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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.

Thailand’s largest island is blessed with natural beauty. It’s surrounded by stretches of white sand beaches, warm turquoise water and untouched forests. Although only 48 kilometres long and 21 kilometres wide, it is home to luxury hotels, world-class restaurants, rustic markets and crowded dance clubs. You’ll discover a very diverse culture where orange-robed monks cross the street next to well-heeled businessmen.

Phuket is nestled in the Andaman Sea off Thailand’s southern Indian Ocean coastline. Activity on the island is centred round the western shoreline. Head towards the neon-lit Patong Beach if you’re looking for dance clubs and a party atmosphere. For a family-friendly beach, Kamala Beach is a much quieter place to spend some time.

Active travellers will love the water sports on offer, both above and below the waves. The island is blessed with natural resources and there’s equipment for hire, so you can try your hand at swimming, snorkelling, diving, jet-skiing, parasailing and surfing, whether you’re an expert or a novice. For adventures on dry land, hike along the coast or explore deserted islands that are only accessible by boat or kayak. At Ao Phang Nga National Park, hire a private boat or join a tour to cruise around the stunning limestone formations rising from the water. Many of the islands around Phuket will be familiar to visitors having starred in various well-known films, and the National Park’s most famous feature is Ko Phing Kan, sometimes known as “James Bond Island” after its appearance in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun. The Phi Phi Islands were the backdrop for the 2000 film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

After a busy activity-filled day, or if you just feel like winding down, there’s no better way to spend some time in Phuket than to stretch out in a hammock and relax. Escape to hidden bays such as Laem Singh or Kata Noi for peace and quiet, or treat yourself to a waterside massage at one of the shacks dotted along the island’s beaches. Search for tranquillity and inner calm beneath the Big Buddha or at the Nai Harn Beach Samnak Song Buddhist monastery. In the late afternoon, head to Promthep Cape to watch a magical sunset.

Phuket is hot and humid all year round. The high season is during the cooler months, between November and May. The wet season is from May to October.

Phuket Travel Guide Video

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 AU$56 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 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 AU$350 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.

Holiday 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 AU$207 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

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 AU$326 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.

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.

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Reviews of Phuket

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4/5 - Good

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24 Jan. 2020

Better than expected though Thailand not so cheap anymore

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Jan. 2020

Overall quite expensive compared to bali and not as nice. We found a local art gallery witth woodcuts we liked but he gave us different prices when we went back the second time and we felt most places just randomly give prices.

5/5 - Excellent

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21 Nov. 2019

Very beautiful area of Thailand.

4/5 - Good

Bec

18 Jun. 2019

Great place to visit. The people are very friendly and the scenery is amazing

2/5 - Disappointing

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4 Jun. 2019

I don’t like Phuket so only stayed one night and traveled to Ko Lanta and Krabi...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Apr. 2019

Old town is a must if you love culture and food

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