Situated in the Andaman Sea of southern Thailand With 48km length and 21km width Phuket is the largest island of Thailand. Actually it’s so huge that you will not even fell like you are surrounded by water. Nevertheless, very few islands can boast of such an abundance of sandy beaches (more than 30 beaches) and clear waters as Phuket. With Spectacular scenery, stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue Phuket is the place for a dream holiday.
Whether it’s world-class diving in the Andaman Sea, golf at international-standard championship courses or exciting eco-adventures in tropical forests, Phuket is a place to extend your horizons. Take an exhilarating speedboat trip to the surrounding islands, or enjoy a serene cruise around mystical Phang Nga Bay. Or why not simply enjoy Phuket’s vibrant nightlife in Patong Beach? Not convinced yet? See our 10 Must See and Do list.
Phuket has a tropical monsoonal climate so it’s warm all year round, but the two periods of April-May and September-October are the hottest. So it is best to avoid those months when visiting.
Phuket is the best place for foodies. We know that Thai food is world-renowned for its wonderful flavors and fresh ingredients, but when I comes to Phuket, it is especially famous for its seafood. Besides there are restaurants to suit every taste.
There is no shortage of accommodation in Phuket. From luxuries sea view resorts and villas to world class hotels. You will get full worth of your price. However if you want to stay a at rather budget place, it’s better to choose a place slightly far from the main tourist area. You can even get a 3 star hotel room at $8 per night.
The majority of tourists arrive at Phuket through Phuket International Airport, which is 30km northwest of Phuket Town. It takes 45 minutes to an hour to reach the southern beaches from there. However, it’s also possible to get to Phuket by road, rail and of course by sea.
If you love adventure and nature, Phang Nga Bay in Thailand one place you should definitely visit. The most distinctive features of Phang Nga Bay is the sheer limestone karsts that protrude vertically out of the mint green water. The bay is filled with many famous tourist spots such as, James Bond Island, Koh Panyee etc.
To Get Here: You can hire a driver with a speed boat to take you around the Bay. It’s also quie easy to find a tour from Phuket which might cost from 2000 to 3500 Baht for the full day. View more
This is a marine national park in the north part of Phuket Island that covers an area of 90 square kilometers. It includes the beaches of Nai Thon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao, as well as the former Nai Yang National Park and Mai Khao wildlife reserve. You can ride an elephant here or relax in the refreshing water from the waterfall, there is no shortage of options. For more information: http://portal.dnp.go.th/
Opening Hours: 8.30 am-4 pm.
Entrance Fee: Adult 200 B, Child 100 B.
To Get Here: The whole area is 15 minutes or under from Phuket International Airport. You can hire a car to get there. View more
Phuket Town lies on the southeastern coast of the island. It is the largest town in Phuket Province with a population of 63,000 and is the economic hub of the island. The town is filled with old heritage buildings. The architecture reflects the influence of Chinese immigrants and a Portuguese aesthetic, and provides a nice contrast to the more traditional Thai styles seen elsewhere. If you don’t plan to travel off the island, Phuket Town offers a glimpse of the real Thailand than any other beach towns.
To Get Here: The town is about 30 mins away from Patong by car and is easily reached by song-thaew (beach-bus) or tuk tuk. View more
Rawai or Hat Rawai is a seafront village in Phuket and an excellent place to experience some real Thai culture. This small village gives you a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Moken, a tribe of "sea gypsies". They have roots in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and are still staunchly committed to their own beliefs and customs. Rawai is one of Phuket's two main ports and has connections to many of Phuket's islands. Boats can be rented here to sail to these offshore islands.
To Get Here: To get here, take a song-thaew (beach-bus) from Phuket Town which will cost about 40 B. View more
Phi Phi is a group of six islands. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. Ko Phi Phi Don is home to several dozen seafood restaurants, and even more reggae bar and coffee shops. Smaller islands are only accessible by tour or chartered fishing boat. These Islands are famous for their peaceful atmosphere as well as their natural beauty. Many people come to Thailand just to visit these islands.
To Get Here: From Phuket boats leave at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Most boat trips take slightly longer than two hours. View more