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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.

Phuket Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Phuket

Old Phuket Town

Old Phuket Town

4/5Very Good!(37 area reviews)

Cafés, beaches, and historic sites are just a few things travelers enjoy about Old Phuket Town. Check out Phuket Sunday Night Market or Moh Seng Historic House Museum while you're exploring the area.

Old Phuket Town
Beautiful hotel

Ban Saiyuan

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Ban Saiyuan (1), you might enjoy its seaside views and spas. If you've got time to venture a little farther, you can make a stop by Rawai Beach or Chalong Pier.

Ban Saiyuan
Phuket - Phang Nga featuring boating, landscape views and a beach

Talat Yai

4.5/5Wonderful!(39 area reviews)

Unique features of Talat Yai include the historic sites and spas. Make a stop by Phuket Trickeye Museum or Robinson Department Store while you're exploring the area.

Talat Yai
This picture i took it when it was in a ship .the sky look so beautiful.

Nanai Road

4/5Very Good!(25 area reviews)

Uncover some of the top draws of Nanai Road like its seaside views and bars. If you're hoping to see more of the larger area, make a stop by Jungceylon Shopping Center or Bangla Road.

Nanai Road
Old Phuket Town

Talat Nuea

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

Unique features of Talat Nuea include the coffeehouses and historic sites. Make a stop by Phuket Sunday Night Market or Jui Tui Shrine while you're exploring the area.

Talat Nuea

Top Hotels in Phuket

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
5 out of 5
8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket
The price is $82 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

This family-friendly Kamala hotel is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kalim Beach, Patong Beach and Kamala Beach. Bangla Road is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (968 reviews)

"Excellent hotel!! Me and my partner came here for our two year anniversary, we had an ocean from suite with our private pool. In our original room we had issue with hot water, the front desk relocated us immediately to our liking of the room. She had a driver drive my partner to check our few suites ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
5 out of 5
14 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket
The price is $97 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Big Buddha are also within 3 mi (5 km).

4.4/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)

"Customer Service is key here All staff are forever helpful and attentive to your needs Smiling happy pleasant always A great example of customer service Nothing is too much trouble for them all"…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket
Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket
4 out of 5
290/1 Prabaramee Rd., Patong, Phuket
The price is $15 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated on the beach, this spa resort is within a 5-minute walk of Kalim Beach and Patong Beach. Bangla Road and Jungceylon Shopping Center are also within ...

3.4/5 (273 reviews)

"Good and nice service. They upgrade my room for free too"…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2020

Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket
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.

Vacation Rentals in 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
The price is $122 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25

Located in Mai Khao, this beachfront villa is connected to a shopping center and within a 5-minute walk of Turtle Village and Mai Khao Beach. Yacht Haven Marina ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (89 reviews)

"Staff are friendly and helpful, room is spacious with fabulous decoration and also very clean and tidy. Hotel is located at a quiet place with excellent environment. A very great place for vacation."…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020

Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
5 out of 5
888 Moo 3, Thalang, Mai Khao, Phuket
The price is $372 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Mai Khao, this beachfront villa is in a national park and within a 5-minute walk of Turtle Village and Mai Khao Beach. Splash Jungle Water Park and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (392 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful and friendly, the room was superb and very clean, the resort was excellent and just perfect for a break away from hustle"…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
5 out of 5
168 Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4, Choeng Thale, Phuket
The price is $168 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25

Located in Choeng Thale, this beachfront villa is next to a golf course, 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Laguna Phuket Golf Club, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Surin Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (368 reviews)

"Our stay at the property was an incredible experience. The private pool villa, housekeeping service, room amenities etc. were amazing and the property is right on the beach which made our stay memorable. You can enjoy the tide in and the tide out walk on the beach. Kayaking, paddle boarding and various ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
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.

Popular places to visit in Phuket

Patong Beach
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Patong Beach

4/5(1,226 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Patong Beach, a popular beach in Patong. Stroll along the seaside in this romantic area, or check out its lively bars.

Karon Beach
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Karon Beach

4.5/5(580 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Karon Beach, a popular beach in Karon. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4.5/5(422 reviews)

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

Bang Tao Beach
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Bang Tao Beach

4/5(267 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Bang Tao Beach, a popular beach in Choeng Thale. While in this relaxing area, find time to visit its spas.

Bangla Road
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Bangla Road

4/5(655 reviews)

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. 

Surin Beach
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Surin Beach

4.5/5(176 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Surin Beach, a popular beach in Choeng Thale. While in this relaxing area, find time to visit its spas.

Top things to do in Phuket

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

$12
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Phi Phi Islands by Ferry with Snorkeling, Lunch & Transfers
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Phi Phi Islands by Ferry with Snorkeling, Lunch & Transfers

$55
Per adult
Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

$25
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch
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Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch

$64
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
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

$86
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Half Day Phuket City Tour with Big Buddha & Chalong Temple
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Half Day Phuket City Tour with Big Buddha & Chalong Temple

$40
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Phuket

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Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 40.32258064516129%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 12.903225806451612%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Phuket is amazing. Stay somewhere besides Patong unless you are only wanting to experience nightlife.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 2020

Phuket is great and has many great areas. However old town Phuket is not as advertised. I love the people but this is a dirty area.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

I think I pictured Pucket Town to be more like Patong, a big party area but it was quite the opposite. Much older town, quiet, with good food options. It was a nice place to just relax after crazy Patong and Phi Phi islands.

4/5 - Good

Nivek

Jan 6, 2020

Many options of Cheap and Fresh seafoods can be found at nite markets ....

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 22, 2019

Thing little more expensive than chaing mai and Bangkok here in Phuket I noticed..so do all your shopping in the other locations 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

Phuket was wonderful, the people were nice and the weather was great. I will definitely recommend and I will be going back again.

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