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Welcome to Phuket

An archetypal island paradise with the added bonus of cultural wonder and culinary delights

The island of Phuket is in the southwest of Thailand in Phuket Province to the south of Bangkok and has its own airport, Phuket Airport (HKT).  All the resorts are coastal and are mainly in the west with Patong, Karon, and Kata amongst the most popular.


Dubbed the ‘Pearl of the South', Phuket is the largest, most celebrated and most popular of Thailand's resort islands. It is easily accessible from the mainland via the Sarasin Bridge and with its year-round warm weather, choice of resorts, diverse landscape and stunning beaches lapped by the warm Andaman Sea, Phuket attracts all types of holidaymakers.  

The island is 48 km (34 miles) by 21 km (16 miles). It is home to a chain of mountains and valleys mainly from a north-south range running down the west coast. The tallest peak, Mai Tao Sip Song (12 Cane Peak) is 529m high. The rest of the island is flat. This provides a stunning contrast of rocky headlands, long broad sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, forested hills, small estuaries, lagoons, and tropical vegetation of all kinds.  

You can enjoy stunning beaches such as Kata Beach with its spectacular tropical scenery, Nai Yang Beach edged by the stately casuarina trees, the triple canopy rainforest of Khao Phra Thaeo National Park or the mudflats and mangrove swamps of Koh Siray. Phuket is truly a tropical wonderland and offers something for just about everyone.

But there is also beauty below the sea with some stunning coral reefs that mustn’t be missed. This provides an excellent snorkeling and diving opportunity to watch the beautiful tropical fish in their own environment.

Phuket has plenty of great beaches; the busiest is in the main resort town of Patong. Hat Patong has everything you need for a beach break - sun loungers, sun umbrellas, water sports, beach bars, and restaurants. If you want a quieter spot try the beaches at Kata and Karon but when the surf is good they are very popular with windsurfers and surfers. However, if you are prepared to drive, you will find some superb remote beaches perfect for a spot of R and R.

But Phuket isn’t all about sun, sea, and sand. It also has some fascinating temples and attractive Chinese colonial buildings, lively markets, and interesting shops. Plus there is the amazing rainforest in Khao Phra Thaeo National Park.  


Phuket enjoys a tropical climate, with the temperatures rarely dropping below 29°C. There are two main seasons; high season from November to April when the weather is hot and dry, attracting most amount of visitors and low season from May to October when it is cool and wet.


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Although not up to Bangkok’s standards, Phuket still provides plenty of shopping opportunities. The best shopping is in Phuket Town and Patong.


Along Patong Beach there are numerous stalls and shops selling items such as wooden handicrafts, leather goods, jewelry, clothing, and bootleg CDs. The Old Chinese shops in Phuket Town (around Talang and Ranong Roads) have a great atmosphere and sell wonderful furniture, antiques, art, and traditional medicines.


To getaway from the heat of the day, the night markets are a must. On Patong Beach Road the market gets underway at 6.30pm and haggling is a must. You will find anything from CDs, silk scarves and sarongs to leather goods. The night market in Phuket Town is a wonderful place to sample authentic Thai, Muslim and Chinese food.


There are also village markets in Kamala (Wednesday and Saturday afternoons) selling fresh produce and also at Bang Tao Village (Friday and Tuesday afternoons).


To getaway from the heat of the day, you can spend a bit more money in the air-conditioned Ocean Plaza department stores which offer a wide range of shops.


Popular items to buy are silk, tailor-made clothing, gems, pearls, gold, and jewelry, antiques, leather goods, and cashews.

Food & Drink

  • Baan Rim Pa Restaurant

  • The Boathouse Restaurant

  • Ruen Thong Restaurant

  • Thai Nann Restaurant

  • Phuket Thai Village and Orchid Garden

  • Bang Tao Beach Bar & Cafe

  • The Royal Kitchen-Chinese Restaurant

  • Toto Restaurant & Piano Bar

  • Viva Mexico Restaurant



There are numerous bars, pubs, clubs and go-go joints to keep you occupied during your stay. The main street in Phuket Town has a variety of discos, but there are only 3 nightclubs which are in Patong Beach and generally get going after 10 pm:


  • Banana Discotheque, Patong
  • Safari Disco, Patong
  • Tiger Entertainment, Patong Beach & Kalim


For something a bit different there is always Simon Cabaret in Patong which offers a drag queen spectacular. Of course, a trip to Thailand wouldn’t be complete without catching a bout of kickboxing (Muay Thai). But if you want something that will appeal to the whole family there is always the Phuket Fantasea night time cultural theme park (Kathu) or Phuket Orchid Garden and Thai Village for displays of Thai dancing and elephant shows.


Patong Beach is where probably the highest concentration of bars is. Below are just A few of the names to look out for.


  • The Hourglass Bar, Patong
  • Molly Malones, Patong Beach
  • Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, Patong
  • Timber Hut, Phuket Town

festivals month

  • March

    Thao Thep Krasatri-Thao Sri Suntrol Festival
  • April

    National Fisherman’s Day
  • May

    Chao Le Boat Floating Festival
  • August

    Chinese Por Tor Festival
  • October

    Phuket Vegetarian Festival
  • November

    Tourist Season Opening Festival (Patong Carnival)
  • December

    Tourist Season Opening Festival (Patong Carnival)


Phuket is ideally located for several excursions, many of which will involve a boat trip which can be quite an adventure on their own. Of course, this isn’t so great if you suffer from seasickness. Your hotel will be able to provide you with details of possible excursions along with details of local tour companies.


But just to get you started, here are a few suggestions.


  • Phang Nga Bay
  • Phi Phi Islands
  • Krabi
  • Ko Hae (‘Coral Island’)
  • Khao Sok National Park

Health & Safety

Do not drink the local water as it can often cause diarrhoea. To avoid this always drink bottled water which is inexpensive and widely available and make sure you drink plenty to avoid dehydration. You should also avoid having ice in your drinks and always brush your teeth with bottled water.


Avoid eating fruit and vegetables that are unwashed or sold unpeeled. Also unpasteurised milk should be boiled before drinking and avoid any dairy product that contains unpasteurised milk.


Always check with your GP before travelling to ensure you have any necessary vaccinations before your holiday. You should also ensure you have sufficient medical insurance in place before travelling.


When swimming, beware of strong riptides which can be dangerous. If you are taking part in water sports make sure you are with a reputable company and preferably one that is affiliated to an international training company.


Take care of your valuables as pickpockets have been known to operate in crowded tourist areas. Avoid taking your valuables to the beach and never them your bags unattended.