Phuket

Travel Guide
Phuket - Phang Nga featuring general coastal views and a sunset

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.

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Where to stay in Phuket

Royal Phuket City Hotel - SHA Plus
Royal Phuket City Hotel - SHA Plus
4.5 out of 5
154 Phang-nga Rd, Talat Yai, Phuket, Phuket
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P1,502 per night from 22 Feb to 23 Feb
Located in Talat Yai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Talad Yai Market and Robinson Department Store. Chinpracha House and Saphan Hin Mining ...
3.8/5 Good! (143 reviews)
"Hotel lobby was very nice, however the hallways to rooms are very dated and the rooms could do with updating"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Royal Phuket City Hotel - SHA Plus
Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town - SHA Plus
Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town - SHA Plus
4 out of 5
1 Soi Surin Montri Road, Phuket, Phuket
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P2,837 per night from 22 Feb to 23 Feb
Located in Talat Yai, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Phuket Trickeye Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Phuket Sunday Night Market and Ratsada Pier. Bangkok ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Fantastic Everything.
"I believe this hotel only opened last year, 2021 thus everything has still got that ‘like new’ feeling about it and this enhanced the quality of my stay. As you would expect for Thailand all of the staff; that’s doormen, reception staff, room cleaning ladies, restaurant managers, waiters, waitresses ..."

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town - SHA Plus
Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra Hotel - SHA Plus
Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra Hotel - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
40/5 Chanajaroen Road, Tambon Talad Yai, Amphur Muang, Phuket
The price is P3,064 per night from 24 Feb to 25 Feb
Located in Talat Yai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Phuket Sunday Night Market and Saphan Hin Mining Monument. Khao Rang Hill View Point and Ratsada ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (109 reviews)
"Amazing staff and great breakfast spread! Good location (near to two major shopping malls)"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra Hotel - SHA Plus
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Pek House
Pek House
2 out of 5
15, Hutchana Soi 2/2, Anuphasphuketkarn Rd., A Muang, Phuket, Phuket
The price is P387 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
Located in Talat Yai, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Robinson Department Store and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ratsada Pier and Khao Rang Hill View ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (19 reviews)
"Ig was amazing"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

Pek House
The Base Heights by Lofty
The Base Heights by Lofty
3 out of 5
99/140 Soi Hongyok Utis., Taladyai, Phuket
Located in Talat Yai, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Bangkok Hospital Phuket and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Phuket Sunday Night Market. Vachira Phuket ...
The Base Heights by Lofty
Connext Residence
Connext Residence
3 out of 5
9/250 Sakdidet 1 Road, Talad Nua, Phuket, Phuket
Located in Talat Nuea, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Suan Luang Park and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Robinson Department Store.
3.5/5 Good! (14 reviews)
I hate this place.
"As a hotel guest, you can't even use the gym there? What's the point of staying? Who would be stupid enough to pay 500 Baht extra a day for the stupid gym? Nobodyyyyyyy!!!!!"

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2017

Connext Residence
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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