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Phuket - The Pearl of the Andaman Sea

Around 30 miles in length, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and the country’s second most-visited destination after Pattaya. Despite the 2004 tsunami and the development upsurge in its wake, Phuket’s 30+ sandy beaches retain their magical allure. Along its western shores, exclusive resorts hug the rugged coastline, twinkling to life at night. Hedonistic haven Patong continues to draw crowds with its notorious party strip and the arrival of many wallet-friendly hotels. In the south, island-capital Phuket City has a thriving historic heart and is the gateway to Ko Phi Phi with ferries leaving from colourful and chaotic Rassada Pier.

A City Full of Surprises

Phuket City makes for a fascinating tour by foot, moped or tuk tuk. In its historic heart, colonial mansions, traditional Chinese-style shophouses and Sino-Portuguese properties mingle. Phuket City’s thriving restaurant scene offers travellers all manner of culinary adventures. English menus and talented local chefs are a given, while street-food vendors offer a fast fix at every turn. Souvenir-hunters delight in the dark antique shops, quirky gift-shops and small galleries. Known also as a destination for day-spas, Thai cookery schools and Buddhist retreats, there really is something for everyone. For panoramic views over Phuket City, visitors climb, cycle or take a tuk tuk up to the viewpoint and restaurant on Monkey Hill. At the very walkable city’s outer limits, the climate-controlled Central Festival Mall is where locals and tourists alike gather to cool down when the late-summer humidity becomes unbearable.

Take the Temple Trail

Phuket Island’s main districts have their own distinct cultural flavours. South-west coastal district Kathu is home to the 45m-high Big Buddha and the impeccably maintained Wat Karon temple complex which hosts a colourful bi-weekly night market. In northern district Thalang, visitors flock to see the half-buried Temple of the Golden Buddha, or the Thalang National Museum and the Heroines Monument, which mark the defeat of Burmese invaders back in the 18th century. Phuket City has several shrines to visit including the atmospheric Shrine of the Serene Light. The city’s historic architecture also includes a museum dedicated to the stamps of South East Asia, and another celebrating Phuket’s long trade-relationship with the Chinese. Further south, in the Chalong district, salmon-pink Wat Chalong has 36 golden Buddhas in various states of repose. Chalong Rum is Phuket’s only distillery and offers 30-minute tasting tours. Also in the south, Rawai is the home of the bohemian Phuket Art Village.

Living the Island Life

This super-sized Andaman island makes it impossible for visitors to stay indoors, with a zoo and a butterfly farm, three national parks and several world-class diving sites within easy reach. A few miles from Phuket’s shores, underwater enthusiasts can explore the abundant marine life at Koh Racha Yai, Shark Point and King Cruiser Wreck. In the far north, and just 15 minutes from the airport, Sirinat National Park offers pristine beaches and a wildlife reserve with sea turtles. In the east, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is home to gibbons, Malayan sun bears, flying foxes, mouse deer and other fantastic beasts. Dotted around the coastline, raised viewpoints allow for envy-inducing selfies, the finest of those being the Phromthep Cape Peninsula at the island’s southernmost point, which offers sublime sunset views and a strange ¬¬crab-shaped lighthouse, while nearby Siray Island has a long-established Sea-Gypsy community.©

Ain’t no Party like a Patong Party

Follow the general flow to find yourself shoulder-deep in vice-fuelled nightlife along neon-lit Bangla Road, where you’ll stumble into strip joints, massage parlours and karaoke bars brimming with beautiful hostesses attempting to bewitch tourists of their baht. Watch Thailand’s best boxers competing at the Bangla Road Stadium or explore the night markets near Jungceylon Shopping Plaza and marvel at some quality counterfeit goods. Try a spicy papaya salad in a backstreet restaurant and prepare to be hooked for life. Take a bayside nightcap on the balmy terrace of a promenade pub, or step inside to find talented cover bands and wildly dancing tourists. Pay a party tuk tuk to whisk you back to your hotel and enjoy blaring dance music and flashing disco lights en route. Recover on the spotless sands of Patong’s 2.2-mile beach and find your stamina for the inevitably long night ahead.

Where to stay – Phuket’s West Coast

Though many independent travellers fall for the lesser-visited districts in the south and east of Phuket, most package-tours focus on the west coast, where many of the island’s most striking beaches have evolved into small but vibrant seaside communities. Here, beach shacks and diving schools rub shoulders with luxurious spa resorts. Resort towns Karon, Kata, Nai Yang and Kamala are popular destinations for travellers in search of down time. On the northwest coast, seven-mile-long beach Mai Khao in Sirinat National Park offers several four-star spa resorts and the Splash Jungle Water Park. This area is a popular choice with families and those who need a hotel close to the airport. From here, travellers can reach the terminal buildings in 15 minutes and most resorts offer shuttles.

Price range

from ‎C$8to ‎C$14,580

Top hotels

    Hotel Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa Patong Beach

    Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa is a luxury resort nestling on an unspoilt private white sandy beach between Patong Beach and Kamala Beach on Phuket. The village is made up of Thai style bungalows - either around the pool, facing the beach or on the hilltop, with spectacular 180 degree ocean views, Jacuzzis and access by cable-car ! The air-conditioned units have private balconies or terraces along with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The main feature of Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa is its immense free-form lagoon pool – said to be one of the largest in south-east Asia – and its tropical gardens. If that's not relaxing enough, guests can also opt for a treatment at the spa. The hotel's restaurant offers romantic candle-lit meals by the beach. Guests can take advantage of a free shuttle bus and uncover the shops and entertainment of Patong Beach, ten minutes' drive away. more

    Hotel Novotel Phuket Resort Patong Beach

    Novotel Phuket Resort is a four-star hotel featuring a unique three-level outdoor pool, a children’s pool and fitness facilities. The hotel is a mile away from Bangla Night Street. Each of the 215 rooms is air-conditioned and features a balcony, in-room safe, a minibar, a coffee/tea maker and a private bathroom with a shower/tub combination. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a flat-panel TV and daily housekeeping. Novotel Phuket Resort features a business center, free self-parking, a sauna and a sprawling eight acre garden. Coffe House specializes in Asian cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Old Fisherman specializes in seafood and serves dinner only while Ruen Thong specializes in Thai cuisine. A buffet breakfast is available at a surcharge and is served every morning. The hotel has two onsite bars. The hotel is a mile away from Sphinx Theater and just over a mile from Jungceylon Shopping Center. more

    Hotel Arch Club Hotel Patong Beach

    The Arch Club Hotel Hotel is a small boutique hotel situated in Patong on the stunning Thai island of Phuket. This hotel is just a short 15-minute walk from the famous Patong Beach. This hotel offers 12 rooms, 3 of which have a private balcony. Each room has air conditioning, a safe and a flat-screen TV. A laundry service is offered at an additional fee. This hotel has free high-speed Wi-Fi and 24 hour reception. A shuttle service around town or to and from the airport is available as well as motorbike rental. The Arch Club Hotel Hotel offers free tea, coffee, bread and condiments for breakfast. There are many restaurants within a 5-minute walk of the hotel. Guests looking for a fun night out can go to Bangla Road which is a short distance from the hotel. Tiger Kingdom is just 3km from the hotel. more

    Hotel Hotel Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Patong Beach

    Hotel Grand Mercure Phuket Patong offers luxurious accommodation just a short walk away from the beach. A choice of rooms, suites and villas is available with features including hairdryer, flatscreen cable television and en suite bathroom with toiletries. Some rooms and villas also benefit from a balcony or pool access. Free Wi-Fi access is offered along with an airport shuttle service. Guests can relax and unwind in the Ryn Spa where a range of treatments can be booked and the fitness centre is an ideal place for a workout. A babysitting service is also offered as well meeting and event space. Bubbles Restaurant boasts an extensive menu and Chou Chou Deli Shop serves light snacks. Enjoy a drink in the Craft Beer Lounge or at the Bounce Pool Bar which also serves food. Hotel Grand Mercure Phuket Patong is around 55-minutes from Phuket International Airport and Tiger Kingdom Phuket is less than 15-minutes’ drive away. more

    Hotel FunDee Boutique Patong Beach

    FunDee Boutique Hotel operates a 24 hour reception and offers first class accommodation in the heart of Patong. We are located only minutes stroll to the beach, nightlife, restaurants, shopping centre and tourist attractions. Our hotel has a lift, bar, restaurant, 24 hour tourist desk, taxi, hire, laundry service, motorbike hire, and mini bar. Deluxe room (king or twin beds) - independent spring cup mattress, air-conditioning, large LCD cable TV, DVD player, electronic laptop safe, free WiFi, block-out blinds, hair dryer, coffee and tea. Superior room (king or twin beds) - independent spring cup mattress, air-conditioning, LCD cable TV, electronic laptop safe, block-out blinds, free WiFi. Standard room (king or twin beds) - spring mattress, air-conditioning, cable TV, safe, block-out blinds, free WiFi. more

    Hotel Lemongrass Patong Beach

    Set among an array of restaurants, nightlife and shopping, this three star hotel is just a five minute drive to Karon Beach, and features a 24 hour reception. The 16 air-conditioned guest rooms at Lemongrass offer dark wood furnishings and a tiled floor, while a mini-bar and coffee maker are standard. The private bathroom includes free vanities. Amenities at this hotel include 24 hour tour/ticket assistance, while guests can make use of the on-site laundry and fax facility. There is also a fax machine for added convenience. The on-site restaurant serves local cuisine, while the convenience store includes snacks and beverages. The cosy bar serves specialty after dinner drinks. The town of Phuket is a 25 minute drive from Lemongrass, while the Phuket International Airport is a 45 minute drive away. The Patong Football Club and Thai boxing activities are within close proximity. more