island

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