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Phuket
Travel Guide

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.

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.

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Where to stay in Phuket

Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
18/110 Ruamjai Road, Patong, Phuket
The price is AU$32 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
Situated by the sea, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center and Kalim Beach are also within 2 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (988 reviews)
"Great staff and a short walk to the beach. Many fun things to do in the area!!"

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2020

Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort
4 out of 5
94 Thaveewong Rd, Patong, Phuket
The price is AU$57 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
Located in Patong, this beachfront resort is connected to a shopping centre and within a 10-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Banzaan Fresh Market ...
4.1/5Very Good! (980 reviews)
I don't recommend during the epidemic season
"I couldn't order food room-service after 8pm. Although I ordered via a delivery app from outer restaurant and had it conveyed, the Manager lookalike person in the reception was saying they don't serve pick-up at the lobby and convey to my room(more than 30m away from the reception to lobby and my ..."

Reviewed on 29 Oct. 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort
Phuket Siray Hut Resort
Phuket Siray Hut Resort
2.5 out of 5
25 Moo 1, Thepprathan Road, Amphur Muang, Ratsada, Phuket
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Situated in Ratsada, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Koh Sirey Temple and Ratsada Pier. Phuket Trickeye Museum and Phuket Sunday Night Market are also within ...
2.8/5 (8 reviews)
Worst place we stayed
"Booker this hotel as a 1 night quick stop as it's close to the pier to get to phi phi. If coming from the airport don't expect anyone to know where it is, we took a taxi which we had no choice to at 2am which was 700baht They didn't know where it was and we spent 2 hours in the taxi driving around ..."

Reviewed on 12 Nov. 2016

Phuket Siray Hut Resort
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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$239 per night from 24 Apr. to 25 Apr.
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! (370 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
6th Avenue Surin Beach
6th Avenue Surin Beach
4 out of 5
The price is AU$26 per night from 8 May to 9 May
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bang Tao Beach and Surin Beach. Kamala Beach and Phuket Fantasea are also within 3 miles ...
4.3/5Excellent! (192 reviews)
Great stay at 6th Ave Surin Beach
"Great staff, service and hotel overall!"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2020

6th Avenue Surin Beach
The Senses Pool Villas
The Senses Pool Villas
4.5 out of 5
111/7 Nanai Road, Patong, Phuket
The price is AU$246 per night from 24 Apr. to 25 Apr.
Located in Nanai Road, this luxury villa is within a 15-minute walk of Banzaan Fresh Market, Jungceylon Shopping Center and Bangla Road. Patong Beach and Freedom ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (32 reviews)
"I love this resort, booked pool villa for our stay, friendly staff. My only suggestion is to add a makeup mirror in the room. That would be perfect!"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2019

The Senses Pool 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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4/5 - Good

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24 Jan. 2020

Better than expected though Thailand not so cheap anymore

4/5 - Good

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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

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4 Jun. 2019

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

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17 Apr. 2019

Old town is a must if you love culture and food

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