Experience the exotic. From perfect stretches of white sand beaches, to charming shops to wild nights spent exploring the city and dancing until the sun comes up, Phuket has exactly what you’re looking for. This tropical island paradise is the perfect holiday blend for any traveller who wants to get a taste of the very best of Thailand!
When to go and Weather
Renowned for its sunny skies, Phuket enjoys a tropical climate making it the ideal year round destination. The quintessential sun holiday, take advantage of the hot weather and explore one of the areas many beaches. From the quiet less developed beach of Kamala where fishing boats pull onto the sand to the packed out shores of Patong, Phuket has a stretch of sand to suit any mood. For those who wish to travel during September-October, be prepared for a few showers as it is monsoon season. Not just a fair-weather destination, Phuket has lots on offer even if grey skies do prevail. Discover the rich flavours and delicate aromas of some of the nation’s favourite dishes and learn how to prepare your own with a Thai cooking class. Pamper yourself with a spa day, orexplore glittering temples and expand your understanding of Thai culture.
A wide array of safe transportation is available to travellers making Phuket and its surrounds hugely accessible and affordable to navigate. Once you arrive, most resorts have transfers waiting to take guests into town. However,if you’d rather start your holiday by exploring the city there is also an airport bus as well as private taxis for hire. Once in the city, it is easy to walk to the beaches and shopping areas as most resorts are located near town. For those destinations a little too far to walk to, Phuket is famous for its TukTuks. These pint sized taxis are everywhere and aoffer travellers a quick way to get around. Spend the afternoon snorkelling or playing beach volleyball at the beach before grabbing a TukTuk and heading out on the town for the night. If you’re planning on venturing farther afield to the surrounding islands, there are plenty of ferries running regularly to Phi Phi and other islands.
From the sweet aroma of fresh basil to fragrant yellow curries, Thai food is the ultimate feast for the senses. Delve into a traditional meal at KaJok See in Phuket Town. Enjoy oysters as well as freshly caught seafood, prepared in everything from Phad Thai and Tom Yam soup. For a European fine-dining experience try Versace. With its finely crafted French-English paired with wines from all over the globe, a meal here is sure to be a showstopper. If you’d rather take it down a notch, you’re in luck! Recent years have seen a plethora of trendy beach clubs staking their turf on Phuket’s food scene. Perfect for transitioning from dinner to dancing, guests can enjoy a fabulous al-fresco meal before hitting the clubs. The Diamond Beach Club at Surin is the quintessential beach club with its glamorous ambiance and upscale drink list. But, if you would just like to relax and watch the sunset, try The Surface Bar and Restaurant at Patong Beach and enjoy as the sky streaks with purples and pinks as the sun goes down.
Phuket isn’t just one island, the province is actually made up of 33
It is popular for shops to sell drinks in small plastic bags with ice and a straw.
The Phuket Weekend Market has a massive 2nd hand shoe stall, a popular trade in Thailand.
With so many wonderful things to experience in Phuket it can be tough to know where to begin. Start by exploring the beautiful stretches of beach that surround Phuket Town. If you’re looking for an adventure, head north east to PhangNga Bay and dive into crystal clear turquoise waters and swim with loads of colourful fish. Surrounded by breathtaking limestone cliffs, the bay is postcard perfect. Or, take an afternoon and explore Old Phuket Town and some of the areas temples. Learn about Buddhism at WatChalong or explore the intricate printing on the walls of the Bang Neow Shrine. For the perfect day trip, take a ferry to the Phi Phi islands. Famous for their appearance in Hollywood blockbuster “The Beach”, travellers here will be blown away by its unmatched natural beauty and laid back island vibe. After night falls, it is time to see how wild things can really get. Take to one of the many crazy clubs on Patong’s Bangla Road and experience everything from fantastically colourful cabaret shows to beer bars and crazy discos. Dive right in at a go-go bar where beer girls play bar games with patrons, or cool off after a day in the sun at Kangaroo Bar. Going out on the town in Phuket is sure to be a night to remember.