Phuket is the largest and best-known island of Thailand, and with sandy beaches, fantastic landscapes and great Thai food, it is a dream destination for everyone to discover. Our travel guide is one of the only personal blogs sharing real secrets, useful tips, local recommendations and many maps. 26 years of intense island exploration and 1000 photos!
Why is Phuket famous?
Phuket is famous for its amazing beaches and some exotic islands like Phi Phi islands and the dreamlike Similan Islands. This travel guide 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 fantastic 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?
The list of things to do in Phuket goes way beyond the beaches: Wat Chalong, the Big Buddha, Phang Nga Bay, James Bond island and the old streets of the town are just the most popular. The island is relatively small and easy to explore in a day or two, and most attractions are just a short tuk-tuk ride away. If this is not enough, speedboats and ferries will take you to the famous Phi Phi islands, Coral island and the superb Similan islands.
The Beaches of Phuket
With more than 40 amazing beaches to enjoy, it is always surprising for us to hear people complaining that Phuket is crowded. Most beaches in the north are peaceful, and some hidden beaches are still secret. The most famous and the busiest beaches are 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 the International airport.
Islands around Phuket
The vast bay between Phuket and Krabi is home to hundreds of exotic islands. Phi Phi Island is, of course, the best known, but there are other gems 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. On the west coast, the Similans are the most amazing islands you could dream of visiting.
Where to Stay in Phuket?
Phuket has a vast amount of hotels and accommodation of all kinds; it can be challenging to pick the right beach and them, the right hotel. Of course, everyone dreams of a hotel right on the beach, close to everything, but those always come with a high price tag, but thankfully, there are exceptions.
What and Where to Eat
If great food is essential 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.
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 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 Town.
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.
Who is and what is Phuket 101?
Phuket 101 blog is the passionate work of only two 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 Thailand.
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