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.

Where to stay in Phuket

Old Phuket Town
Old Phuket Town

Old Phuket Town

Known for cafe, museum, friendlyPeople

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Stroll through the quaint town center and capture photos of the exceptional Sino-Portuguese design of the majestic shop houses and museums in this historic district.

Top hotels in Phuket

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
4.5 out of 5
12 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
SG$99
per night
14 Nov-15 Nov

This family-friendly Patong resort is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Patong Boxing Stadium, Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping ...

4.1/5Very Good! (672 reviews)

"I took my daughter to celebrate her 30th birthday and we had a wonderful time .... the birthday decoration in room was well done beautifully ....... we loved it there !"…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov,2019

Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
5 out of 5
14/2 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
SG$151
per night
13 Nov-14 Nov

Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Karon Market and Karon Beach. Kata Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also within 3 miles (5 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,620 reviews)

"Property is a flat 10 min walk to beach but is situated in the hillside away from the business of town. This makes for an oasis. Resort is steep but getting around is easy as they have a shuttle which takes you to your room. They have 5 pools to choose from and any one of them is great. We had a ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov,2019

Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
5 out of 5
8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket
SG$125
per night
17 Nov-18 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 and Tsunami Memorial are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (818 reviews)

"The property is beautiful. The views are amazing. The breakfast is delicious. Ensure you have that included with your room."…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov,2019

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

Popular things to do in Phuket

Bangla Road
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Bangla Road

4/5(203 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. 

Phuket Fantasea
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Phuket Fantasea

4/5(54 reviews)

Experience Thai theater, enjoy a buffet dinner and see a colorful show featuring a magical elephant at this cultural theme park. 

Big Buddha
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Big Buddha

4.5/5(137 reviews)

For a moment of tranquil reflection, visit the Big Buddha, situated around a 30-minute drive outside of Phuket Town.

Promthep Cape
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Promthep Cape

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Head to Phuket’s most photographed location for spectacular views and an unrivalled sunset.

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4/5(145 reviews)

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

Kata Noi Beach
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Kata Noi Beach

4.5/5(104 reviews)

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

Top activities in Phuket

Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with optional Big Buddha
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Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with optional Big Buddha

SG$17

This is the ideal way to be introduced to some of the cultural landmarks, iconic beaches, sites and sounds of Thailand's largest island in just half a day.

Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

SG$18

Discover the cultural landmarks and iconic beaches of stunning Phuket on this half-day introduction to the sights and sounds of Thailand's largest island. Get your bearing as you zip between sun-soaked beaches and striking temples, and keep your camera handy for visits to spectacular lookout points.

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

SG$178

Enjoy an afternoon kayaking in sea caves in Phang Nga Bay with an experienced guide, including limestone caves and hidden lagoons discovered by John Gray in 1989. Eat a delicious seafood buffet and cap off the evening by floating a handmade flower Kratong in a natural light show.

Full-Day Tour of 6 Islands to Phi Phi with Lunch & Barbecue
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Full-Day Tour of 6 Islands to Phi Phi with Lunch & Barbecue

SG$178

Escape the crowds from Phuket and explore stunning snorkeling spots, lagoons and islets framed by tall limestone cliffs. The full-day tour is operated on a speed boat with up to 35 passengers and brings you to 6 unique islands including lunch and BBQ skewers at the pier in the evening.

Phi Phi & Khai Nai Islands Deluxe Full-Day Tour by Speedboat
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Phi Phi & Khai Nai Islands Deluxe Full-Day Tour by Speedboat

SG$120

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in the Phi Phi Islands, a hotspot in Southern Thailand made famous by the movie The Beach. Admire stunning views and the crystal-clear waters of the Maya Bay, enjoy lunch, spot limestone cliffs, and get a chance to go snorkeling.

Private Speed Boat to Phi Phi Islands
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Private Speed Boat to Phi Phi Islands

SG$262

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Boat Lagoon, 22/1, Moo 2, Thepkrasattri Road, Koh Kaew, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000 Thailand Check in at Boat Lagoon for safety information Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Koh Phi Phi Viewpo

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4 ways to get to James Bond Island
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4 ways to get to James Bond Island

Follow the lead of 007 and sail off to the islands surrounding Phuket

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