Phuket

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Phuket
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

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 AU$97 per night from 8 Jul. to 9 Jul.
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (27 reviews)
"staff very nice , breakfeast buffet awesome , room confortable with large tv , very modern fitness room , large swimming pool"

Reviewed on 6 Apr. 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town
Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra Hotel
Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra Hotel
5 out of 5
40/5 Chanajaroen Road, Tambon Talad Yai, Amphur Muang, Phuket, 83000
The price is AU$107 per night from 7 Jul. to 8 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Phuket. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (118 reviews)
"Very nice hotel in Phuket downtown."

Reviewed on 10 Feb. 2022

Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra Hotel
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
5 out of 5
99 Muen-Ngoen Road, Tri-Trang Beach, Patong, Phuket, 83150
The price is AU$194 per night from 13 Jul. to 14 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Patong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (518 reviews)
"Best place for family with kids. Everything in house. love it."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2022

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
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.
Pek House
Pek House
2 out of 5
15, Hutchana Soi 2/2, Anuphasphuketkarn Rd., A Muang, Phuket, Phuket, 83000
The price is AU$12 per night from 8 Jul. to 9 Jul.
Stay at this apartment in Phuket. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (19 reviews)
"Ig was amazing"

Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2020

Pek House
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
5 out of 5
168 Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4, Choeng Thale, Phuket, 83110
The price is AU$454 per night from 2 Aug. to 3 Aug.
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! (378 reviews)
"Probably the most beautiful hotel in Phuket"

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2022

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, 83110
The price is AU$545 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury villa in Mai Khao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (398 reviews)
"Great service & high level of hospitality.. thank you"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

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.

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