Known as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, Phuket is home to all sorts, from deep sea diving to high end dining, all night partying to exclusive and luxurious retreats.
As Thailand’s biggest island, you’ll be spoiled for choice with things to do. Relax on one of the many golden sandy beaches, explore the hilly countryside inland, meet the friendly locals or take in a show. With options for every budget and activities for every age, it’s no wonder that tourists from around the world keep returning to the friendly, palm-fringed shores of Phuket.
Action-packed or beach escape, local culture or a show like no other, Phuket has plenty to entertain. Here are some top things not to miss:
- See the world-famous Thai ladyboys in Simon’s Cabaret ShowOpens external site
- Learn to cook like a local with a Thai cooking courseOpens external site
- See the islands, including the famous Phang Nga Bay with a private speedboat charterOpens external site
- Discover Phuket’s rich history with a tour of its traditional cultureOpens external site
- If you have time spend a day or two on the stunning Phi Phi IslandOpens external site.
There’s a reason this island is known as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’. It’s big, shiny and has hidden depths waiting to be explored.
Wild, exciting, unpredictable and sexy: Just a few words that describe the maelstrom that is Patong. With a carnival-like atmosphere by night, the central drag of Bangla Road and its many bars and clubs is an explosion of colour, sound (some would say noise) and movement as hawkers and touts work the passing crowds.
The best part of Kata is its lush crescent of white-sand beach. Nodding palms, gin-clear sea and balmy tropical breezes all conspire to create the welcome cliché that is Kata Beach. More family orientated than its neighbour Patong, Kata at night time is a quieter affair with plenty of shopping and dining.
Much more spread out than compact Kata, Karon is a three-kilometre-long beach free from hotels on its absolute beachfront. Karon is divided into its southern end that is adjacent to Kata Beach and its northern part where most of the bars and restaurants are. Because of its length the beach is rarely crowded.
From the airport
There are options to suit all budgets to get from the airport. Often your hotel may arrange a transfer, but otherwise there are buses, minivans and taxis, all clearly signposted in the arrivals hall. Otherwise you can hire a car.
In and around the island
There are shuttle buses around the island which are easy to get. If you’ve organised activities your tour guide will often arrange to collect you from your hotel or accommodation. After dark there’s no public transport so you’ll be reliant on taxis if you haven’t hired a car. For a local ride in the big towns and cities, hire a tuk tuk and feel the warm air rush through your hair.
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