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.

Known for

Beach, Shopping and Romantic

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Where to stay in Phuket

Old Phuket Town
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Old Phuket Town

Café, Museum, Friendly People

5/5 (8 Ratings)

Stroll through the quaint town center and capture photos of the exceptional Sino-Portuguese design of the majestic shop houses and museums in this historic district.

Top Hotels in Phuket

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
88 Moo 7, Prunai, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
CA $80
per night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,987 reviews)

"Everything in the property was nice and unique.....😊🙏"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2019

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
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Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
5 out of 5
14/2 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
CA $89
per night
Sep 25 - Sep 26
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,561 reviews)

"I like my room near restaurant n pool. Don’t like my room view being block by trees n pool closed too early."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2019

Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
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Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort
5 out of 5
CA $87
per night
Oct 5 - Oct 6
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,180 reviews)

"Every was top notch,Breathtaking buildings and view.Beautiful and quiet beach.Delicious food.The staff was amazing,All shifts.Very warm,kind and genuinely concerned about your stay.Thank you Fern and everyone, God bless ,See you all soon."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2019

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

Popular things to do in Phuket

Bangla Road
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Bangla Road

3.5/5 (128 Ratings)

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. 

Phuket Fantasea
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Phuket Fantasea

3.5/5 (27 Ratings)

Experience Thai theater, enjoy a buffet dinner and see a colorful show featuring a magical elephant at this cultural theme park. 

Big Buddha
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Big Buddha

4.5/5 (101 Ratings)

Enjoy stunning 360-degree views from where this massive statue sits, towering over the island from atop the Nakkerd Hills.

Promthep Cape
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Promthep Cape

4.5/5 (21 Ratings)

Phuket’s most southerly point is also one of its most popular attractions where hundreds of visitors flock each evening to catch a spectacular nightly sunset.

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4/5 (65 Ratings)

Offering a slower, family-friendly alternative to its party-loving neighbors, this beach is something of a hidden gem.

Kata Noi Beach
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Kata Noi Beach

4.5/5 (41 Ratings)

Find a stretch of peaceful paradise at this small, often overlooked beach.

Top activities in Phuket

Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with optional Big Buddha
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Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour with optional Big Buddha

CA $16

This tour has only recently been designed and put on sale and is already getting fabulous feedback. It is actually an extended version of the Phuket Island Guided Tour, as this tour is including a stop at the Big Buddha (if chosen) and has a duration from 4 - 5 1/2 hours.

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

CA $17

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.

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

CA $172

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

CA $172

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.

Phi Phi & Khai Nai Islands Deluxe Full-Day Tour by Speedboat
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Phi Phi & Khai Nai Islands Deluxe Full-Day Tour by Speedboat

CA $115

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in the Phi Phi Islands, a hotspot in Southern Thailand made famous by the movie The Beach. Admire stunning views and the crystal-clear waters of the Maya Bay, enjoy lunch, spot limestone cliffs, and get a chance to go snorkeling.

Phi Phi Early Bird - Sunrise
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Phi Phi Early Bird - Sunrise

CA $169

Arrive at Phi Phi Island early and avoid the crowds. Start your day early, around 5:15am - 5:30am, you will be picked up from your hotel in Phuket and transfer to the Royal Phuket Marina (the nicest pier in Phuket).

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4 ways to get to James Bond Island
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4 ways to get to James Bond Island

Follow the lead of 007 and sail off to the islands surrounding Phuket

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