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Phuket

Phuket is the ultimate tropical paradise for a reason – it has the climate, it has the beaches, and it has the beauty.

Phuket might spell 'party' to many in the large crowd winging their way to its three good-time beaches of Kata, Karong and Patong. But Thailand’s biggest island has such a dizzying blend of exotic landscapes, stunning beaches and curious cultures that you can pretty much spell Phuket anyway you want.

But a gem is most certainly what Phuket is – though maybe emerald would be the stone of choice. This almost fifty-kilometre long island is surrounded by seas that shimmer between azure, turquoise and emerald-green, and is crowned by a verdant green canopy of forested mountains. The best place to start your Phuket experience is at one of its beautiful beaches – though surprisingly many are not as crowded as you might think.

Family-friendly is written in the sands of Kamala Beach, tucked behind a hill south of Surin, and which boasts a safe, clean and quiet beach. Just north of it is the little hide-away cove of Laem Singh Beach. Once a secret haven below the cliffs, it is now immensely popular, but still holds onto its jungle-clad beauty. Take a long drive south of Patong, and you'll find the low-profile, well-ordered paradise that is Kata Noi Beach. Sun-worshippers, thrill-seekers and taste-questers are served in equal measure by its beach, buzz and great restaurants.

Drive as far down as you can, and you'll reach the iconic beauty of Promthep Cape, a dramatic rock splinter at the very southern tip of Phuket. Here, even the local Thai people crowd on the cliff-top at sunset, to capture its wide open ocean views. One of the often-missed gems of Phuket's beach scene lies nearby – Nai Harn Beach. It's another peaceful stretch of white sand that begs to be snorkelled, surfed or maybe just admired. And looking over all these neglected south-side beaches is the towering white splendour of the Big Buddha. Only erected in the last few years, this massive 46-metre high statue stares meditatively from the heights of the Nakkerd hills.

But rather than its beaches, the island of Phuket is becoming better known for the myriad of island beauties scattered around its coast. The Ao Phang Nga National Park is a staggering collection of these limestone shards, thrusting out of a calm sea. Home to some amazing marine wildlife and astonishing sea-caves, it also hosts a celebrity island. Khao Phing Kan is better known as James Bond Island, thanks to its connection to the film The Man with the Golden Gun.

And talking of celebrities, the most famous of all Phuket's island treasures are the Phi Phi Islands, 32 kilometres west, whose superlative scenery earned them the starring role in The Beach. So Phuket does do 'party', and it does do 'fun' – but it also does 'spectacle' like few other places on Earth.


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Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay NZ$110
Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2020
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Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket
     
    4.4 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 ...

    Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
    Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020
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    Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

    Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

    14 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket
       
      4.4 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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

      Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket NZ$29
      Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020
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      Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket

      Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket

      290/1 Prabaramee Rd., Patong, Phuket
         
        3.4 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Good experience. Good value for the money. Only negative was the hotel is on a hillside, so going from room to streetside was tiring. Could use free hotel provided transport, but hated to constantly bother them.

        Cassia Phuket NZ$45
        Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020
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        Cassia Phuket

        Cassia Phuket

        64 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Choeng Thale, Phuket
           
          4.3 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Amazing staff and resort. Get to breakfast early or its hard to get a seat. Thursday night market was amazing.

          Phuket Siray Hut Resort
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          Phuket Siray Hut Resort

          Phuket Siray Hut Resort

          25 Moo 1, Thepprathan Road, Amphur Muang, Ratsada, Phuket
             
            2.9 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Booker this hotel as a 1 night quick stop as it's close to the pier to get to phi phi. If coming from the airport don't expect anyone to know where it is, we took a taxi which we had no choice to at 2am which was 700baht They didn't know where it was and we spent 2 hours in the taxi driving around ...

            Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa NZ$86
            Reviewed on 13 Apr. 2020
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            Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa

            Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa

            88 Moo 7, Prunai, Ko Yao, Phang Nga
               
              4.4 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Stayed here for two weeks during the virus crisis and it was a perfect place to be...very safe and secluded. I enjoyed the food, the staff was wonderful and my room was perfect. I am shocked that some people complained about the service, never once did I have an issue. Yes, the hill is an issue, ...

              Patong Bay Hill Resort NZ$54
              Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2020
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              Patong Bay Hill Resort

              Patong Bay Hill Resort

              79 Hasib Pee Road, Patong, Phuket
                 
                4.0 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Liked that it had a pool at every building, mini bar and kitchen. Disliked no dishes in kitchen, distance from Lobby to room and to beach from room.

                Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach NZ$149
                Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2020
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                Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach

                Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach

                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  We booked two different types of room separately due to changed plan and then upon arrival , hotel gave us a very good price for upgrading to 2 bedroom villa which was excellent for our family of 4. Really appreciate.

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