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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

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
The price is RM252 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

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! (968 reviews)

"Excellent hotel!! Me and my partner came here for our two year anniversary, we had an ocean from suite with our private pool. In our original room we had issue with hot water, the front desk relocated us immediately to our liking of the room. She had a driver drive my partner to check our few suites ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2020

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
5 out of 5
The price is RM494 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

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
Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket
Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket
4 out of 5
The price is RM60 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

Situated on the beach, this spa resort is within a 5-minute walk of Kalim Beach and Patong Beach. Bangla Road and Jungceylon Shopping Center are also within ...

3.4/5 (271 reviews)
Positive experience

"Good experience. Good value for the money. Only negative was the hotel is on a hillside, so going from room to streetside was tiring. Could use free hotel provided transport, but hated to constantly bother them."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket

Vacation Rentals in Phuket

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
5 out of 5
The price is RM504 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Located in Mai Khao, this beachfront villa is connected to a shopping centre and within a 5-minute walk of Turtle Village and Mai Khao Beach. Yacht Haven Marina ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (89 reviews)

"Staff are friendly and helpful, room is spacious with fabulous decoration and also very clean and tidy. Hotel is located at a quiet place with excellent environment. A very great place for vacation."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
5 out of 5
888 Moo 3, Thalang, Mai Khao, Phuket
The price is RM1,533 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

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
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 RM692 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

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

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

Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch
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Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch

RM269
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

RM53
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with Big Buddha
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Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with Big Buddha

RM52
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Siam Niramit Dinner Show
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Siam Niramit Dinner Show

RM202
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Private Customized Phuket Tour with Driver
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Private Customized Phuket Tour with Driver

RM350
Per adult
90% 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

RM170
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Phuket

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
17
5 - Excellent 39.53488372093023%
4 - Good
22
4 - Good 51.16279069767442%
3 - Okay
3
3 - Okay 6.976744186046512%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 2.3255813953488373%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

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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Laem Singh Beach showing tropical scenes, landscape views and rugged coastline

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