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Phuket is a fun-packed island paradise perfect for tropical relaxation and brimming with culture. Go on an elephant safari or party the night away.

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

Old Phuket Town

Old Phuket Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 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

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
5 out of 5
8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket
The price is AU$145 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 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
14 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket
The price is AU$160 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.

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! (999 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
290/1 Prabaramee Rd., Patong, Phuket
The price is AU$40 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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 (273 reviews)

"Good and nice service. They upgrade my room for free too"…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket
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

Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
5 out of 5
239-239/1 Moo 3, Tumbon Mai Khao, Mai Khao, Phuket
The price is AU$203 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 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 AU$617 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 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 AU$279 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 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
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.

Popular places to visit in Phuket

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4/5(238 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

3.5/5(546 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 activities 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

AU$89
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Phi Phi Islands by Ferry with Snorkeling, Lunch & Transfers
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Phi Phi Islands by Ferry with Snorkeling, Lunch & Transfers

AU$76
Per adult
James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
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James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat

AU$84
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with Big Buddha
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Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with Big Buddha

AU$17
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Siam Niramit Dinner Show
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Siam Niramit Dinner Show

AU$67
Per adult
88% 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

AU$57
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Phuket

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4 - Good 66.66666666666667%
3 - Okay
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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