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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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Where to stay in Phuket

Top hotels in Phuket

The Shore at Katathani
The Shore at Katathani
5 out of 5
14 Kata Noi Rd., Muang, Karon, Phuket
The price is SG$363 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking, Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Big Buddha ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (582 reviews)
Amazing

"Excellent service! Beautifully decorated villa with amazing views. Will be back again!"…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct,2020

The Shore at Katathani
The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket
The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket
5 out of 5
21/4 Moo 1 A.Muang, Ratsada, Phuket
The price is SG$86 per night from 22 Mar to 23 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Ratsada, this beachfront resort is in the city centre, 5.6 mi (9 km) from Bangkok Hospital Phuket, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Chalong Temple and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (667 reviews)

"I like the view from the room. Due to Covid, facilities are not fully open now. But staff were all excellent."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct,2020

The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket
The Bloc Hotel
The Bloc Hotel
4 out of 5
162/4 Thaveewong Road, Patong, Phuket
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Situated on the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Karon Beach and Kamala Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

4.2/5Very Good! (498 reviews)

"We had the perfect experience of Phuket. The location is by everything! The beach, restaurant, shopping etc. The rooftop view was the cherry and the staff is so friendly!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar,2020

The Bloc Hotel
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Holiday Rentals in Phuket

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
5 out of 5
168 Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4, Choeng Thale, Phuket
The price is SG$211 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Choeng Thale, this beachfront villa is next to a golf course, 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Laguna Phuket Golf Club, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Surin Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (368 reviews)

"Our stay at the property was an incredible experience. The private pool villa, housekeeping service, room amenities etc. were amazing and the property is right on the beach which made our stay memorable. You can enjoy the tide in and the tide out walk on the beach. Kayaking, paddle boarding and various ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar,2020

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
6th Avenue Surin Beach
6th Avenue Surin Beach
4 out of 5
The price is SG$28 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

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
The View Phuket
The View Phuket
4 out of 5
78/7 Patak Road, Karon, Phuket
The price is SG$178 per night from 25 Feb to 26 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Karon villa is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Karon Beach, Big Buddha and Kata Noi Beach. Chalong Temple and Patong Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (106 reviews)
The Perfect Stay

"i booked the hotel for my proposal and the staff helped with the decorations. they also prepared a cake for my girlfriend's birthday. we could also get to the various attractions nearby and back by getting the hotel to ferry us using their shuttle bus."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb,2020

The View Phuket
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