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Considered by many as one of the finest tropical destinations on earth, Phuket is the largest of Thailand’s islands nestled in the Andaman Sea just off Thailand’s Indian Ocean 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.

Phuket Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Phuket

Old Phuket Town

Old Phuket Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 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
Ban Saiyuan, Thailand

Ban Saiyuan

3/5(4 area reviews)

Some popular features of Ban Saiyuan (1) include its seaside views and spas. If you're in the mood to explore farther, Rawai Beach or Chalong Pier are worth checking out in the surrounding nearby area.

Ban Saiyuan
Phuket - Phang Nga featuring landscape views, boating and a sandy beach

Talat Yai

4/5Very Good!(37 area reviews)

Unique features of Talat Yai include the historical sites and spas. Make a stop by Phuket Trickeye Museum or Robinson Department Store while you're exploring the area.

Talat Yai
Nanai Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Nanai Road

4/5Very Good!(26 area reviews)

Seaside views and bars are some things travellers note about Nanai Road. Check out Jungceylon Shopping Center or Bangla Road while you're familiarising yourself with the larger area.

Nanai Road
Old Phuket Town

Talat Nuea

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

Unique features of Talat Nuea include the coffee shops and historical sites. Make a stop by Phuket Sunday Night Market or Jui Tui Shrine while you're exploring the area.

Talat Nuea

Top hotels in Phuket

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
5 out of 5
8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket
The price is £56 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

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 £110 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

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! (998 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 £13 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

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 (271 reviews)
Positive experience

"Good experience. Good value for the money. Only negative was the hotel is on a hillside, so going from room to streetside was tiring. Could use free hotel provided transport, but hated to constantly bother them."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket

Top Holiday Rentals in Phuket

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 £113 per night from 30 Sep to 1 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 £267 per night from 30 Sep to 1 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 £155 per night from 30 Sep to 1 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

Popular places to visit in Phuket

Patong Beach
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Patong Beach

4/5(306 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Patong Beach, a popular beach in Patong. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Karon Beach
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Karon Beach

4.5/5(235 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Karon Beach, a popular beach in Karon. Amble around this quaint area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4/5(185 reviews)

Offering a slower, family-friendly alternative to its party-loving neighbors, this beach is something of a hidden gem.

Bang Tao Beach
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Bang Tao Beach

4/5(159 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Bang Tao Beach, a popular beach in Choeng Thale. While in this romantic area, find time to visit its spas.

Bangla Road
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Bangla Road

4/5(264 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. 

Surin Beach
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Surin Beach

4.5/5(83 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Surin Beach, a popular beach in Choeng Thale. While in this relaxing area, find time to visit its spas.

Top things to do 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

£62
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
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James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat

£47
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

£15
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with Big Buddha
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Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with Big Buddha

£10
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Siam Niramit Dinner Show
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Siam Niramit Dinner Show

£37
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

£32
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Phuket

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
17
5 - Excellent 39.53488372093023%
4 - Good
22
4 - Good 51.16279069767442%
3 - Okay
3
3 - Okay 6.976744186046512%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 2.3255813953488373%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

If you want great food, stay in Phuket Old Town.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

Phuket Island and beaches have a lot of tourists, but in the Phuket Old town you can at least get a sense of of local history and culture, which I prefer.

5/5 - Excellent

Cam

28 Nov 2019

Lots of small shops and great eats. Very unique architecture

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

Nice place for family traveling

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Nov 2019

Phuket town is ok for a day trip or 1 night

4/5 - Good

Molly

19 Aug 2019

If you want to book a tour to phi phi island or see the show. Check the price. As the phi phi tour I booked costs 2300 baht per person. It costs between 1000-3500 baht per person depends on who & where you booked! Taxi in Phuket is VERY expensive.

Cities near Phuket

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Thai Mueang

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Koh He

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