Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, scattered with wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, and plenty of perfect spots for beach lounging. White-sand beaches wrap around the tropical southern and western coasts, where you’ll find some of the finest hotels and spas in the country. Every beach has its own personality, from the upmarket Surin and family-friendly Rawai to the party-fuelled atmosphere of Patong.
What to Do in Phuket
- The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is a wonderful sanctuary that adopts gibbons.
- Explore Sirinat National Park and wander along the pristine beaches of Nai Thon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao, surrounded by 22 square kilometres of jungle-swathed coastal land.
- Stand in the shadow of the 45-metre-tall Big Buddha, on the Nakkerd Hills.
- Walk down one of the longest beaches in Phuket, Bang Tao, which offers 8 kilometres of white sand lined with bungalows and luxury resorts.
- Spend some time at Phromthep Cape, the perfect spot to view the lukewarm Andaman Sea.
Phuket Travel Tips
The best time to book your Phuket flights is for the dry season (November to April). Taxis and tuk-tuks are the main form of transport, although they can be overpriced. One way to avoid being overcharged is to keep the phone number of a metered taxi and use the same driver for the duration of your stay.