April 29th, 2019 | Updated on June 30th, 2022
Phuket Island is Thailand’s largest at 48km in length and 21km at its widest. It’s in Southern Thailand, on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga Province by a pair of short but substantial road bridges. A car from Phuket airport to Patong beach costs about 600 baht + 100 baht airport fee. As usual in Thailand, make sure your taxi driver turns on the meter when leaving.
Patong is a free-for-all and by far Phuket’s most notorious and divisive destination. Between the concrete, silicone and moral turpitude, almost anything is available for the right price and, while that’s true of other places in Thailand, Patong doesn’t try to hide it. Of course, that doesn’t mean you’re going to like it; some people avoid this part of Phuket entirely.
2. Phuket Town
Long before flip-flops, glossy resorts and selfie sticks, Phuket was an island of rubber trees, tin mines and cash-hungry merchants. Luring entrepreneurs from the Arabian Peninsula, China, India and Portugal, Phuket Town became a colourful blend of cultural influences.
Rawai is a delightful place to stay or live, which is why this laid-back stretch of Phuket’s south coast is teeming with retirees, artists and Thai and expat entrepreneurs, catered to by a booming service sector, countless relaxed, health-focused cafes and plenty of yoga and moo·ay tai (Thai boxing).
4. Kata Beach
Join this tour for a unique night dive experience in Phuket. This night dive has been designed for certified divers who are looking to experience Kata Beach House Reef at night. Straight from your hotel, be taken to the dive center to check out the equipment. After, head to the beach and begin your night dive experience directly from there.
The diving here is relaxed with a slight current to a maximum depth of around 10 meters. The perfect location for divers looking to make their first-night dive and for more experienced divers who simply enjoy night diving. Once your night diving experience is complete you will be taken back to the dive center for a rinse off before being transferred back to your hotel. Diving in small groups with a maximum of 4 people per guide.
A chilled-out hybrid of grittier Karon and glitzier Surin, Kamala is home to a large Muslim population and lures in a mix of longer-term, low-key visitors, including families, retirees and young couples. The sweeping golden bay is magnificent and serene, with palms and pines mingling on its leafy, rocky northern end, where the water is rich emerald green and the snorkelling around the rock reef is halfway decent.
The entire beach is backed by a paved path and lush rolling hills, though development is creeping in. Flashy resorts are carved into Kamala’s southern bluffs, jet skis make an appearance, and the arrival of two glam new beach clubs at the northern end of the bay spells an upmarket swing in the area’s vibe – but for now at least, most of Kamala remains relatively laid-back by Phuket standards.
Hat Karon is like the love child of Hat Patong and Hat Kata: chilled-out and starry-eyed but a tad sleazy. Despite Karon’s large resorts, it still has more sand space per capita than Patong or Kata and remains popular with families. The further north you go the more beautiful the broad golden beach gets, culminating at the northernmost edge (accessible from a rutted road past the roundabout) where the water is like turquoise glass.
7. Nai Harn
Basking in views across Hat Nai Han and the aqua-waved Andaman, the luxurious, white-walled Nai Harn is one of Phuket’s oldest hotels, now reinvigorated with crisp, contemporary design. Rooms cascade down the hillside; most enjoy sea panoramas, some have colourful cabanas and mod soaking tubs. A stylish spa complements a wealth of bars and restaurants, including terrific seaside Rock Salt.
8. Nai Yang
The liveliest and most developed of Phuket’s three relaxed northern national-park beaches, this sandy blonde casuarina-shaded bay, 3km south of the airport, is sheltered by a reef that slopes 20m below the surface – which means good snorkelling in high season and fantastic kitesurfing during the monsoon. Behind is a strip of seafood restaurants, hotels and mellow bars.
9. Old Town Cultural Heritage Tour
Phuket has a rich and profound history. This exclusive Old Town Tour starts in the evening and lets you discover the historical and cultural heritage that Phuket has to offer. Visit Wat Siray, Sunday Street Market, Phuket City Viewpoint and enjoy Phuket Heritage Trail and authentic Thai Dinner with a beautiful city view.
itinerary this is a typical itinerary for this productStop At Wat Ban Ko Si Rea, Ratsada, Phuket Town, Phuket situated on a hilltop on Siray Island, Wat Koh Siray Temple offers impressive sea and island views over Sapam Bay & Tukkae Cape, plus also of Phuket Town. The stairs lead up to the Nakas architecture Ordination Hall, where inside is a reclining, over 18 metres in length, Golden Buddha. Also not to be missed is the huge, stunning, golden Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.
10. Promthep Cape
You have to catamaran all to yourself sailing to the famous Promthep Cape to enjoy the sunset with your love ones. With our personalized service, inclusive of a light snack and 1 bottle of sparkling wine, you will get to enjoy this romantic sunset session like no one else. You get to see Promthep from a very view point – it’s a very stunning view- trust me!
Itinerary this is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Promthep Cape, Rawai, PhuketExperience Promthep Cape from a different view like no one else. Enjoy sunset right on the catamaran with sparkling wine. Thousands of people will be watching you on the boat enjoying the sunset. It’s a magical scene. And you have the boat all to yourself!
Top Hotels In Phuket
1. The Chava Resort
This luxury boutique resort is truly different from anything else in Phuket. Located just 100 mtrs from beautiful Surin Beach it is the ultimate in relaxation. With just 45 contemporary designed spacious apartments its remains intimate yet relaxed.
It’s variety of apartment configurations from two bedroom, two bathroom apartments through to five bedroom, five bathroom and penthouses are perfect for couples, families or groups. The Chava Resort will relax your mind, spoil your senses and fulfill your every need.
All the ground floor apartments enjoy private plunge pools, whilst the floors above enjoy extensive balcony’s with views to the beach or over the 35 mtr pool in the centre of the resort.
2. Avista Grande Phuket Karon
Nestled between Phuket’s spectacular white-sand Karon Beach and the island’s lush green mountains, Avista Grand Phuket Karon celebrates the island’s rich cultural history with a blend of modern luxury and Old World enchantment.
3. The Marina Phuket Hotel
Escape the bustling city and come aboard The Marina Phuket Hotel, a fabulous nautical style resort in Patong Beach. Just like the deck of a cruise liner, our rooftop is where it’s at! A stylish sea view playground to chill, swim, dine and drink at the sophisticated Skyline Rooftop & Corner Bar.
Stay at the rooftop all day for the relaxed poolside vibe, serene sundowners and romantic dinner under the stars. Our mixologists have exciting cocktails ready to tempt you with and live music events open to everyone. And when your fun-filled day draws to an end, your cozy cabin with plump luxury bedding awaits. Our Patong Beach hotel is about 15 minutes’ walk to the beach, shopping and nightlife district.
Close enough to enjoy the attractions, yet far enough to unwind in privacy with an extraordinary rooftop experience, pampering spa and superior personal service from our shipshape crew!
4. La Vintage Resort
” A Serenity Beyond.” La Vintage Resort is a luxurious yet affordable hotel cosily nestled down the quiet end of the famous Patong area. Only a few minutes from the sparkling white sandy beach. The place lies close to various Thai and international restaurants, shopping centres, and the colourful nightlife and entertainment hotspots at Bangla Road of Patong.
5. Banthai Beach Resort & Spa
Step into tranquility when you check in to Banthai Beach Resort & Spa. Set in the heart of Patong, directly opposite the white sandy beach and turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, we offer close proximity to the lively local area while providing a calming retreat from the hustle and bustle. Local markets, shopping malls, and the famous Patong nightlife are mere steps away.
6. Burasari Resort
A stylish, tranquil boutique resort in the best location only minutes from Patong’s beach, shopping, and nightlife. Property features swim-up bar, 2 pools & tour desk.
Burasari offers 182 comfortable rooms including custom-designed Mood Collection Rooms and Pool Access Rooms, with air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, free wireless internet and balcony.
7. Amari Phuket
Hidden away on a secluded beach near Patong, Amari Phuket (formerly known as Amari Coral Beach Phuket) is the ideal Phuket vacation spot no matter what you are seeking. With first-class restaurants, affordable luxury accommodation and a quiet beach, this island resort hotel offers a holiday experience unlike any other.
You can indulge in some well-deserved relaxation at the renowned Breeze Spa, offering a whole range of spa treatments and massages. Reward yourself, and come celebrate the magic of Phuket with Amari Phuket.
8. Boutique Resort Private Pool Villa
Boutique Resort Phuket is one of the secluded and relaxing resorts in the area. The resort is situated on the stunning east coast of Phuket where you can find and enjoy the luscious green tropical nature.
We set here to welcome you with five-star hospitality services. Our Resort is a great place for a honeymoon, private parties and family holiday that will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
9. Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa
We are a luxury Phuket private beach resort. Our tropical oasis is situated on our private Nakalay bay right next to Kamala and Patong. Relax at one of the few remaining unspoiled private beaches for a unique Phuket experience. As most space is dedicated to natural areas, you can truly enjoy a tropical paradise without disturbance from the outside world.
Lose yourself in the never-ending tropical gardens. Our free-form Lagoon swimming pool is considered one of the largest of its kind in South-East Asia. Take a stroll along the private beach and a splash in the glittering waters of the calm and clean Andaman Sea.
Never feel bored with a range of wellness activities including 5-Star Luxury Wellness Spa, Fitness Centre, and Thai Cookery Classes. You will experience the ultimate sense of space and freedom at our Phuket Kamala beach resort. The nearby town of Kamala boasts a long sandy beach while the famous Phuket destination of Patong is not much further down the road.
10. Lub d Phuket Patong
Lub d Phuket Patong offers the biggest hostel accommodation in ASIA. From comfort dorm to private room, it also features with large spaces for social activities such as Muay Thai gym, co-working space, breakfast and beverage bar and large swimming pool. Only 150 metres from Patong Beach. Bangla night life & Jungceylon shopping mall are both just a 15 minute walk away and 670 from Patong Boxing Stadium. Lub d Phuket Patong offers both private and dormitory rooms with air conditioning.
This stylish hostel features an outdoor pool, co-working space, cool down room, restaurant and free WiFi. Private rooms at Lub d are complete with a wardrobe, a safety deposit box, and a private bathroom. Some units have a minibar, a fridge or a coffee maker. Guests of dormitory rooms are provided with a personal locker, a safety deposit box and a towel. A hairdryer is available for both private and share accommodation.
Room types: – Deluxe double room – Junior double/twin room – Comfort dorm – Comfort Ladies’dorm Guests of Lub d Patong may approach staff at the 24-hour front desk for luggage storage service. Interesting excursion trips can be arranged at the on-site tour desk. Laundry service, a shared lounge, and meeting facilities are also available. Within 1 km of the property, guests can find Jungcylon Shopping Centre, while Patong Pier and Kalim Beach can be reached under 1.8 km of the hostel. Phuket International Airport is 23 km away. For meals, tasty cuisines can be sampled at the hostel’s restaurant. Alternatively, a number of dining outlets are just a few steps away from Lub d Phuket Patong.