Surrounded by translucent seas and white beaches, with pineapple and rubber plantations covering the interior and a smattering of temples and mosques, Phuket is eternally popular with fun-lovers, sun-seekers and diving enthusiasts alike. Discover the colourful marine life by boat trip, sea kayak or scuba, then head into town to experience the buzzing nightlife.
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Both and island and a city, Phuket is overflowing with adventures. When not lazing happily on a deserted beach with a cocktail in hand, or trekking through dense jungles, you can visit lively markets, explore the temples and even sign up to learn Thai cookery skills. The gateway to Thailand’s Andaman Sea and its many islands, Phuket has plenty of white sand beaches of its own to choose from, as well as some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in the world.
Did you know?
At 222 square miles, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island.
Since it featured in The Man with the Golden Gun, Khao Phing Kan Island has been known as James Bond Island.
Phuket’s Big Buddha is a white marble structure 45 metres tall and offer 360° views of the southern part of Phuket Island.
Phuket boasts no less than 36 beaches, the most popular of which is Patong.
How to get around
Sail by longtail
Public transport in Phuket is limited, so on land a taxi is your best bet. If you know where you’re going, your hotel should easily be able to arrange a taxi or a transfer for you, but if you want a bit of freedom to explore, flag down a tuk-tuk and agree the price beforehand. Taxis can often be in the form of motorbikes or songthaews (like a pickup truck with a roof and benches in the back). To get out to the islands, you’ll need to join a tour or take a longtail boat ride, a quintessential Thai experience.