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Phuket
Travel Guide

Phuket offers tropical relaxation, culture and fun. Ride an elephant or party until dawn in Patong, cruise the islands of Phang Nga Bay or explore Old Phuket Town.

Thailand’s largest island is a natural paradise, with long stretches of white sand beaches, warm turquoise water and untouched forests. You’ll also find luxury hotels, world-class restaurants, ramshackle markets and crowded dance clubs to explore. It’s a diverse culture where orange-robed monks cross the street beside well-heeled businessmen. The local saying “mai pen rai”, meaning “no worries”, sums up just about every facet of life.

Phuket, just 30 miles (48 kilometers) long and 13 miles (21 kilometers) wide, is nestled in the Andaman Sea off Thailand’s southern Indian Ocean coastline. The western shoreline is the island’s center of activity. Here you’ll find a variety of beaches and villages, from the neon lights and dance clubs of Patong Beach to the quieter, family-friendly Kamala Beach.

Active travelers can fill their days with water sports: swim, snorkel or dive;, jet-ski, parasail or surf. Hike along the coast, or explore deserted islands only accessible by boat or kayak. At Ao Phang Nga National Park, hire a private boat or join a paid tour to cruise around the stunning limestone formations rising from the water. The most famous of these cluster of islands is Ko Phing Kan, sometimes known as "James Bond Island" because it appeared in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun. The Phi Phi Islands were used as the set for the 2000 film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Sometimes the best thing to do in Phuket is to stretch out in a hammock and relax. Escape to hidden bays such as Laem Singh or Kata Noi for peace and quiet, or indulge in a waterside massage at shacks dotted along any one of the island’s beaches. Find tranquility beneath the Big Buddha, or at the Nai Harn Beach Samnak Song Buddhist monastery. In the late afternoon, head to Promthep Cape for an uninterrupted view of the setting sun.

Tuk-tuk, taxi or hired bicycle are the easiest ways to navigate the island. Drive a car and you will have to battle it out for limited parking spaces during the high tourist season.

Phuket is hot and humid year-round. The high season is during the cooler months, November though May. The wet season is May through October.

Where to stay in Phuket

Top hotels in Phuket

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
555, Moo 3, Talang, Mai Khao, Phuket
The price is HK$535 per night from 23 Mar to 24 Mar

Located in Mai Khao, this beachfront resort is in a national park and within 2 mi (3 km) of Mai Khao Beach and Turtle Village. Splash Jungle Water Park and Blue ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (605 reviews)

"Nice property and quiet area but far from town and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2020

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
The Shore at Katathani
The Shore at Katathani
5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,773 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking, Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Big Buddha ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (583 reviews)

"My cousins and I stayed for my 40th birthday from the US. The hotel and staff were great. One thing to think about is the payment method. They accepted my form of payment for holding but could not accept it for payment. Luckily I had that kind of cash I could transfer. That could have been bad. If ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2021

The Shore at Katathani
Patong Resort
Patong Resort
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$235 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

This family-friendly Patong hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Jungceylon Shopping Center, Bangla Road and Patong Beach. Freedom ...

4/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"Property was so clean and everyone was so friendly . Will definitely stay here again"…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2020

Patong 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.

Holiday Rentals in Phuket

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 HK$1,032 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar

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
6th Avenue Surin Beach
6th Avenue Surin Beach
4 out of 5
The price is HK$136 per night from 13 Mar to 14 Mar

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bang Tao Beach and Surin Beach. Kamala Beach and Phuket Fantasea are also within 3 miles ...

4.3/5Excellent! (191 reviews)
Great stay at 6th Ave Surin Beach

"Great staff, service and hotel overall!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

6th Avenue Surin Beach
The View Phuket
The View Phuket
4 out of 5
The price is HK$870 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

This family-friendly Karon villa is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Karon Beach, Big Buddha and Kata Noi Beach. Chalong Temple and Patong Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (106 reviews)
The Perfect Stay

"i booked the hotel for my proposal and the staff helped with the decorations. they also prepared a cake for my girlfriend's birthday. we could also get to the various attractions nearby and back by getting the hotel to ferry us using their shuttle bus."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

The View 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.

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