Phuket

Travel Guide
Phuket - Phang Nga
Phuket’s beaches have made the destination famous around the world, but a rich culture and history mean that the island offers much more than glorious coastline.

Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is known as the “Pearl of the Andaman.” Spend any amount of time on its stunning, golden beaches, framed by dramatic karst stone formations, and you will soon understand how it gained this nickname. Travel away from the coast to discover the lesser-seen attractions and religious sites that further add to the island’s appeal.

The industries of Phuket have changed throughout the centuries. In the era of seafaring and trade, the island was used as a port to shelter from bad weather, while in the 19th century it made its money from tin mining. Come to Phuket today to discover an island that is thriving on the tourism industry. The Phuket Thaihua Museum in Phuket Town features English-language exhibits on the island’s history.

Head to one of the island’s numerous beaches and spend hours soaking up the sun or swimming in seas of perfect aquamarine. Bang Tao Beach is a 5-mile (8-kilometer) beauty that is popular with families seeking calm seas. Patong Beach is famed for its raucous nightlife and constant partying. Head to Nai Thon Beach and Mai Khao Beach for stretches of sand unspoiled by modern developments.

Reach for the skies on a paragliding expedition or ride a wooden long boat around the coastline. Don a pair of goggles and flippers and plunge underwater on an offshore scuba diving expedition.

Take a tuk-tuk ride inland to see some of Phuket’s impressive religious sites. The simply named Big Buddha lives up to its title, looming 148 feet (45 meters) above Nakkerd Hills. Enjoy a moment of peace by Wat Chalong, a picturesque temple that contains 36 carvings of Buddha.

Phuket can be reached via domestic flights from Bangkok or by long-distance buses from major cities in Thailand. Monsoon season, between June and October, sees fewer tourists visiting the island but makes the seas less inviting. Visit Phuket between November and February for the best beach weather and to join throngs of other visitors to the spectacular coastline.

Where to stay in Phuket

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town
Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town
4 out of 5
1 Soi Surin Montri Road, Phuket, Phuket, 83000
The price is CA $78 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
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! (39 reviews)
"Overall pretty good. Th"

Reviewed on Jul. 29, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
5 out of 5
99 Muen-Ngoen Road, Tri-Trang Beach, Patong, Phuket, 83150
The price is CA $94 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Patong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (534 reviews)
Almost perfect experience
"It was excellent experience, me and my family loved the place the only two small issues 1- they refused my request for only 1 hour late check out 2- the last day we had breakfast out door in the second restaurant and it was very hot ( no air condition ) and some of the food was exposed ( no ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2022

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa
Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
284 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket, 83150
The price is CA $81 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Patong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"This hotel is beautiful but old fashion. It’s relatively close to Patong beach the most busy area in Phuket. Our room was comfortable and has a beautiful sea view."

Reviewed on Aug. 12, 2022

Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa
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.
Diamond Resort Phuket
Diamond Resort Phuket
4 out of 5
106 Soi Cherngtalay 14, Choeng Thale, Phuket, 83110
The price is CA $48 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Choeng Thale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (52 reviews)
"Great place big pool . Great restaurant and staff."

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2021

Diamond Resort Phuket
Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
5 out of 5
239-239/1 Moo 3, Tumbon Mai Khao, Mai Khao, Phuket, 83110
The price is CA $152 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 26
Stay at this 5-star luxury villa in Mai Khao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (131 reviews)
"Simply awesome. The staff were polite and always willing to assist. Clean and well maintained facilities, a fabulous swimming pool and excellent dining experience to top it off. Would definitely recommend for families."

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2022

Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
Glam Habitat Hotel
Glam Habitat Hotel
4.5 out of 5
112/39 Moo 3, A. Kathu, Kamala, Phuket, 83150
The price is CA $73 per night from Sep 10 to Sep 11
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Kamala. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Our guests praise the WiFi and the family amenities in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (80 reviews)
"- good size pool to swim - gym facilities were good - incredibly comfy bed - beautifully designed and super modern, felt very luxurious - we did order a pick up from the airport and they forgot so that was disappointing - breakfast average"

Reviewed on Jul. 11, 2022

Glam Habitat Hotel
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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