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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

Old Phuket Town

Old Phuket Town

4/5Very Good!(34 area reviews)

Cafés, beaches, and historic sites are just a few things travelers enjoy about Old Phuket Town. Check out Phuket Sunday Night Market or Talad Yai Market while you're exploring the area.

Old Phuket Town
Beautiful hotel
trover photo by Angie Hilton

Ban Saiyuan

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Ban Saiyuan (1), you might enjoy its seaside views and spas. If you've got time to venture a little farther, you can make a stop by Rawai Beach or Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking.

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

Talat Yai

4.5/5Wonderful!(39 area reviews)

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

Talat Yai
This picture i took it when it was in a ship .the sky look so beautiful.
trover photo by Ronny Pui

Nanai Road

4/5Very Good!(24 area reviews)

Uncover some of the top draws of Nanai Road like its seaside views and bars. If you're hoping to see more of the larger area, make a stop by Jungceylon Shopping Center or Bangla Road.

Nanai Road
Old Phuket Town

Talat Nuea

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

Unique features of Talat Nuea include the coffeehouses and historic 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
¥9,716
per night
Feb 18 - Feb 19

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 and Tsunami Memorial are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (899 reviews)

"Amazing view of the Pool Villa Sea View, Wait for the check in so long was just only 1 point that it should be improved."…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
4.5 out of 5
12 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
¥6,424
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

This family-friendly Patong resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Patong Boxing Stadium, Patong Beach, and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (730 reviews)

"The room was beautiful and was very comfortable. The staff were extremely helpful and kind and we enjoyed our stay. I will be back shortly."…"

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
5 out of 5
14/2 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
¥10,118
per night
Mar 17 - Mar 18

Located in the heart of Karon, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Karon Beach Roundabout and Karon Beach. Kata Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,721 reviews)

"We had a lovely welcome arrival to the hotel, where we were given a map of the hotel! As the hotel clearly states it is very hilly and not ideal for people with mobility issues. We had a lovely room fairly near to the pool, restaurant and recption. The hotel has 5 pools although we only went to 2. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach

Popular things to do in Phuket

Patong Beach
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Patong Beach

4/5(1,198 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Patong Beach, a popular beach in Patong. Stroll along the seaside in this romantic area, or check out its lively bars.

Karon Beach
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Karon Beach

4.5/5(563 reviews)

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

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4.5/5(413 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(260 reviews)

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

Surin Beach
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Surin Beach

4.5/5(165 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Surin 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(639 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. 

Top activities in Phuket

Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour
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Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour

¥1,356

This is the ideal way to be introduced to some of the cultural landmarks, iconic beaches, sites and sounds of Thailand's largest island in just half a day.

Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

¥1,430

Discover the cultural landmarks and iconic beaches of stunning Phuket on this half-day introduction to the sights and sounds of Thailand's largest island. Get your bearing as you zip between sun-soaked beaches and striking temples, and keep your camera handy for visits to spectacular lookout points.

Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island & Sea Caves Kayaking Tour
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Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island & Sea Caves Kayaking Tour

¥10,502

The journey starts in the morning with a ride aboard an air-conditioned tour bus to Ao Por Pier, where you will be briefed on the safety aspects of the tour.

John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Kayaking & Loy Krathong Floating
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John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Kayaking & Loy Krathong Floating

¥14,304

Enjoy an afternoon kayaking in sea caves in Phang Nga Bay with an experienced guide, including limestone caves and hidden lagoons discovered by John Gray in 1989. Eat a delicious seafood buffet and cap off the evening by floating a handmade flower Kratong in a natural light show.

Full-Day Tour of 6 Islands to Phi Phi with Lunch & Barbecue
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Full-Day Tour of 6 Islands to Phi Phi with Lunch & Barbecue

¥14,304

Escape the crowds from Phuket and explore stunning snorkeling spots, lagoons and islets framed by tall limestone cliffs. The full-day tour is operated on a speed boat with up to 35 passengers and brings you to 6 unique islands including lunch and BBQ skewers at the pier in the evening.

Raya and Coral Island Tour Speed Boat with Lunch
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Raya and Coral Island Tour Speed Boat with Lunch

¥8,212

On the west coast is a fine beach closed in by the hill that stretch away from it like to arms of a horseshoe called alternately Ao Tawan Tok or Ao Bungalow. Clean sandy beach and crystal clear waters of Raya Yai attract daytrippers from Phuket.

Reviews of Phuket

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
23
5 - Excellent 38.983050847457626%
4 - Good
24
4 - Good 40.67796610169491%
3 - Okay
8
3 - Okay 13.559322033898304%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 5.084745762711864%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.694915254237288%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 2020

Phuket is great and has many great areas. However old town Phuket is not as advertised. I love the people but this is a dirty area.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

I think I pictured Pucket Town to be more like Patong, a big party area but it was quite the opposite. Much older town, quiet, with good food options. It was a nice place to just relax after crazy Patong and Phi Phi islands.

4/5 - Good

Nivek

Jan 6, 2020

Many options of Cheap and Fresh seafoods can be found at nite markets ....

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 22, 2019

Thing little more expensive than chaing mai and Bangkok here in Phuket I noticed..so do all your shopping in the other locations 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

Phuket was wonderful, the people were nice and the weather was great. I will definitely recommend and I will be going back again.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Sep 3, 2019

Oldtown is ok but nothing special. I would not stay here anymore, there are better tourist destinations. The weather end of August and beginning of September very cloudy and rainy.

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