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.
Samet Nangshe Viewpoint
JUI TUI Shrine
Phuket Walking Street
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
Phuket has just one city, the rest of the areas are considered to be towns.
Phuket is in Thailand. It is the largest island province situated in the Andaman Sea near Phang Nga Bay in the south of Thailand.
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.
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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