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Phuket

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

Old Phuket Town showing street scenes and outdoor art

Old Phuket Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

Cafes, beaches and historical sites highlight some of the noteworthy features of Old Phuket Town. Make a stop by Phuket Sunday Night Market or Moh Seng Historic House Museum while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Old Phuket Town

Top hotels in Phuket

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
5 out of 5
8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM349 per night

This family-friendly Kamala hotel is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kalim Beach, Patong Beach and Kamala Beach. Bangla Road is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (967 reviews)

"Despite the Covid 19 challenge the staff and management made every effort to make our stay the best it could be. We thoroughly recommended the pool villas, which are fantastic."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
88 Moo 7, Prunai, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
The price is RM176 per night

This Ko Yao resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loh Paret Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Klong Hia Pier and Phang Nga Bay. Ao Phang-nga National ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,208 reviews)

"Stayed here for two weeks during the virus crisis and it was a perfect place to be...very safe and secluded. I enjoyed the food, the staff was wonderful and my room was perfect. I am shocked that some people complained about the service, never once did I have an issue. Yes, the hill is an issue, ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2020

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
5 out of 5

Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Big Buddha are also within 3 miles (5 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)

"Customer Service is key here All staff are forever helpful and attentive to your needs Smiling happy pleasant always A great example of customer service Nothing is too much trouble for them all"…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

Popular places to visit in Phuket

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4/5(185 reviews)

Slow down the pace at this hidden gem that’s perfect for families and as an antidote to its party-loving neighbours.

Bangla Road
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Bangla Road

4/5(264 reviews)

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. 

Top things to do in Phuket

Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with Big Buddha
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Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with Big Buddha

RM53
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
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

RM544
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

RM54
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Simon Cabaret Show Admission
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Simon Cabaret Show Admission

RM124
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
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James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat

RM256
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Half Day Phuket City Tour with Big Buddha & Chalong Temple
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Half Day Phuket City Tour with Big Buddha & Chalong Temple

RM174
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Phuket

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 39.53488372093023%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 51.16279069767442%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.976744186046512%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.3255813953488373%
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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.

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