An emerald island of karsts, golden sands and night-time revelry, Phuket is Thailand’s ultimate island playground

Peering out of the plane window, a surprising sight awaits. You might be just an hour from Bangkok, but suddenly the high-rise buildings have disappeared and in its place – an idyll of jade-coloured sea and islands topped with forest green. This is Phuket, Thailand’s biggest island and most popular destination for nightlife and golden beaches.

The word ‘busy’ sums up Phuket nicely. Travellers arrive as though en masse; you only need to step foot in Patong, the original party beach resort, before noticing everyone else. Most first-timers visiting Thailand feel drawn to Phuket and for many, its raucousness is part of its attraction. If you’re curious, you can stroll down one of the main nightclub stretches and watch the spectacle of neon lights, beer bars and dancing, but on an island this big it’s also easy enough to keep away from the hedonism. Stroll around a night market, sampling delicious Thai food and bartering for souvenirs; or spend a day getting into Phuket Town’s growing arts-and-crafts scene. And if you want a dazzling beach with the option of venturing into populated spots when you feel like it, you only need to head 20 minutes north or south down the coast before you find gorgeous, infinitely quieter beaches.

However you want to experience Phuket, talk to us and we’ll help plan your ideal Phuket holiday.

  • Relaxing on picture-perfect beaches on a beautifully rugged, emerald island
  • A great range of accommodation from serene hideaways to gorgeous resorts with award-winning spas
  • Visiting iconic filming spots including Khao Phing Kan and Koh Tapu, known as ‘James Bond Island’ as Scaramanga’s lair in The Man with the Golden Gun, and the paradisaical Maya Bay (closed June-September) from The Beach
  • Snorkelling and diving in the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay
  • Enjoying the buzz of Patong and its famous nightlife and night market.

Top hotels in Phuket

Kata Noi Beach

Kata Thani

from £1,172

Cape Panwa Hotel

from £1,003

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Time difference:

GMT +7 hours

Currency:

Baht

Flying time to destination:

11½ hours

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When to visit

Jan 31°c
Feb 32°c
Mar 32°c
Apr 32°c
May 31°c
Jun 30°c
Jul 30°c
Aug 30°c
Sep 29°c
Oct 30°c
Nov 30°c
Dec 30°c
Further climate information

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