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Phuket - The Pearl of the Andaman Sea

Around 30 miles in length, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and the country’s second most-visited destination after Pattaya. Despite the 2004 tsunami and the development upsurge in its wake, Phuket’s 30+ sandy beaches retain their magical allure. Along its western shores, exclusive resorts hug the rugged coastline, twinkling to life at night. Hedonistic haven Patong continues to draw crowds with its notorious party strip and the arrival of many wallet-friendly hotels. In the south, island-capital Phuket City has a thriving historic heart and is the gateway to Ko Phi Phi with ferries leaving from colourful and chaotic Rassada Pier.

A City Full of Surprises

Phuket City makes for a fascinating tour by foot, moped or tuk tuk. In its historic heart, colonial mansions, traditional Chinese-style shophouses and Sino-Portuguese properties mingle. Phuket City’s thriving restaurant scene offers travellers all manner of culinary adventures. English menus and talented local chefs are a given, while street-food vendors offer a fast fix at every turn. Souvenir-hunters delight in the dark antique shops, quirky gift-shops and small galleries. Known also as a destination for day-spas, Thai cookery schools and Buddhist retreats, there really is something for everyone. For panoramic views over Phuket City, visitors climb, cycle or take a tuk tuk up to the viewpoint and restaurant on Monkey Hill. At the very walkable city’s outer limits, the climate-controlled Central Festival Mall is where locals and tourists alike gather to cool down when the late-summer humidity becomes unbearable.

Take the Temple Trail

Phuket Island’s main districts have their own distinct cultural flavours. South-west coastal district Kathu is home to the 45m-high Big Buddha and the impeccably maintained Wat Karon temple complex which hosts a colourful bi-weekly night market. In northern district Thalang, visitors flock to see the half-buried Temple of the Golden Buddha, or the Thalang National Museum and the Heroines Monument, which mark the defeat of Burmese invaders back in the 18th century. Phuket City has several shrines to visit including the atmospheric Shrine of the Serene Light. The city’s historic architecture also includes a museum dedicated to the stamps of South East Asia, and another celebrating Phuket’s long trade-relationship with the Chinese. Further south, in the Chalong district, salmon-pink Wat Chalong has 36 golden Buddhas in various states of repose. Chalong Rum is Phuket’s only distillery and offers 30-minute tasting tours. Also in the south, Rawai is the home of the bohemian Phuket Art Village.

Living the Island Life

This super-sized Andaman island makes it impossible for visitors to stay indoors, with a zoo and a butterfly farm, three national parks and several world-class diving sites within easy reach. A few miles from Phuket’s shores, underwater enthusiasts can explore the abundant marine life at Koh Racha Yai, Shark Point and King Cruiser Wreck. In the far north, and just 15 minutes from the airport, Sirinat National Park offers pristine beaches and a wildlife reserve with sea turtles. In the east, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is home to gibbons, Malayan sun bears, flying foxes, mouse deer and other fantastic beasts. Dotted around the coastline, raised viewpoints allow for envy-inducing selfies, the finest of those being the Phromthep Cape Peninsula at the island’s southernmost point, which offers sublime sunset views and a strange ¬¬crab-shaped lighthouse, while nearby Siray Island has a long-established Sea-Gypsy community.©

Ain’t no Party like a Patong Party

Follow the general flow to find yourself shoulder-deep in vice-fuelled nightlife along neon-lit Bangla Road, where you’ll stumble into strip joints, massage parlours and karaoke bars brimming with beautiful hostesses attempting to bewitch tourists of their baht. Watch Thailand’s best boxers competing at the Bangla Road Stadium or explore the night markets near Jungceylon Shopping Plaza and marvel at some quality counterfeit goods. Try a spicy papaya salad in a backstreet restaurant and prepare to be hooked for life. Take a bayside nightcap on the balmy terrace of a promenade pub, or step inside to find talented cover bands and wildly dancing tourists. Pay a party tuk tuk to whisk you back to your hotel and enjoy blaring dance music and flashing disco lights en route. Recover on the spotless sands of Patong’s 2.2-mile beach and find your stamina for the inevitably long night ahead.

Where to stay – Phuket’s West Coast

Though many independent travellers fall for the lesser-visited districts in the south and east of Phuket, most package-tours focus on the west coast, where many of the island’s most striking beaches have evolved into small but vibrant seaside communities. Here, beach shacks and diving schools rub shoulders with luxurious spa resorts. Resort towns Karon, Kata, Nai Yang and Kamala are popular destinations for travellers in search of down time. On the northwest coast, seven-mile-long beach Mai Khao in Sirinat National Park offers several four-star spa resorts and the Splash Jungle Water Park. This area is a popular choice with families and those who need a hotel close to the airport. From here, travellers can reach the terminal buildings in 15 minutes and most resorts offer shuttles.

Price range

from ‎R81to ‎R157,900

Top hotels

    Hotel Coconut Village Resort Patong Beach

    Coconut Village Resort is a casual resort offering rooms and suites in Patong, Phuket, only 100-metres from the beautiful white sands of Patong Beach. Modern rooms feature a furnished balcony or terrace, free Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen satellite TV. They also include air-conditioning, a minibar with complimentary bottled water, and private bathroom. Suites also have a living area and bathroom with rainfall shower, and some have Jacuzzi bath. Rooms receive a daily housekeeping visit. Facilities at Coconut Village Resort include a freeform outdoor pool, children’s pool, hot tub, and sun terrace. The 24-hour reception offers a concierge service, tour desk, laundry, and babysitting services. Massages and airport transfers can be arranged. Coconut Coffee Shop and Restaurant offers a buffet breakfast and a menu of Thai and international cuisine. There is also a pool bar. Patong Pier is 400-metres from the property. Jungceylong Shopping Centre is one-kilometre, while Tiger Kingdom wildlife reserve is seven-kilometres away. more

    Hotel Phunara Residence Patong Beach

    Ideal for fun and relaxation, Phunara Residence is located in the Patong area of Phuket. The hotel lies 8.0 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. At Phunara Residence, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park are just a few of the facilities that set Phunara Residence apart from other hotels in the city. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning to please the most discerning guest. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Whatever your purpose of visit, Phunara Residence is an excellent choice for your stay in Phuket. more

    Hotel Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Patong Beach

    Located only a few steps from Phuket’s famous Patong Beach, The Holiday Inn Resort Phuket offers recently refurbished rooms in a relaxing tropical paradise. Rooms at the resort offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with DVD player, in-room safe, minibar and iron with ironing board. Guests can rest easily at night thanks to the property’s modern beds with duck-feather and a choice of firm or soft pillows. There are four different pools at The Holiday Inn Resort Phuket including a kid’s only option. A kid’s club, fitness centre, full service spa and convenience store can also be found at the resort. Four restaurants and a bar are awaiting guests at the hotel. Terrazzo serves homemade pizzas in an al fresco setting while Charm Thai offers local cuisine using fresh ingredients. Jungceylon Shopping & Leisure Destination and Soi Bangla are a few minutes away on foot. Phuket Town is a 15-minute drive away. more

    Hotel Patong Resort Patong Beach

    Patong Resort Hotel offers 4-star accommodation in the center of Patong with facilities catering for group meetings and special events. All rooms include air conditioning, flat-screen TV with cable service, private balcony, hairdryer, bathtub, hot and cold showers, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Hotel amenities include 24-hour front desk service, wedding services, business center, conference space, hair salon, sauna, outdoor pools, garden, laundry facilities and free parking. Wi-Fi is available at a surcharge. There are two on-site restaurants to choose from which are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and which specialize in Italian and Japanese cuisine. Patong Resort Hotel is a seven-minute walk away from the local beach as well as the attractions of the Royal Paradise Night Market, Bangla Night Street and the Jungceylon Shopping Center. Phuket International Airport is 45-minutes away. more

    Hotel Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa Patong Beach

    Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa is a luxury resort nestling on an unspoilt private white sandy beach between Patong Beach and Kamala Beach on Phuket. The village is made up of Thai style bungalows - either around the pool, facing the beach or on the hilltop, with spectacular 180 degree ocean views, Jacuzzis and access by cable-car ! The air-conditioned units have private balconies or terraces along with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The main feature of Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa is its immense free-form lagoon pool – said to be one of the largest in south-east Asia – and its tropical gardens. If that's not relaxing enough, guests can also opt for a treatment at the spa. The hotel's restaurant offers romantic candle-lit meals by the beach. Guests can take advantage of a free shuttle bus and uncover the shops and entertainment of Patong Beach, ten minutes' drive away. more

    Hotel Hotel Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Patong Beach

    Hotel Grand Mercure Phuket Patong offers luxurious accommodation just a short walk away from the beach. A choice of rooms, suites and villas is available with features including hairdryer, flatscreen cable television and en suite bathroom with toiletries. Some rooms and villas also benefit from a balcony or pool access. Free Wi-Fi access is offered along with an airport shuttle service. Guests can relax and unwind in the Ryn Spa where a range of treatments can be booked and the fitness centre is an ideal place for a workout. A babysitting service is also offered as well meeting and event space. Bubbles Restaurant boasts an extensive menu and Chou Chou Deli Shop serves light snacks. Enjoy a drink in the Craft Beer Lounge or at the Bounce Pool Bar which also serves food. Hotel Grand Mercure Phuket Patong is around 55-minutes from Phuket International Airport and Tiger Kingdom Phuket is less than 15-minutes’ drive away. more