Phuket is the largest island of Thailand. Phuket is situated in the Andaman Sea waters off the west coast of Southern Thailand.
The island is among the finest beach destinations in the world offering magnificent bays, fine palm-fringed white sand beaches, glittering seas, picturesque small surrounding islands, delightful Sino-Portuguese architecture and memorable hospitality of local people to millions of visitors.
Phuket and surrounding islands are ideal for sailing, diving, snorkelling and other kinds of water sports. Thailand’s largest island is also a perfect base for visiting nearby tropical paradises, such as magnificent Koh Phi Phi Islands and mystical Phang Nga Bay.
There are plenty of accommodations available for any taste and budget, a wide choice of dining options and the famous nightlife in Phuket.
Beaches in Phuket
Phuket is surrounded by more than 30 magnificent beaches and the most popular beaches on the island are Patong, Kata, Karon and Kamala. These beaches on the south-west coast are typically very crowded, but in the north of the island you can find far more tranquil beaches offering romantic atmosphere.
Patong Beach is the most popular beach of Phuket. Here you can find a wide variety of restaurants, beer bars, go-go bars and nightclubs, most of them situated on just one street – Bangla Road. Patong beach is 3 km long white sandy beach that is perfect for swimming, sun bathing, and enjoying snorkelling, jet skiing, windsurfing and other water sports.
Kata Beach is wide 2 km long beach gently sloping into the Andaman Sea. The beach is lively and the nightlife here is fun, but not as noisy as Patong. There are several good restaurants, shops, viewpoints and various fun activities such as jet skiing, banana rides, water skiing, diving to local coral reefs and other water sports.
Karon Beach is one of the most beautiful and the third longest beach on the island. The beach is quieter and more relaxed than Patong which is nearby. This makes Karon a great place for people who want to stay in a more laid-back atmosphere but wish to have nightlife, shopping and various attractions not too far.
Kamala Beach is a long beach with a relaxed atmosphere which is just a short distance to the north from Patong. The northern end of the beach is peaceful for most of the time and the southern end can get quite busy in the high season. The beach is perfect for people who want to take it easy, and spend lazy days on the quiet beach.
6 km long Bang Tao Beach is the second longest beach of Phuket. This tropical white sand beach with the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea is perfect for people looking for a relaxing escape. Bang Tao Beach is a quiet destination with just a few shopping and nightlife entertainment options.
Mai Khao Beach is one of the most natural and quietest beaches of Phuket. At 11km, it is the longest beach on the island. Mai Khao Beach is far from everything and no nightlife activities can be found here. Most of the beach belongs to Sirinath National Park.
Rawai Beach is best known for its palm-fringed stretch of sand. The beach offers scenic views to nearby islands but isn’t suitable for swimming. Many long-tail boats are anchored along Rawai Beach as it’s the departure port for visiting Coral and Racha islands.
Nai Harn Beach is quiet and tranquil beach with white powdery sand and crystal clear water. The beach is not overdeveloped yet with only some great local restaurants and little other attractions around. Nai Harn Beach is a good place for people seeking solitude.
Lined with tall casuarina trees, Surin Beach is a beautiful white sand beach with clear water. Its remarkable natural beauty offers a peaceful stay. With limited attractions in the area, Surin Beach is a good place to escape and relax away from big crowds.
Attractions in Phuket
Phromthep Cape (Laem Phromthep) is located at the southernmost point of Phuket island. This picturesque cape is believed to be the best place to watch sunsets not only in Phuket but all Thailand.
There is also a shrine surrounded by hundreds of elephant statues and carvings in all sizes and colours nearby.
Phuket’s Big Buddha or Wat Phra Yai houses the largest Buddha image in Phuket. The temple is situated on the top of Khao Nak Koet mountain and offers spectacular panoramic views of Phuket and the surrounding islands. Big Buddha can be seen from many distant places in southern part of the island.
How to get to Phuket?
Ferries to Phuket
Buses to Phuket
Flights to Phuket
Phuket International Airport (HKT) is served by plenty of domestic and international flights so you will never be short of options to choose a flight to Phuket.
Weather in Phuket
Phuket has only two seasons - the wet and the dry. Weather conditions are at their best in Phuket from November to March, when a cooling wind keeps the heat at bay and humidity level is low here. From March to May the temperature rises and in April monsoonal weather usually arrives, which is expected to last until October.
For more detailed information about Phuket's weather patterns during the year check Weather in Phuket.