Phuket Hotels and Apartments
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, Phuket is so big it doesn’t feel like an island at all. It’s located off the southwest coast of Thailand and is famous for its stunning natural beauty, with ivory-white beaches, blue-green waters and steep mountains cloaked in forest. Phuket has something for everyone, whether you want to laze on the beach, explore the depths of the ocean in a diving suit, party the night away or immerse yourself in the local culture. When it comes to beaches, you’re especially spoilt for choice. There’s over 40km worth of pristine sand, varying from packed to virtually untouched.
This hugely popular beach is the place to go for nightlife. It’s a place which never sleeps, with parties on the sand and in the streets. The main strip is closed to vehicles at night as people weave in and out of bars, clubs and discos. By day the area is no less lively, with an impressive selection of shops and souvenir stalls to visit as well as top class international restaurants to get your mouth watering.
Kata and Karon
These two beaches take the comfortable centre ground between busy and quiet, and are great for families and couples who want a more relaxing experience. They’re also only a short drive away from Patong if you want to amp things up. One of the main attractions of Kata and Karon is the fantastic diving and snorkelling on offer – just watch out for jellyfish!
This colourful town is a cultural melting pot, and is ideal if you want a break from the beach. It’s a haven of art houses, cafés, boutiques and fascinating old buildings. Here you might enjoy a cheap but tasty meal, explore the bustling markets, or catch a whiff of incense from one of the little Chinese Taoist shrines tucked away down a side street. If you don’t mind staying a short drive from the beach, Phuket Town also has some of the cheapest accommodation on the island.
Currency – Thai Baht (THB)
Time Zone – GMT+7
Travel Time – Phuket International Airport (HKT) – 12 hours from London