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Phuket
Travel Guide

Phuket - Phang Nga

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort
4 out of 5
94 Thaveewong Rd, Patong, Phuket
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$53 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Patong, this beachfront resort is connected to a shopping centre and within a 10-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Banzaan Fresh Market ...
4.1/5Very Good! (981 reviews)
I don't recommend during the epidemic season
"I couldn't order food room-service after 8pm. Although I ordered via a delivery app from outer restaurant and had it conveyed, the Manager lookalike person in the reception was saying they don't serve pick-up at the lobby and convey to my room(more than 30m away from the reception to lobby and my ..."

Reviewed on 29 Oct,2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort
Palmyra Patong Resort
Palmyra Patong Resort
4 out of 5
91/3 Rat-U-Thit Rd., Patong, Phuket
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$27 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Paradise Night Market, Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping ...
4.1/5Very Good! (996 reviews)
"Within walking distance to the Patong beach. Breakfast was good and dinner was quite affordable with the restaurant coupon they provided upon check-in."

Reviewed on 29 Oct,2020

Palmyra Patong Resort
Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
18/110 Ruamjai Road, Patong, Phuket
The price is SG$35 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated by the sea, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center and Kalim Beach are also within 2 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (988 reviews)
"Great staff and a short walk to the beach. Many fun things to do in the area!!"

Reviewed on 15 Sep,2020

Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Saeng Suree Villas
Saeng Suree Villas
57/9 Moo.4, T. Koh Yao Yai, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
Situated in Ko Yao, this villa is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Koh Kwang Beach and 9.5 mi (15.3 km) from Fasai Beach.
Saeng Suree Villas
Braya Villa
Braya Villa
57/77 M.4t. Koh Yao Yai, Ko Yao, Phuket
Situated in Ko Yao, this villa is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Koh Kwang Beach and 9.4 mi (15.1 km) from Fasai Beach.
Braya Villa
Villa Tango With Private Pool, Koh Yao Noi
Villa Tango With Private Pool, Koh Yao Noi
29/24 Moo.5, Koh Yao Noi, Kohyao, District, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
Situated in Ko Yao, this villa is 5.6 mi (9.1 km) from Ao Phang-nga National Park and within 20 miles (32 km) of Ao Nang Beach and Nopparat Thara Beach. West ...
Villa Tango With Private Pool, Koh Yao Noi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Phuket

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 51.16279069767442%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.976744186046512%
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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.