Phuket

Travel Guide
Phuket - Phang Nga showing a sunset and general coastal views

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

Baan Suwantawe - SHA Extra Plus
Baan Suwantawe - SHA Extra Plus
3 out of 5
1/9-10 Dibuk Rd., Phuket, Phuket, 83000
The price is HK$153 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Phuket. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (258 reviews)
"Super nice and friendly staff. I strained my foot just before arriving and they took really good care of me. Even gave me sticks."

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Baan Suwantawe - SHA Extra Plus
Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town - SHA Extra Plus
Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town - SHA Extra Plus
4 out of 5
1 Soi Surin Montri Road, Phuket, Phuket, 83000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$432 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Phuket. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"staff very nice , breakfeast buffet awesome , room confortable with large tv , very modern fitness room , large swimming pool"

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town - SHA Extra Plus
Royal Phuket City Hotel - SHA Extra Plus
Royal Phuket City Hotel - SHA Extra Plus
4.5 out of 5
154 Phang-nga Rd, Talat Yai, Phuket, Phuket, 83000
The price is HK$184 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Phuket. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (179 reviews)
"The hotel is best hospitality ,comfort. Your staff were very friendly and helpful. If i back to phuket old town i will choose this hotel to stay again."

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2022

Royal Phuket City Hotel - SHA Extra Plus
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.
Pek House
Pek House
2 out of 5
15, Hutchana Soi 2/2, Anuphasphuketkarn Rd., A Muang, Phuket, Phuket, 83000
The price is HK$58 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this apartment in Phuket. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (19 reviews)
"Ig was amazing"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2020

Pek House
Daily and Monthly room rental
Daily and Monthly room rental
Phuket, Phuket Province
The price is HK$196 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this apartment in Phuket. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a balcony or patio. Popular attractions Phuket Trickeye Museum and Phuket Baba Museum ...
Daily and Monthly room rental
The Base Height by Gif
The Base Height by Gif
3 out of 5
99 Soi Hongyok Utis, Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket, 83000
Stay at this 3-star condo in Phuket. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Patong Beach and Bangla Road are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
ห้องพักสะอาด เจ้าของใจดี
"ห้องพักสะอาด เป็นระเบียบเรียบร้อย มีเครื่องอำนวยความสะดวกครบครัน เจ้าของห้องเป็นกันเอง ช่วยอำนวยความสะดวกต่างๆ ให้มากมายค่ะ แนะนำค่ะ :)"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2017

The Base Height by Gif
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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