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Why is Phuket so popular?

Why is Phuket so popular? And what makes people come back to Phuket countless times? There are many good reasons to visit Phuket, and we picked the answers we thought were the most important.

Of course, there will always be some exceptions: some travellers didn’t like it, some had unfortunate experiences. Some expats are grumpy because they forgot how lucky they are here and why they originally left. Of course, just like in any country, a few people are good, but the vast majority are, and hospitality and safety are higher than average here, by far.

At the end of the day, why do people still come to Thailand? Because there are not many other countries in the world offering all the things listed below in one place!


1. Of course, the beaches of Phuket!

Phuket is blessed with more than 40 fantastic beaches, more than one could visit in a single holiday. And that’s for Phuket only! Trying to count all the dream beaches around Thailand would be impossible. The beaches in the south can be quite busy, but those in the north are equally beautiful and still peaceful. White powder sand with turquoise blue waters lined by swaying palm trees don’t only belong to Instagram; there are real here!

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2. Amazing landscapes

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

Thailand is a photographer’s paradise with places like Krabi and Phang Nga Bay with jaw-dropping viewpoints for fantastic sunsets. You don’t even have to be a good photographer here; everyone will go home with stunning photos.

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3. So many islands!

There are countless islands accessible from Phuket. The closest islands are just a 10 minutes longtail boat ride away, and others are worth a day trip or even a couple of nights. You can also spend a day hopping from island to island on a private cruise around the bay east of Phuket.

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4. Thai People

thai-smile

The first thing you notice in Thailand is the way Thai people naturally smile at you for no particular reason. It’s surprising at first, but it seems to become quickly contagious. They are also surprisingly polite, prompt to share their food and very cheerful. After the tsunami, I was amazed by their resilience in the face of such unimaginable events. They are friendly, tolerant, respectful and easygoing. Isn’t it better to be in a country where people are healthy, smiling and friendly?


5. Amazing Thai food

Thai food is famous the world around. From basic street food to sophisticated Michelin Restaurants, the variations and choices of delicious Thai food seem endless. Often using simple ingredients, spices and sauces, Thai food doesn’t even make you fat (and Thais love to nibble all day long). Of course, there is a limit on how much you should eat, but considering how fantastic the choice is, Thai people look pretty healthy!

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6. So many tropical fruits!

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The choice of tropical fruits you can taste in Phuket is like a dream come true. You can buy them at the market, on the street displays, or have them peeled and cut for you for a couple of baht from a street cart.

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7. Warm weather all year round

similans-islands

How about an entire year without ever feeling cold. Sure, you could argue that it can be ‘too hot’ from April to June, but even during the monsoon, the weather and water at the beach remain delightfully warm.

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8. Explore night markets

Banzaan Night Market

Night markets are fun to spend some time at the end of the day in Phuket. A few of them are only open on weekends, such as the Sunday Walking Street Market in Phuket Town, and some others are open on weekdays, such as the popular Chillva Night Market. Night markets are not about shopping as much as eating, drinking, listening to music and having fun browsing an incredible array of food, objects and cloth.

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9. Phuket Never-Ending Party

Illuzion Night Club

With such an easygoing lifestyle, it’s no surprise that the party is everywhere in Phuket. Is there a better way to end a day at the beach than in a beach club, on a rooftop bar or party until morning in a nightclub with international DJs after exploring the famous Bangla Road? There is no place like this in the world to offer all these things in a single day and a single location, and it doesn’t even cost much!

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10. Beautifully crafted temples

Wat Chalong Phuket

You will be surprised to see how many Buddhist temples and Chinese shrines are on such a small island. From the famous Wat Chalong to the iconic Big Buddha, we counted more than 25 temples and dozens of shrines.

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11. The cost of life

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Thailand is an incredible value for money for a holiday, considering what is on offer. You can travel on a small budget and have a fantastic time without breaking your piggy bank. Alternatively, if you have enough money, you can treat yourself to extravagant hotels, cruises and parties on a tropical beach. Yes, Phuket is indeed more expensive than the rest of Thailand, but it is still an incredible value for money.


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12. The easy-going lifestyle

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Have you ever heard the words ‘Mai Pen Rai’? Mai Pen Rai has several meanings, but it means “Don’t worry” in most cases. It eases the little daily annoyances that we often take too seriously. No unnecessary stress, and if today wasn’t all that good, tomorrow would surely be better. Thailand is a very tolerant country of religions, races, and behaviours. Thai people are not inclined to confrontation, as long as you know the limit of this tolerance.


13. Thai hospitality and amazing hotels

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If you have travelled the world a fair bit and experienced hotels in other countries, you already know what we are talking about. Even the cheapest hostel in Phuket welcomes you like you were somebody special. Sometimes it’s not much, but you can instantly feel how welcome you are and how much attention is given to the little details that will make your stay unforgettable. There are no grumpy receptionists or greedy bellboys in Thailand (unless you are bad luck, it does happen!). The welcome does feel genuine in Phuket.

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14. Thai culture and colourful festivals

loy-kratong

Thailand’s culture is visible everywhere, and Thai people are very respectful of traditions. Being predominantly Buddhist, superbly crafted temples and Chinese shrines highlight each town, from the stunning Wat Phra Keow in Bangkok to the most modest shrine. Early morning in many streets, you can witness the traditional almsgiving to monks. And there are amazingly colourful festivals! From the beautiful floating candles of Loy Krathong to the wild water parties of Songkran, without forgetting the hair-raising Vegetarian Festival.

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15. Phuket is Safe

Travelling Alone in Phuket

Phuket is safe, probably safer than most other countries. Of course, the experience might differ for each traveller, and occasional incidents can happen, but overall, if you follow the common-sense safety rules, you should never have to worry. The two main safety issues in Phuket would probably be swimming in the low season or driving a motorcycle. We give a few pieces of advice on this page, but once again, keep in mind that these safety tips use common sense.

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Willy Thuan
https://www.phuket101.net/
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.