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Visit 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.

Phuket Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Phuket

Old Phuket Town
Old Phuket Town

Old Phuket Town

Known for Cafés, Museums, Friendly People

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Stroll through the quaint town center and capture photos of the exceptional Sino-Portuguese design of the majestic shop houses and museums in this historic district.

Top hotels in Phuket

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
5 out of 5
8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala, Phuket
NZ$189
per night
13 Dec. - 14 Dec.

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 and Tsunami Memorial are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (853 reviews)

"Wyndham Grand Phuket is absolutely beautiful and extremely well kept. Everything was clean, well maintained, and easy to get to. The staff was extremely accomadating and easy to work with. I would 100% recommend this hotel. The views are breath taking, the resturants had delicious drinks and food, ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2019

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay
Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
5 out of 5
14/2 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
NZ$195
per night
14 Dec. - 15 Dec.

Located in the heart of Karon, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Karon Beach Roundabout and Karon Beach. Kata Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,655 reviews)

"The hotel is very unique in its design. 5 amazing pools, rooms are clean, quiet, very comfortable. Definitely would recommend to stay in Mandarava"…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2019

Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
4.5 out of 5
12 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
NZ$121
per night
13 Dec. - 14 Dec.

This family-friendly Patong resort is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Patong Boxing Stadium, Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping ...

4.1/5Very Good! (687 reviews)

"Very spacious and comfy room. The pool access was superb. My wife and kids love it. Check in and out was smooth amd fast. Breakfast was a nice spread. We even got 10% discount from the staff. Only downside is, we asked for a mosquito repellent but it took them almost an hour to send it."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2019

Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket

Popular activities in Phuket

Bangla Road
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Bangla Road

3.5/5(506 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. 

Phuket Fantasea
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Phuket Fantasea

4/5(126 reviews)

Experience Thai theater, enjoy a buffet dinner and see a colorful show featuring a magical elephant at this cultural theme park. 

Big Buddha
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Big Buddha

4.5/5(306 reviews)

Sitting on a lotus leaf on one of the highest points in Phuket, the Big Buddha is a dramatic statement that appears to survey the stunning panorama.

Top activities in Phuket

Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour **Black Friday**
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Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour **Black Friday**

NZ$19

This is the ideal way to be introduced to some of the cultural landmarks, iconic beaches, sites and sounds of Thailand's largest island in just half a day.

Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

NZ$20

Discover the cultural landmarks and iconic beaches of stunning Phuket on this half-day introduction to the sights and sounds of Thailand's largest island. Get your bearing as you zip between sun-soaked beaches and striking temples, and keep your camera handy for visits to spectacular lookout points.

John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Kayaking & Loy Krathong Floating
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John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Kayaking & Loy Krathong Floating

NZ$203

Enjoy an afternoon kayaking in sea caves in Phang Nga Bay with an experienced guide, including limestone caves and hidden lagoons discovered by John Gray in 1989. Eat a delicious seafood buffet and cap off the evening by floating a handmade flower Kratong in a natural light show.

Reviews of Phuket

3.9

Guest rating

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5 - Excellent 18.75%
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4 - Good 62.5%
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2 - Disappointing 6.25%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Nov. 2019

Very beautiful area of Thailand.

4/5 - Good

Bec

18 Jun. 2019

Great place to visit. The people are very friendly and the scenery is amazing

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

4 Jun. 2019

I don’t like Phuket so only stayed one night and traveled to Ko Lanta and Krabi...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Apr. 2019

Old town is a must if you love culture and food

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Feb. 2019

have to go to visit very enjoy, place, view, nightlife, food & fruit etc

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4 ways to get to James Bond Island
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4 ways to get to James Bond Island

Follow the lead of 007 and sail off to the islands surrounding Phuket

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