Phuket

Travel Guide
Phuket - Phang Nga showing general coastal views and a sunset
Phuket’s beaches have made the destination famous around the world, but a rich culture and history mean that the island offers much more than glorious coastline.

Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is known as the “Pearl of the Andaman.” Spend any amount of time on its stunning, golden beaches, framed by dramatic karst stone formations, and you will soon understand how it gained this nickname. Travel away from the coast to discover the lesser-seen attractions and religious sites that further add to the island’s appeal.

The industries of Phuket have changed throughout the centuries. In the era of seafaring and trade, the island was used as a port to shelter from bad weather, while in the 19th century it made its money from tin mining. Come to Phuket today to discover an island that is thriving on the tourism industry. The Phuket Thaihua Museum in Phuket Town features English-language exhibits on the island’s history.

Head to one of the island’s numerous beaches and spend hours soaking up the sun or swimming in seas of perfect aquamarine. Bang Tao Beach is a 5-mile (8-kilometer) beauty that is popular with families seeking calm seas. Patong Beach is famed for its raucous nightlife and constant partying. Head to Nai Thon Beach and Mai Khao Beach for stretches of sand unspoiled by modern developments.

Reach for the skies on a paragliding expedition or ride a wooden long boat around the coastline. Don a pair of goggles and flippers and plunge underwater on an offshore scuba diving expedition.

Take a tuk-tuk ride inland to see some of Phuket’s impressive religious sites. The simply named Big Buddha lives up to its title, looming 148 feet (45 meters) above Nakkerd Hills. Enjoy a moment of peace by Wat Chalong, a picturesque temple that contains 36 carvings of Buddha.

Phuket can be reached via domestic flights from Bangkok or by long-distance buses from major cities in Thailand. Monsoon season, between June and October, sees fewer tourists visiting the island but makes the seas less inviting. Visit Phuket between November and February for the best beach weather and to join throngs of other visitors to the spectacular coastline.

Where to stay in Phuket

Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa
Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
284 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket, 83150
The price is RM248 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Patong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (999 reviews)
"The customer service was excellent especially Yuki at the receptionist staff. Great staff and a really enjoyable Hotel."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town
Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town
4 out of 5
1 Soi Surin Montri Road, Phuket, Phuket, 83000
The price is RM263 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Phuket. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"Overall pretty good. Th"

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2022

Phuket Graceland Resort And Spa
Phuket Graceland Resort And Spa
4.5 out of 5
190 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket, 83150
The price is RM268 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Patong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms in their ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (997 reviews)
"Amazing stuff I’ll be back for my next trip to Graceland"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2022

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.
Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
5 out of 5
239-239/1 Moo 3, Tumbon Mai Khao, Mai Khao, Phuket, 83110
Stay at this 5-star luxury villa in Mai Khao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (134 reviews)
Great escape
"It was great property. The staff members were very friendly and helpful. It has convenient store 7/11. The food was tasty as well."

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2022

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
5 out of 5
168 Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4, Choeng Thale, Phuket, 83110
Stay at this 5-star luxury villa in Choeng Thale. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (382 reviews)
"Great place, it’s just a bit isolated."

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2022

The Senses Pool Villas
The Senses Pool Villas
4.5 out of 5
111/7 Nanai Road, Patong, Phuket, 83150
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury villa in Patong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (38 reviews)
"Everyone is so kind"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2022

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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