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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

Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa
Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
284 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
The price is AU$58 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Situated by the sea, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Kalim Beach and Patong Beach. Bangla Road and Jungceylon Shopping Center are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
"Great hotel to relax and beautiful sunset views from the pool."

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2021

Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa
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
The price is AU$97 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Located in Patong, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Merlin Beach and Tri Trang Beach. Freedom Beach and Patong ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (464 reviews)
"Fully parking during i stay on 12/04. I'm not sure you can add it"

Reviewed on 13 Apr. 2021

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort
Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort
5 out of 5
44/5 Moo 8 Sakdidesh Road, Wichit, Phuket
The price is AU$104 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
Located in Wichit, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Phuket Aquarium and Chalong Bay. Phuket Sunday Night Market and Central ...
4.3/5Excellent! (541 reviews)
"Absolutely Perfect! Beautiful and quiet beachfront! The staff are very kind and friendly!"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2021

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort
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Villa Tango With Private Pool, Koh Yao Noi
Villa Tango With Private Pool, Koh Yao Noi
29/24 Moo.5, Koh Yao Noi, Kohyao, District, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
Situated in Ko Yao, this villa is 5.6 mi (9.1 km) from Ao Phang-nga National Park and within 20 miles (32 km) of Ao Nang Beach and Nopparat Thara Beach. West ...
Villa Tango With Private Pool, Koh Yao Noi
Saeng Suree Villas
Saeng Suree Villas
57/9 Moo.4, T. Koh Yao Yai, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
Situated in Ko Yao, this villa is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Koh Kwang Beach.
Saeng Suree Villas
This is a Place Where I Don't Want to Believe it Exists, Like you are in a Novel
This is a Place Where I Don't Want to Believe it Exists, Like you are in a Novel
Ko? Yao? Noi, 1, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
Situated in Ko Yao, this holiday home is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Loh Paret Beach and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from At Lamiya Mosque. Koh Sirey Temple and Fasai Beach are ...
This is a Place Where I Don't Want to Believe it Exists, Like you are in a Novel
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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