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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

Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket
Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket
4 out of 5
290/1 Prabaramee Rd., Patong, Phuket
The price is CA $27 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27

Situated on the beach, this spa resort is within a 5-minute walk of Kalim Beach and Patong Beach. Bangla Road and Jungceylon Shopping Center are also within ...

3.4/5Good! (277 reviews)

"Good and nice service. They upgrade my room for free too"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2020

Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket
Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
18/110 Ruamjai Road, Patong, Phuket
The price is CA $26 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

Situated by the sea, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center and Kalim Beach are also within 2 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"Great staff and a short walk to the beach. Many fun things to do in the area!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2020

Burasari Phuket Resort & Spa
The Shore at Katathani
The Shore at Katathani
5 out of 5
14 Kata Noi Rd., Muang, Karon, Phuket
The price is CA $323 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22

Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Karon View Point, Kata Noi Beach, and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Big Buddha are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (585 reviews)

"Luxurious stay, wonderful view. Very romantic getaway"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 25, 2021

The Shore at Katathani
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.
CasaBay Luxury Pool Villa
CasaBay Luxury Pool Villa
5 out of 5
56/65 Moo 4, Soi Suksan 2, Viset Rd, Rawai Sub-District, Rawai, Phuket
The price is CA $201 per night from May 4 to May 5

Situated near the beach, this luxury villa is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Chalong Bay and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Chalong Pier. HomePro Village is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (52 reviews)
Impressed great service

"the place is nicely decorated and very clean. We have booked a 6-room villa but there are 2 rooms at downstairs which when we arrive, there are some stuffy smell in those 2 rooms. Apart from that, there are fallen leaves and flowers all over the place which are really unpleasant. The manager has ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 27, 2020

CasaBay Luxury Pool Villa
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 CA $180 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

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! (370 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 Mar. 19, 2020

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
5 out of 5
888 Moo 3, Thalang, Mai Khao, Phuket
The price is CA $320 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Located in Mai Khao, this beachfront villa is in a national park and within a 5-minute walk of Turtle Village and Mai Khao Beach. Splash Jungle Water Park and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (392 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful and friendly, the room was superb and very clean, the resort was excellent and just perfect for a break away from hustle"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2020

Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
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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Reviews of Phuket

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5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 26, 2020

Old town was a highlight for both nightlife and daytime walking/exploring and is entirely walkable. The pier is only 10 mins away which is convenient. Check out The Library for a great bar.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 1, 2020

Make sure you rent a scooter so you can get around easily

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 19, 2019

People are friendly, food is plentiful and the sites are breathtaking. Big buddha and monkey hill Isc must.

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