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Surrounded by the clear waters of the Andaman Sea, Phuket is home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful sites. Popular beaches, startling rainforests, and mountainous landscapes are all waiting for you. Alongside the dazzling great outdoors, the capital Phuket City is a cultural hub, with a range of art galleries, museums and tours available.
Patong beach resort caters to those looking for more energetic fun. Hundreds of bars, restaurants and clubs lighting up the city by night, and visitors lap up the sunshine by day at Phuket’s most popular beach. There is a fantastic range of Patong Beach Hotels, meaning you are never too far from the action. Being the biggest island in Thailand at almost 35 miles long, it barely feels like an island at all. Due to its size and the endless attractions available, hiring a car is best way to see it all.
Phuket Airport is the second busiest international airport in Thailand and is located 18 miles from Phuket Town. From the airport there are various transport options available to reach your destination. These include shared minibuses, taxis, and the public bus service. But if you're looking to visit multiple areas during your stay, private car hire is much more convenient.
There are a number of car hire companies operating from Phuket Airport including Hertz, Avis, Budget and Sixt. All have desks in the Arrivals area of the airport. As car hire is a very popular way to explore the island, it is advisable to book in advance.
If you are new to driving in Thailand, it’s important to take care as it can be quite different to driving in the West. Roads cater not only to cars and public transport, but also to high volumes of tuk-tuks, songthaew, motorbikes, mopeds and taxis. Petrol stations can be found at regular intervals across the country and are clearly signposted.
To experience the diverse landscapes and spectacular views of Phuket, there are a number of scenic routes to take. Discover the diverse landscapes and dramatic coastline and head up to the Phang Nga Province. The drive from Phuket City to Phang Nga takes you 56 miles north. Enjoy the stunning coastal views of Sirinat National Park where you can stop to witness the sea turtles patrolling the reef. See across the Sarasin Bridge to the mainland, and glimpse the edges of Ao Phang Nga National Park in southern Thailand. For a shorter but equally beautiful trip, head south of Phuket City to the more laid-back region of Rawai, where you can enjoy spectacular sunsets and true Thai culture.
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