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Phuket Travel Guide 2024 – Discover Phuket With Us!

An Insider’s Travel Guide to Phuket Island

Our Phuket Travel Guide shares 30 years of passionate exploration and photography to help you plan your trip. We’ll help you prepare it, and decide where to stay to fit your holiday style, pick all the best things to do and even discover some hidden gems off the beaten track, secret beaches and amazing islands. Try with us some real local food in local restaurants, explore night markets, and discover the notorious nightlife and the famous Bangla Road in Patong Beach.

1st time in Phuket? Start here!

There are usually 5 steps to plan a perfect trip to Phuket: When to goHow long should you stayWhere to stayWhich HotelWhat to do with your precious holiday time after you finally have dropped your suitcase in the perfect hotel! We help you with each of these steps… and more!

Phuket Trip Planner 2024

Planning your trip to Phuket is, of course, optional. You could just book a flight and a hotel for the first night and take it from here. However, it can help you make the best of your time and budget to look at the huge amount of opportunities, especially if you travel as a family! We made it simple and ... Read More

What to Do in Phuket in 2024?

Phuket is Thailand’s largest and best-known island, about 850 km southwest of Bangkok. The island is relatively small: 48 km north to south, and 21 km west to east which makes it easy to explore in a day or two. Beyond 40 superb beaches, the list of things to see and do during the day is vast: the Big Buddha, the many beautiful temples and the streets of Old Phuket Town are just the most popular.

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Then you have even more exploration to do just outside Phuket: Phang Nga Bay with James Bond Island and Samet Nangshe Viewpoint, plus dozens of tropical islands with stunning sceneries that are just a short boat ride away. There are activities for everyone: scuba diving, snorkelling, golf, ziplining and muay Thai for active travellers, cooking classes and spas if you prefer to take it easy. Families are not forgotten! kids can feed the elephants, learn to surf safely and play in water parks.

63 BEST THINGS to DO in Phuket – True reviews by locals!

What are the best things to do in Phuket is one of the most important questions people ask us when planning a trip. We explored the island for 30 years to bring you the best of Phuket, sorted in what we saw and what people liked the most among the incredibly vast range of attractions, activities and tours, from fabulous ... Read More

Must See in Phuket and Around

The 20 Best Tours in Phuket 🏝️

There are a lot of Phuket Tours to explore in and around the island, and many places are easy to reach, so what are the best? Some other great places need a boat or a minibus ride and a bit of planning ... Read More

Phuket Map and Beaches Locator

Our map will help you locate the many beaches and visualise our small island’s geography.

Beach Map and Travel Guide

The Beaches of Phuket

Phuket Island has more than 40 amazing beaches so it is important to keep in mind a few useful facts that could help you pick which beach you wish to stay on, and which beach you want to explore during your holiday. We also remind you that the situation is very different during the high season and the low season.

  1. Most of the sandy beaches are on the west coast.
  2. The most popular beaches are in the southwest, but they are also the busiest: Patong, Kata and Karon beaches can be bustling during the high season.
  3. The central west part of Phuket is getting trendy: Kamala and Bang Tao Beaches offer now a lot of fancy restaurants and beach clubs and a vast choice of 4 and 5-star resorts at affordable prices.
  4. The northwest beaches are peaceful with enough restaurants and great hotels for a great holiday, such as Naithon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao beaches.
  5. There are still some hidden secret beaches!

Your Patong Beach Guide

Patong Beach ⛱️

Patong Beach is the most popular beach resort town in Phuket, with a 3 km long beach and an immense choice of hotels, restaurants and shops, and legendary nightlife. What makes it so attractive to many is often what other people dislike most about it ... Read More

Other Beaches of Phuket

Phuket Hotels and Accommodation

There is a vast range of hotels for all budgets, and it can be challenging to pick the right beach and hotel. Most hotels are on the main beaches of the island: Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala, Bangtao, Maikhao and Old Town. Before diving into this section of our travel guide, it is good to think about what you want your holiday to be like.

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Party near the beach, quiet and remote? Are you planning to spend a lot of time in your hotel to mainly relax or is it just a base to explore the island? What is your budget, when do you plan to visit? Is the weather important or can you take a bit of rain for better prices? In the past 12 years, we have explored and reviewed hundreds of hotels on the island, from luxury to budget, from beachfront resorts to private villas.


Where to Stay in Phuket in 2024?

Picking the right beach to book your hotel can and will significantly impact your holiday. There are 44 beaches in Phuket, and they can be divided into four categories, plus Phuket Town. The beaches where most people book their hotels are Patong Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Bang Tao, and Kamala, but there are also great hotels on fantastic quiet ... Read More

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Phuket Video

Islands Nearby

As your plane approaches Phuket island, and if you are lucky enough to have a window seat, you will be amazed by how many islands you will fly over! In the northeast, the vast Phang Nga Bay on the island’s northeast is home to hundreds of those exotic islands, often consisting of tall limestone cliffs with a beautiful crescent of white sand that reminds of Robinson Crusoe.

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Cruising east and southeast, Phi Phi Islands are the best known, but there are other gems where we often go for a break, such as Racha Island, Coral Island, Rang Yai and Koh Yao, to name a few. Island hopping is very easy to organise for an unforgettable day trip. Similan Islands is another iconic gem open only during the high season (October to May) and located a bit far in the northwest area.

Phuket with Kids

Travelling to Phuket with kids offers a perfect blend of family fun and relaxation with the island’s beaches, attractions, and exciting adventures. Kids can enjoy building sandcastles on picturesque shores, exploring vibrant markets, and visiting attractions like the Aquarium and ethical elephant sanctuaries. Family-friendly accommodations with pools and childcare services make for a comfortable stay.

Where and What to Eat?

Thai food is an endless discovery and if food is as important to you as it is to us, Phuket will surprise you! Experience true local food with us, as there is much to enjoy in south Thailand, from the cheapest street food to Michelin restaurants and everything in between.

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You can find great Thai food by the roadside for just 50 baht or have a fancy dinner with a sunset on a romantic terrace by the sea. The choice of Thai food is staggering! and we share new places as we discover them. You can start with the classic and well-known Thai dishes and the amazing seafood, try some excellent street food, and then experience real southern specialities.

Nightlife

Patong Beach nightlife has always been legendary; it’s pretty unique and as fun and wild as you want it to be Bangla Walking Street, also known as Bangla Road is where you will find clubs with famous international DJs, excellent live music bands that won’t cost you more than a drink to enjoy, dozens of easy-going beer bars, and, of course the go-go bars that always trigger curiosity. While Patong is the beating heart of the nightlife here, each beach resort has something to offer after dinner, from rooftops to beach clubs, all the way to simple bamboo bars on the sand, facing the ocean!

 

Shopping

The shopping scene is vast, cheap and surprisingly fun. With so many street stalls, night markets and bazaars, anyone can find something to take back home. The Sunday Walking Street Market is the most talked about, but at least six more markets are open on weekdays, including Chillva Market and Naka Market in Phuket Town but also Malin Plaza in Patong Beach.

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Jungceylon Shopping Mall in Patong is an all-time favourite as, beyond just shopping, it offers entertainment, spas and tons of excellent restaurants to keep you busy on a rainy day or in the evening. Just next to Jungceylon, Banzaan Fresh Market is a great opportunity to discover the surprisingly vast range of tropical fruits, vegetables, spices and ingredients used in Thai cuisine. If you are in Phuket Town, Central Floresta is now the largest shopping mall.

 

Useful Information

This section of our travel guide covers all the aspects and elements you need to plan your first or next trip, from the correct Phuket pronunciation to weather information, when is the best time to come, weather information month by month (even with a live webcam!), where to exchange money at the best rates as there are many options for getting Thai Baht, but the best rate is in the street and at the many ATMs around the island. We also share some driving, car rentals and scooter rental information, but keep in mind that driving here can be challenging for beginners!

Beyond Phuket

The following sections are still growing, designed to help you plan a stopover in Bangkok or a trip to the nearby Krabi or even Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand. We are currently spending a lot of time exploring two nearby destinations: Khao Lak and Krabi.