Phuket is the largest and most famous island of Thailand. It is truly a heaven of sandy beaches with fantastic landscapes to discover in many ways. In our private Phuket blog, we share 25 years of true island exploration and secrets with thousands of photos, tips, recommendations and even maps. Discover with us the last hidden beaches and some amazing islands like Phi Phi islands and the dreamlike Similan Islands. This blog is here to help you plan your first or next holiday to Thailand with all the best things to do in Phuket, but also many hidden gems off the beaten track! Try the amazing Thai food in local Thai restaurants and even some cheap but delicious street food. Explore with us the many night markets and Phuket legendary nightlife: beach clubs, rooftops and where to party in the famous Walking street of Bangla Road in Patong Beach.
What to Do in Phuket?
There is so much to do in Phuket beyond the popular beaches: Wat Chalong, the Big Buddha, Phang Nga Bay, James Bond island and the old streets of Phuket town just to name a few. The island is relatively small in size, and easy to explore in a day and most attractions are just a short tuk-tuk ride away. If this is not enough, speed boats and ferries will take you to the famous Phi Phi islands and the superb Similan Islands.
Did you know that there are more than 40 beaches here and people travel a long way to enjoy their amazing white sand and legendary blue sea? Despite the unfounded belief that Phuket is crowded, most beaches in the north are peaceful, and some hidden beaches are still kept secret. The famous beaches are mostly in the south-west of the island. Patong beach, Kata beach and Karon beach can be bustling during high season so take the time to drive around and discover the beauty of Naithon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao beaches, near Phuket International airport.
Patong Beach nightlife has always been legendary, and indeed, it's pretty unique and as fun and wild as you want it to be. However, while Patong is still home to a lot of beer bars and go-go bars, the island has now a lot to offer to families and couples. There are many beach clubs, rooftop bars and international night clubs for everyone to enjoy, from sunset until the morning.
Phuket 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. Most markets still sell cheap copies of famous brands, but some new are now more creative and original. The Naka Market and the Sunday Walking Street Market, both in Phuket Town, are the most talked about but there are at least six more open on weekdays. Don't forget to bargain hard! For a more sophisticated shopping experience, there are now no less than three huge shopping malls to explore: Jungceylon and Central in Patong Beach, and Central Festival in Phuket Town.
Facts about Phuket
|Main city||Phuket Town|
|Distance to Bangkok||674 km|
|Airport||Phuket International Airport|
|Popular for||Beaches, Nightlife, Shopping|
What and Where to Eat in Phuket
If great food is important to you when travelling, you certainly will have a blast here in Thailand. There is so much to enjoy everywhere you will go, from the cheapest street food to Michelin restaurants. You can enjoy a great Thai dish by the road for just 50 baht or have a fancy dinner with a sunset on a romantic terrace by the sea. Just remember that Thai food served in Patong is a lot toned down compared to what Thai cuisine usually tastes, but we listed a lot of great local restaurants on this blog.
Who is and what is Phuket 101?
Phuket 101 blog is the passionate work of only 2 persons: Willy, who does the photography and the writing, and Faa, who helps with the research and handles all the complicated technical aspects of this blog (she's the smart one). The blog started in 2011, giving us the chance to explore and share the incredible experience that is Phuket and the south of Thailand.