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
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Old Phuket Town

cafe, museum, friendlyPeople

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
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Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
88 Moo 7, Prunai, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
SG$83
per night
19 Sep-20 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,988 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Yao resort is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Loh Paret Beach.

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,988 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 11 Sep,2019

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
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Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
5 out of 5
14/2 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
SG$92
per night
18 Sep-19 Sep
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,555 reviews)

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! (1,555 reviews)

"Pretty, clean and good area. Staff are very friendly and the food is amazing"…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep,2019

Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
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Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort
5 out of 5
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,166 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Choeng Thale hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Boat Avenue Mall Phuket, Bang Tao Beach and Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Bang-Tao Night Market ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,166 reviews)

"Wonderful place to stay in Phuket! Spa needs more choices"…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep,2019

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

Popular things to do in Phuket

Bangla Road
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Bangla Road

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

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

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

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

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

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

Kata Noi Beach
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Kata Noi Beach

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 tour has only recently been designed and put on sale and is already getting fabulous feedback. It is actually an extended version of the Phuket Island Guided Tour, as this tour is including a stop at the Big Buddha (if chosen) and has a duration from 4 - 5 1/2 hours.

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$119

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.

Phi Phi Early Bird - Sunrise
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Phi Phi Early Bird - Sunrise

SG$177

Arrive at Phi Phi Island early and avoid the crowds. Start your day early, around 5:15am - 5:30am, you will be picked up from your hotel in Phuket and transfer to the Royal Phuket Marina (the nicest pier 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

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

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