Phuket is one of the most popular island options for anyone who is considering a holiday in Thailand – thanks in no small part to the fact that it caters for all manner of tourists.
For those who want to simply lie back and relax under the sun, there are numerous impressive beaches whilst those with a love of the party scene will enjoy the fact that Phuket is one of the best places to enjoy a night out.
There is also plenty of history and culture to explore and dramatic landscapes that are simply waiting to be explored.
As with other areas of Thailand, the best time to visit Phuket is arguably during the winter months, when it will still be relatively warm without being uncomfortable and there is also less chance of encountering rain.
Visit in the middle of summer and not only will the temperatures and humidity rise, you’ll also be travelling in the middle of the rainy season when heavy showers could well impact your trip.
One of the larger Thai islands, Phuket is home to mile-upon-mile of impressive coastline, ranging from the bustling resort of Patong to the more serene and peaceful offerings such as Kamala, where you can relax with a massage alongside the unspoilt sand.
Patong is also a great place to embrace the nightlife on offer on a trip to Phuket, with the island being one that burst into life when the sun goes down.
With a huge number of bars and restaurants, there is something to cater for all tastes – from those who want to dance until the early hours to those who want to sit back with a drink and listen to some live music.
Away from the beaches, Old Town Phuket is well worth a visit if you want to examine the history of the island with impressive old buildings that show the influence of the European and the Chinese – including stunning mansions that were once the home of Phuket’s tin barons.
When it comes to embracing the full Thai experience, there are few better places to go.
Bangla Road is the place to go if you are looking for some fun when the sun goes down on Phuket. Located in Patong Beach, the vibrant street is packed with different bars and restaurants that come alive every evening whilst you are also likely to encounter different street performers doing their thing.
The Big Bhudda is a 45 metre tall statue that has developed into one of the most important religious symbols on the island. The marble statue is located near to Chalong and the climb to the summit of the hill on which is sits is well worth it because of the views that are also available of the surrounding area.
Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay sits between Phuket and the mainland and is one of the most scenic destinations for visitors to the island, with it’s imposing limestone cliffs and network of collapsed caves. James Bond Island, which featured in the movie The Man with the Golden Gun, is one of the most famous islands located within the bay.
If you are travelling with the kids and want a day of fun then the Splash Jungle Water Park is a great option. Located in Mai Khao, the park features a selection of slides to suit all ages as well as a lazy river.
Head into some of the forested areas of Phuket and you can try your hand at ziplining through the treetop canopy. There are various different places where you can give it a go and if you’re an adrenaline junkie then it’s something that is certainly worth considering.
The coast around Phuket is fantastic for watersports, with diving being particularly popular in the clear blue waters. It doesn’t matter if you are an expert or novice, there are diving schools who can cater for all levels.
Packed with character, Old Phuket is a great place to go if you want to embrace the history of the island, with many shrines and temples sitting alongside buildings that have more than a hint of European influence on them from years gone by.
Phuket is home to some of the best cuisine you can hope to sample on a trip to Thailand, with a huge number of top quality restaurants spread across the island. Your taste buds will be in for a real treat – that much is guaranteed.