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Phuket offers tropical relaxation, culture and fun. Ride an elephant or party until dawn in Patong, cruise the islands of Phang Nga Bay or explore Old Phuket Town.

Thailand’s largest island is a natural paradise, with long stretches of white sand beaches, warm turquoise water and untouched forests. You’ll also find luxury hotels, world-class restaurants, ramshackle markets and crowded dance clubs to explore. It’s a diverse culture where orange-robed monks cross the street beside well-heeled businessmen. The local saying “mai pen rai”, meaning “no worries”, sums up just about every facet of life.

Phuket, just 30 miles (48 kilometers) long and 13 miles (21 kilometers) wide, is nestled in the Andaman Sea off Thailand’s southern Indian Ocean coastline. The western shoreline is the island’s center of activity. Here you’ll find a variety of beaches and villages, from the neon lights and dance clubs of Patong Beach to the quieter, family-friendly Kamala Beach.

Active travelers can fill their days with water sports: swim, snorkel or dive;, jet-ski, parasail or surf. Hike along the coast, or explore deserted islands only accessible by boat or kayak. At Ao Phang Nga National Park, hire a private boat or join a paid tour to cruise around the stunning limestone formations rising from the water. The most famous of these cluster of islands is Ko Phing Kan, sometimes known as "James Bond Island" because it appeared in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun. The Phi Phi Islands were used as the set for the 2000 film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Sometimes the best thing to do in Phuket is to stretch out in a hammock and relax. Escape to hidden bays such as Laem Singh or Kata Noi for peace and quiet, or indulge in a waterside massage at shacks dotted along any one of the island’s beaches. Find tranquility beneath the Big Buddha, or at the Nai Harn Beach Samnak Song Buddhist monastery. In the late afternoon, head to Promthep Cape for an uninterrupted view of the setting sun.

Tuk-tuk, taxi or hired bicycle are the easiest ways to navigate the island. Drive a car and you will have to battle it out for limited parking spaces during the high tourist season.

Phuket is hot and humid year-round. The high season is during the cooler months, November though May. The wet season is May through October.

Where to stay in Phuket

Top hotels in Phuket

Grand Mercure Phuket Patong
Grand Mercure Phuket Patong
5 out of 5
1 Soi Ratuthit 200 Pi 2 Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
The price is RM148 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb

This family-friendly Patong resort is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Patong Beach, Bangla Road and Jungceylon Shopping Center. Karon Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"บริการดีมาก อาหารเช้าอร่อยและหลากหลาย good location"…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2020

Grand Mercure Phuket Patong
The Shore at Katathani
The Shore at Katathani
5 out of 5
14 Kata Noi Rd., Muang, Karon, Phuket
The price is RM920 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

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! (580 reviews)
Amazing

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

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2020

The Shore at Katathani
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
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.

Vacation Rentals in Phuket

Ka Villa Rawai Amazing 3-Bedroom Property
Ka Villa Rawai Amazing 3-Bedroom Property
4 out of 5
Soi Laem Ka Yai, Rawai, Phuket

Situated near the beach, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Chalong Bay and Rawai Beach. Nai Harn Beach and Promthep Cape are also within 3 miles (5 ...

Ka Villa Rawai Amazing 3-Bedroom Property
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 RM546 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

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
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
5 out of 5
888 Moo 3, Thalang, Mai Khao, Phuket
The price is RM854 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan

Located in Mai Khao, this beachfront villa is in a national park and within a 5-minute walk of Turtle Village and Mai Khao Beach. Splash Jungle Water Park and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (392 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful and friendly, the room was superb and very clean, the resort was excellent and just perfect for a break away from hustle"…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
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.

Popular places to visit in Phuket

Top things to do in Phuket

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.