Phuket Holidays

Phuket sits on Thailand's west coast and is the country's best known and largest island. Its wide appeal is thanks to a mix of strikingly handsome beaches, majestic mountains and rainforests which intermingle with second to none dining, shopping and entertainment.

Lively Patong is the island's main resort with a long stretch of fine white sand alongside a wide choice of activities, eateries, nightlife and shopping options. South of Patong is slightly quieter Karon, known for its long beach, excellent snorkelling and good selection of shops and eateries; while on the sheltered south east coast is tranquil Panwa Bay.

Just a few minutes south of Karon Beach are the palm-lined white sands and clear waters of Kata Beach. It’s a popular choice for families and those seeking a good selection of restaurants, bars and shops. From May to October, Kata is also popular with surfers who flock here to catch the waves.

Further up the west coast is Bang Tao Bay, a four mile stretch of beach home to some of Phuket's most luxurious resorts, including those within the Laguna Phuket Resort which are clustered around a series of inland lagoons. There is a small shopping mall within the resort, an 18-hole golf course and the nearby village of Cherng Talay has a variety of good value restaurants.

Clearly the palm-fringed beaches are the main attraction, however venture away from the soft sands and you'll find plenty to explore including the recently constructed Big Buddha, Thalang National Museum, Ton Sai Waterfall and ornate Wat Chalong - one of Phuket's most important temples. Take a stroll around Old Phuket Town and you'll discover turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese architecture and funky shops while families may enjoy Phuket Aquarium, Cable Jungle Adventure or Phuket FantaSea Show.

Phuket is also the gateway to many smaller islands that are well worth exploring; while a must-see is stunning Phang Nga Bay with its sheer limestone outcrops jutting vertically from the emerald-green water. Choose from a leisurely cruise or perhaps enjoy a closer look by joining a guided sea kayak tour.

The island also offers a great variety of shopping, from bustling open-air food markets, noisy night markets, to boutiques and department stores. Visiting one of the many markets offers a glimpse of local life and popular markets include Phuket Weekend Market in Phuket Town, Banzaan Market in Patong Beach and the Night Market of Old Phuket Town. Karon Shopping Plaza has a wide range of souvenirs and clothing, Plaza Surin offers boutique-style shopping and Premium Outlets Phuket has genuine designer goods at significant discounts.

It really is impossible to go hungry in Phuket as the number and diverse array of restaurants is quite astounding, although the larger resorts do offer more choice particularly when it comes to international cuisines. As you might expect from an island, seafood is a speciality and features widely in restaurants and food stalls all over Phuket.

Why visit Phuket?
  • Fantastic beaches
  • Great value hotels and resorts
  • Watersports galore
  • Lots to see and do
  • Vibrant nightlife in Patong
  • Renowned for seafood
  • Gateway to Phang Nga Bay
Featured Hotel in Phuket
Amari Phuket excursion

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Amari Phuket

Amari Phuket is a popular resort, hidden away on a secluded beach yet still near busy Patong, offering panoramic views and a relaxed atmosphere.

7 nights from £1299 pp

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Essential facts about Phuket
Local Time

GMT +7 hours

Currency

Thai Baht

Travel information

There are no direct flights from the UK to Phuket. Bangkok is approximately 11 hours 30 minutes (non-stop flights) from the UK and the onward flight to Phuket is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.

Best time to go

Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate enjoying warm weather year round, although November to March is considered the best time. April to May and September to October are the hottest months and the rainy season is between May and October, however this usually means short heavy downpours and not long spells of rain.

Unmissable Experiences in Phuket
Phuket City Tour excursion
Phuket City Tour

Discover the cultural landmarks and iconic beaches of stunning Phuket on this half-day introduction to the sights and sounds of Thailand's largest island. Get your bearing as you zip between sun-soaked beaches, stopping at viewpoints for panoramic vistas. Next up is the striking Wat Chalong Temple before heading to Phuket Town where you pop into a cashew factory to taste and shop for nutty souvenirs.

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Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer Programme excursion
Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer Programme

This is a unique opportunity to spend a meaningful and exciting day volunteering at Phuket’s first ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket. You’ll assist with tasks and immerse yourself in daily life at the sanctuary. This may include cleaning and tidying, food preparation for the elephants, cleaning out the night shelters and maintenance work. No experience is needed, you just need to be fit and able to work as a part of a team in the hot humid climate – rain or shine! Not suitable for children. Price includes snacks, drinks and a vegetarian meal.

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Sea Kayak excursion
Sea Kayak

A full day tour from Phuket, including lunch, which takes you into Phang Nga Bay. With a skilled canoe guide you’ll paddle through sea caves and “hongs” (open-air cliff-lined cylindrical tidal lagoons. Of course, there are many secluded beaches and you'll stop off at one for swimming.

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Phang Nga Bay by Speedboat Tour. Full day including lunch excursion
Phang Nga Bay by Speedboat Tour. Full day including lunch

Visit the Phang Nga Bay’s most famous landmark, James Bond Island, so called after it appeared in the film The Man with the Golden Gun. Explore Talu Island by canoe, allowing you to marvel at hidden caves and lagoons. Enjoy a traditional Thai set lunch at a village built on stilts in the sea, before you have the chance to cool down at some swimming spots.

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