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    Known as the Pearl of the Andaman Sea in southern Thailand, it’s easy to see why Phuket attracts droves of tourists, young and old, year after year. The island is the perfect mix of white sand beaches, aquamarine sultry waters, natural beauty and culture, heritage and fun! With its own convenient airport, it’s easy to get here and enjoy the abundance of Phuket attractions, family-friendly resorts, hotels and activities, luxurious low-key hideaways, beach club cocktail sunset sessions, night market food frenzies, and pumping go-go bars and clubs- whatever takes your fancy.

    There are endless things to do in Phuket, with the main attraction being hitting the beaches along the west and southern coasts. Phuket tours around the island are easy to arrange once you are there.

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    THG Recommended Hotels in Phuket

    SAii Laguna Phuket is located on Bangtao Beach. It offers rooms with a private balcony and free Wi-Fi. The resort is equipped with a spa, an outdoor pool and fitness centre. A kid’s club and babysitting service are available.
    Restful beach holidays await at the award-winning Katathani Phuket, with 6 pools and 6 dining options. Located across from Kata Beach, it features a first-rate spa and tennis courts.
    OZO Phuket
    OZO Phuket lets you have it all. Only 150 metres from the beach, our resort is within a 3-minute walk from Kata Night Market and other awesome attractions.
    Set in Kamala Beach, InterContinental Phuket Resort, an IHG Hotel offers beachfront accommodation 2.7 km from Pineapple Beach and offers various facilities, such as a restaurant, a bar and a garden. Among the facilities at this property are room service and a kids' club, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The resort features an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, evening entertainment and a 24-hour front desk.
    Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas is located within walking distance of Patong’s nightlife and the Andaman Sea, a hidden and serene hideaway founded upon the grand tradition of Thai hospitality.
    Featuring a terrace and a restaurant, Avista Grande Phuket Karon is located in Karon Beach. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 500 m from Starbucks Kata Beach, 1.3 km from Karon Night Market and 1.9 km from Karon Temple Wat Suvarnkiri. The property features an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi is available throughout the property.
    Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort offers unparalleled luxury along with the best room and hotel amenities. The location is conveniently near several tourist hotspots such as the Patong Beach and Phuket FantaSea.
    Designed for both business and leisure travel, Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach Hotel (SHA Plus+) is ideally situated in Kamal, one of the city's most popular locales.
    A smart hotel located in the heart of Patong Beach, for savvy travelers looking for a relaxing island getaway experience. Only 2 minutes' walk from our hotel to Patong Beach, the most happening beach on Phuket Island, and a short distance to various popular places such as Bangla Road, Jungceylon Shopping Mall and Patong Promenade. The hotel offers quick access to all of Phuket's major shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Only 15 minutes' drive from our hotel to the historic Old Phuket Town.
    Beyond Resort Karon
    The Beyond Resort Karon is an adults-only boutique hotel offering spectacular vistas overlooking the Andaman Sea of Karon Beach.
    Angsana Laguna Phuket Hotel
    Along Bang Tao Beach in Phuket’s northwest lies the Angsana Laguna Phuket,
    The Charm Resort Phuket SHA Certified
    Close to the lively hotspot of Patong Beach, the Charm Resort Phuket offers premium services and amenities.

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    Additional things to do in Phuket

    Monkey Hill

    Also known as Toh Sae Hill, this is the highest hill in Phuket Town. Its name stems from the hundreds of macaques living there. A popular shrine honouring three holy spirits lies at its bottom, as people come to ask for lucky lottery numbers.

    Bangla Road

    Also known as Bangla Walking Street, this road serves as the heart of Phuket’s nightlife. After sunset, the road is closed to traffic, transforming into a venue for street performers, street vendors, bars, clubs, and adult entertainment.

    Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

    One of the most popular spots in Phang Nga is found on a hilltop. Here, you can take in a view over the karsts of the Bay while also being able to go stargazing due to the relative lack of light pollution.

    JUI TUI Shrine

    This traditional Chinese temple is one of Phuket’s oldest and most respected spiritual centres, playing a major role in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival, as well as being a place where locals can celebrate special occasions or visit during hard times.

    Phuket Walking Street

    Also known as Lardyai, this night market can be found on Thalang Road in the Phuket Old Town every Sunday evening. Here, families can get a taste for southern Thailand’s delicacies, local handicrafts, toys, and gift stalls to go with entertainment such as musical performances.

    Wat Chalong

    Wat Chalong built at the beginning on 19th century, this is the largest, most revered and visited of Phuket’s temples. The tallest building on its grounds is a 60-metre stupa housing a bone shard believed to be from the Buddha.

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    Patong’s 3-km golden-sand strip is the busiest and most developed beach, lined with coconut palm trees, offering shelter from the main road. There are plenty of water activities on offer and beach vendors peddling their goods to beachgoers.

    Kata and Kata Noi are some of the best beaches on the west coast offering family-friendly paradise fun with good food and hotels. Karon Beach, located between Patong and Kata, is another one popular Phuket beach with great snorkelling spots and long sandy strip so it never feels crowded. Nearby you can find the lively Karon Centre for dining, shopping and nightlife, making the precinct ideal for evening strolls.

    Bang Tao, is the longest beach in Phuket, and home to luxurious villas, large resorts and beach clubs. This beautiful powder-white stretch of sand offers the ultimate relaxation with world-class wellness spas available, many family-friendly things to do and water sports.

    Surin Beach on the west coast has beautiful fine white sand and crystal clear water during dry season making it a fantastic snorkelling spot. This 800-metre sandy strip is one of the less developed, more natural beaches in Phuket, located a little further south of Bang Tao.

    Rawai beach lies in the southernmost tip of the island and is the departure port for boats heading out to the surrounding islands. This is not a swimming or sunbathing spot, but a good tourist area to capture insight into local life. There’s a seafood market in the Sea Gypsy Village, lots of food stalls, street food and beachfront dining.

    For those looking for a bit of Thai culture and a nice alternative to the beach, the capital city and cultural hub, Phuket Old Town is definitely worth a visit. Step back in time and enjoy the colourful Sino-Portuguese architecture of mansions and quaint shophouses, Buddhist and Taoist temples, museums, art galleries and cafés.

    The most revered landmark on the island is the Big Buddha and is a must-see. This 45 metres tall giant Buddha statue perched on Nakkerd Hills, offers the best sweeping views of the island and is a very peaceful religious site. Don’t forget to cover up and dress modestly when visiting.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the best time to visit Phuket?

    Thailand and Phuket weather is warm all year round but it’s best to visit during the dry season from November to April with full sun, blue skies, good sea conditions for swimming and other water activities. During monsoon or wet season, sea conditions are dangerous and it’s humid and rainy most days.

    Is Phuket Thailand safe?

    For the most part, Phuket is safe to visit. To combat any local scams or annoyances, the province has English-speaking tourist police especially deployed to manage any emergencies or difficulties. They are a reassuring presence just in case. Regarding ocean currents, it is advised to avoid swimming during monsoon season, when the sea is choppy with strong currents.

    Is Phuket worth visiting?

    Yes, Phuket is the largest island and most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. It is most famous for its stunning tropical beaches so if you are looking primarily for a beachy holiday with modern comforts, then Phuket is a great choice. Phuket city is a quaint heritage-style town with colourful Sino-Portuguese architecture. Phuket airport is international so it’s easy to fly and out. Bangkok to Phuket is only a 1-hour 25-minute flight..

    What is Phuket known for?

    Phuket beaches are world-renowned for their fine white sand, balmy aqua seas and water activities with ten main beaches, making it the ultimate tourist magnet. Relaxation, rejuvenation, water sports and fun- are the main attractions of this tropical paradise. Although Phuket nightlife is a further allure to this famous tropical Thailand paradise. You will be able to find Phuket holiday deals to suit your interests, budget and lifestyle.

    How many cities in Phuket?

    Phuket has just one city, the rest of the areas are considered to be towns.

    Where is Phuket?

    Phuket is in Thailand. It is the largest island province situated in the Andaman Sea near Phang Nga Bay in the south of Thailand.

    What to know before going to Phuket?

    Firstly, Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and does not have any official public transport system, so you will have to arrange transport to get around. Secondly, like the rest of Thailand, Phuket’s tap water is not safe to drink so its best to stick to bottled mineral water. Ice is produced in licenced factories from filtered water, so it is safe to consume. Keep in mind Thailand is a Buddhist majority country so you should observe Thai culture and customs. You should never touch a monk and a dress modestly when visiting religious temples and shrines such as covering the shoulders and knees. Furthermore, the head is considered to be sacred by Thai people, thus you should never touch a local person on the head. Be aware, that the Thai monarchy is highly revered and it is illegal to make slanderous remarks about them. You can be arrested, fined heavily and even imprisoned by Thailand authorities.

    Where is the best location for tourists to stay in Phuket?

    Take your pick! Phuket hotels are vast, with a huge range of accommodation to suit all types of budgets, so it really depends on the type of holiday you want to have. Do you want to be in the middle of the tourist hotspots like lively Patong or Kata beaches, or are you looking for more a secluded hideaway in Bang Tao or Surin, or indeed somewhere in between; busy yet not overcrowded, like Karon or Kamala beaches? For culture enthusiasts, then quaint Phuket Town is the best choice.

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