Phuket

Travel Guide
Phuket - Phang Nga

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.

An island of natural paradise and wild parties, your time on Phuket could just as easily see you riding an elephant as it could dancing the night away in the moonlight.

Measuring some 30 miles in length and 13 miles wide, Phuket is large enough to offer countless things to explore but small enough to provide that all important tropical island feel. Featuring long, uninterrupted stretches of perfect white sand beaches, exquisitely warm azure waters and untouched forests, Phuket offers a true flavour of South East Asia.

The island is more than natural beauty though, thanks to the many luxury hotels, incredible restaurants, hectic markets and crowded dance clubs that attract tourists from all over the world. In Phuket the local saying is ‘mai pen rai’ which means ‘no worries’, which just about sums the place up.

Most of the islands more tourist friendly activities are centred around the western shoreline, and it is here that you’ll find a variety of exceptional beaches ranging from the neon playground of Patong Beach to the more family-friendly Kamala Beach. For even more peace and quiet, slip away to some of the more hidden bays such as Kata Noi or Laem Singh. Both are great places to just sit and relax.

The best way to get around Phuket is by Thailand’s signature tuk tuks. Whilst hiring a car is certainly possible, the lack of parking and occasionally terrifying local driving can make doing so more trouble than it’s worth.

With so much natural beauty in the area, many visitors like to fill their days with active pursuits. From simple hiking along the coast to swimming, snorkelling and surfing, Phuket has something for everyone – including jet skiing and parasailing for the more adventurous.

Hiring a boat is also a good way to spend a day, as is joining a paid cruise to tour the nearby islands. Two clusters are particularly popular due to their being used as settings for famous movies – the Ko Phing Kan islands which starred in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun, and the Phi Phi Islands which are best known as the tropical paradise depicted in 2000’s The Beach.

For a closer look at Thai culture, why not visit the Big Buddha or the Samnak Song Buddhist monastery on Nai Harn Beach? Just remember to dress modestly when planning to visit a religious site. With the day drawing to a close, a late afternoon stroll to Promthep Cape will provide a magnificent view of the setting sun – the perfect end to yet another perfect day on Phuket.

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Where to stay in Phuket

The Besavana Phuket
The Besavana Phuket
3 out of 5
63/3 Krabi Road, Phuket
The price is £20 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in Old Phuket Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Phuket Sunday Night Market, Talad Yai Market and Wat Mongkol Nimit. Phuket Baba Museum and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
"Wonderful staff, great location, and beautiful property. I had a comfortable stay and the place was very clean."

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

The Besavana Phuket
Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel
Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
26 Phuket Road, Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket, Phuket
The price is £30 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Located in Old Phuket Town, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Phuket Trickeye Museum and Phuket Sunday Night Market. Chinpracha House and Khao ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (266 reviews)
"The room is pretty basic. Kind of an old building. Beds were hard, but I enjoyed my sleep:) the building is gorgeous! The staff were super professional and nice. Not a high class bathroom but decent👍 the location is prime. I would stay again:) The front desk is helpful in helping you find or contact ..."

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel
Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra Hotel
Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra Hotel
5 out of 5
40/5 Chanajaroen Road, Tambon Talad Yai, Amphur Muang, Phuket
The price is £52 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Talat Yai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Phuket Sunday Night Market and Saphan Hin Mining Monument. Ratsada Pier and Khao Rang Hill View ...
4.4/5Excellent! (109 reviews)
"Amazing staff and great breakfast spread! Good location (near to two major shopping malls)"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra Hotel
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PEK HOUSE
PEK HOUSE
2 out of 5
15, Hutchana Soi 2/2, Anuphasphuketkarn Rd., A Muang, Phuket, Phuket
The price is £7 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Located in Talat Yai, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Robinson Department Store, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ratsada Pier and Khao Rang Hill View ...
4.1/5Very Good! (19 reviews)
"Ig was amazing"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2020

PEK HOUSE
Daily and Monthly room rental
Daily and Monthly room rental
47 Phang Nga Road Soi 2 Ekkamon Mansion, Muang Phuket, Tambon Taladyai, Phuket, Phuket Province
The price is £37 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Located in Talat Yai, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Phuket Trickeye Museum and Phuket Sunday Night Market. Bangkok Hospital Phuket and ...
Daily and Monthly room rental
Connext Residence
Connext Residence
3 out of 5
9/250 Sakdidet 1 Road, Talad Nua, Phuket, Phuket
The price is £20 per night from 6 Oct to 6 Oct
Located in Talat Nuea, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Suan Luang Park and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Robinson Department Store.
3.5/5Good! (14 reviews)
I hate this place.
"As a hotel guest, you can't even use the gym there? What's the point of staying? Who would be stupid enough to pay 500 Baht extra a day for the stupid gym? Nobodyyyyyyy!!!!!"

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2017

Connext Residence
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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