Phuket

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

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Where to stay in Phuket

Hotel Clover Patong Phuket
Hotel Clover Patong Phuket
4 out of 5
162/8-11 Taweewong Rd, Patong, Phuket, 83150
The price is P2,322 per night from 5 Sep to 6 Sep
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Patong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the property condition in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (629 reviews)
Great stay in quiet comfotable modern hotel
"Great stay. Easy checkin room was great with very comfortable bed and pillows. Hotel was not full so it was quiet but you could hear other people in the spa at 5am from your balcony. Breakfast was good and the coffee machinean added bonus. Real fresh hot coffee. The only negative was there are no ..."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Hotel Clover Patong 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 P3,316 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P3,763 per night from 26 Aug to 27 Aug
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! (533 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
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.
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 P6,454 per night from 25 Aug to 26 Aug
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! (130 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
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
5 out of 5
168 Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4, Choeng Thale, Phuket, 83110
The price is P14,457 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury villa in Choeng Thale. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (381 reviews)
"Great place, it’s just a bit isolated."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

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, 83110
The price is P15,035 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury villa in Mai Khao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (399 reviews)
"Great service & high level of hospitality.. thank you"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

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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