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Phuket Travel Guide

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Thanks for visiting the Thailand Travel Hub's travel guide to Phuket. Here you can explore the tropical island of Phuket, located of the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Discover some of the best places to go on the island, top things to do, best hotels and resorts as well as travel tips, travel advice, travel resources and booking information.

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The largest of Thailand’s islands and a hotbed for luxury travel – with beautiful 5-star hotels, absolutely stunning white sand beaches, a nightlife scene that transcends everything you might have heard about Patong and some fantastic chances for island-hopping. To top it off, the capital Phuket Town is one of Thailand’s prettiest and most charming towns – with rows of brightly coloured houses and Sino-Portuguese mansions – but few travellers pull themselves far enough from the beaches to see it. Phuket is luxurious and idyllic, highly explorable and so very difficult to leave.

Getting to Phuket & How to Get Around

Phuket faces west to the beautiful azure of the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand. There’s a road connection to the island via two short road bridges that shoot from the mainland in the Phang Nga Provence, as well as Phuket International Airport on the north of the island, as well as speedboat transfers from Ko Hae, Ko Phi Phi and Krabi. If your traveling from Bangkok to Phuket, there are a number of transport options from Flights leaving Don Mueang or Suvarnabhumi Airports, VIP buses from the Southern Bus Terminal or Khao San Road or a combination of Train and Bus from Bangkok's Hualampong Train Station.

There are lot's of great ways to get around Phuket, from taxi's, motorbike taxi, songthaew, buses and by renting your own motorbike.

Car & Motorbike Taxi

There are plenty of Car and Motorbike Taxi's in Phuket, they are absolutely everywhere, hail them down and ensure you agree on a price before set off. One of the best ways to get around Phuket is to rent a motorbike. You can rent motorbikes from hotels, tour/travels agents and motorbike rental businesses. Try to rent from your hotel as many other rental places will require you to leave your Passport with them. Remember you should have a valid motorbike licence for the bike (check your licence and see what engine power you are legally allowed to drive), possession of an international driving licence and insurance. There are many motorbike accidents involving tourists every year, so our advise would be to only rent motorbike if you are a confident and experienced rider. Wear a helmet at all times.

Songthaew

Songthaew's run from Ranong Road in Phuket Town and on to Phuket's most popular destinations such as Chalong, Kamala, Kata, Karon, Makham Bay, Nai Harn, Nai Yang, Patong, Rawai, Surin and Thalang. Songthaew's do not have any bus stops, you just need wait and flag one down. Pay your fare to the driver and then press the buzzer when you wish to get off. Fares start from 15 baht and a typical journey to Phuket Town from one of the main beach towns will cost around 30 baht. Songthaew's always return to their origin at Ranong Road in Phuket Town, so unfortunately you can't get a Songthaew from beach to beach. Songthaew's run from 7am to 6pm.

Airport Bus

An Airport Bus runs from Phuket International Airport to Phuket Town Bus Terminal, which leaves every hour starting at 7.30am to 9.30pm from outside the arrivals hall in the domestic terminal. You will need to look out for the orange bus, the fare is 100 baht. When you exit the arrivals hall just turn left to reach the pickup point. If you are going to Thalang, Kamala Beach, Surin Beach, Bang Tao Beach, Por Bay you can get off at Horoines Monument for a connecting bus. If your going to Patong Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach or Rassada Pier you will need to get a connecting bus at the Phuket Bus Terminal.

Best Things to See & What to Do in Phuket

Phuket Beaches

Discover the beautiful Beaches around Phuket

There are some truly stunning beaches in Phuket. In Kata for example there’s the gorgeous Kata Noi, which retains a slightly rustic ambience with far less crowds than its lively neighbour Kata Beach, while in Surin, you’ll find the curvaceous Laem Singh Beach – which is surrounded by thick rickets of forest and the most beautiful aquamarine waters.

Scenic Nai Thon Beach is one of our favourites though. A part of the Sirinat National Park – meaning that in terms of development, it’s been almost entirely left alone.

Kamala Beach is another pretty beach that has retained some of its original charm and has a lovely fishing village attached to it with a few restaurants and bars. Stick to the north side of the beach if you want to avoid the crowds.

The more popular beaches include Freedom Beach in Patong, Karon Beach and the once secret Banana Beach – which despite efforts to keep it cloaked in mystery is now a constant on the tourist trail.

Diving around Phuket

Diving & Snorkeling around Phuket

The surrounding waters of Phuket offer some the best diving sites in the world, such as the world renowned Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock and Koh Tachai to the North and dive sites such as the King Cruiser Wreck, Anemone Reef, Racha Yai, Racha Noi and Phi Phi Islands to the south. Checkout our article on the best dive sites in Phuket to find out more.

Phuket hosts some of the best diving experiences and marine life in the world, which keeps divers from all over the world coming back time and time again. There are an extraordinary amount of fish species, including angelfish, lionfish, scorpionfish and trumpetfish, as well as manta rays, seahorses and of course sharks. Whale shark, reef sharks and leopard sharks are all commonly spotted. You can also expect to experience some amazing coral reefs, shipwrecks, sea caves, pinnacles, shelves and swim-through's.

Phuket is also an excellent place to learn how to dive and get your PADI Open Water Certification.

Phang Nga Bay

Explore Phuket Island & Beyond

But the island’s immense size means that you can pretty much avoid whichever of these you find the most disagreeable – or even drop off the radar entirely to the rainforests and inland hills, explore the islands of Phang Nga Bay (do not go to James Bond Island if you want to avoid people) or simply laze on a beach all day sipping cocktails.

Phuket Temples

Visit the stunning temples in Phuket

There’s a good amount of temples on Phuket but some of the most ornate are Khao Rang Read on Khao Rang Hill in Phuket Town and Wat Chalong, which sits about 10 kilometres outside of Phuket Town and holds amongst its many temples and artefacts a bone fragment from the Buddha.

Phuket Nightlife

Experience the buzzing nightlife In Phuket

When the sun sets, Phuket nightlife bursts into action – from Bangla Road and it’s bazillion bars and clubs through to the island’s vast collection of sunset bars that straddle the hillsides and resorts on every shore of the island.

Food In Phuket

Experience the amazing food & learn to cook

There are also some genuinely fantastic restaurants in Phuket – so don’t be tempted to avoid the more expensive options – such as the stylish Siam Supper Club in the Cherngtalay district or the wonderful Blue Elephant in the Muang District, which serves up creative and delicious seafood dishes in the opulent surrounds of a former governor’s mansion.

Keep reading to explore some of the top places to go, things to do and some of the top accommodation options that Phuket has to offer.

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