Phuket

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Phuket - Phang Nga

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

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 $30 per night from Feb 18 to Feb 19
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! (142 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
The price is $56 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"Nice hotel."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 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 $61 per night from Feb 10 to Feb 11
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
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.
Pek House
Pek House
2 out of 5
15, Hutchana Soi 2/2, Anuphasphuketkarn Rd., A Muang, Phuket, Phuket
The price is $8 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20
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
Daily and Monthly room rental
Daily and Monthly room rental
Phuket, Phuket Province
The price is $25 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Talat Yai, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Phuket Trickeye Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Phuket Sunday Night Market and Ratsada ...
Daily and Monthly room rental
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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