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Phuket Travel Guide

As an island paradise, Phuket is surrounded by many amazing beaches, hidden gems, and beautiful temples. It will surprise and delight visitors with its lush hills, friendly people, and mouth-watering cuisine. With hundreds of hotels to select from, easy transport options, and countless dining and shopping venues, Phuket caters to every conceivable need.


Phuket is Thailand's largest island, together with 32 smaller islands that make up the southern province of Phuket. Linked to the Thai mainland by the Sarasin Bridge, it is often referred to as the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea” and one of Southeast Asia’s top tourist destinations. Phuket City is the capital of the province and is situated in the southeast of the island. Out of a population of around 437,000 people, the vast majority of them live in and around Phuket City and Patong Beach.


Named after the Malay word bukit, meaning hill, Phuket was an important trading port in the region and noted in history as a major source of tin. Through the centuries, it came under more foreign influences than other parts of Thailand. In the early twentieth century, the expansion of rubber plantations resulted in the clearing of large areas of the island. Then in the 1970s, a burgeoning tourist industry started with the first beach bungalows at Patong beach. Today, almost 10 million visitors come to Phuket each year.


Getting to the island couldn’t be easier as there are many domestic and international flights arriving at Phuket International Airport daily. Visitors can transfer to their final destination by metered taxis or limousine taxis, minivans, airport buses, as well as private hotel transfer and rental cars. Getting around town is also simple and convenient. In addition to reasonably priced taxis, visitors have to option to use authentic local transports like the tuk-tuks, songthaews and motorbike taxis. 


If you are visiting Phuket for the first time, you will soon discover that this island is much more than just about sun, sea, and sand. Explore the colorful lanes and shophouses of old town Phuket, soak up the atmosphere, and indulge in authentic Thai flavors. Be awe-struck by elegant temples like Wat Chalong and Wat Phra Thong. Immerse yourself in the unique local culture and way of life in the Muslim fishing village of Koh Panyee. And last but not least, take the adventure to the go-kart speedway, soccer crazy golf, or Thai box stadium.


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Things to do in Phuket

What to Do

Looking for things to do in Phuket? We provide up-to-date info on everything from must-see scenic spots to local hangouts.
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Simon Cabaret Phuket

Simon Cabaret Phuket

8.6
4.7/58,706 Review
"Featured performance"
Phuket FantaSea

Phuket FantaSea

8.0
4.4/51,974 Review
"Theme Parks"
"Nighttime sightseeing"
Patong Beach

Patong Beach

8.0
4.5/54,916 Review
"Beaches"
"Seashores"
Hanuman World

Hanuman World

8.0
4.6/5213 Review
"Jungle Leaps"
Dolphins Bay Phuket

Dolphins Bay Phuket

7.9
4.7/51,037 Review
"Aquariums"
"Dolphin Watching"
Racha Yai Island

Racha Yai Island

7.8
4.7/53,250 Review
"Beaches"
"Islands/Peninsulas"
Karon Beach

Karon Beach

7.7
4.7/51,582 Review
"Beaches"
"Surfing"
Andamanda Phuket Waterpark

Andamanda Phuket Waterpark

7.7
4.7/5418 Review
"Water Parks"
Old Phuket Town

Old Phuket Town

7.6
4.6/51,778 Review
"Towns"
Elephant Care Park Nai Dee Phuket

Elephant Care Park Nai Dee Phuket

7.3
4.6/591 Review
"Zoos"

Where to Stay

Discover the most popular places to stay in Phuket, complete with recommendations from fellow travelers and special hotel offers
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Banyan Tree Phuket

Banyan Tree Phuket

4.3/5234 Review
kana international Hotel
Meir Jarr

Meir Jarr

4.3/568 Review
Beyond Kata

Beyond Kata

4.3/5318 Review
Phuket So Sweet Home

Phuket So Sweet Home

4.8/5227 Review
Baankasemsuk Resort

Baankasemsuk Resort

4.6/5249 Review
Patong Beach Side Hotel

What to Eat

Want to eat like a local? Don't miss out on these top Phuket dishes and foodie spots.
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Blue Elephant Cooking School & Restaurant Phuket

Blue Elephant Cooking School & Restaurant Phuket

4.4/554 Review
Avg. USD64/person
"Southeast Asian"
"Historic Building"
SILK Restaurant & Bar

SILK Restaurant & Bar

4.6/534 Review
Avg. USD34/person
"Southeast Asian"
"Open Late"
Ginja Taste

Ginja Taste

4.4/57 Review
Avg. USD57/person
"Vegetarian"
"Sea View"
Sea.Fire.Salt.

Sea.Fire.Salt.

4.0/510 Review
Avg. USD70/person
"Southeast Asian"
"View"
SAM’S STEAKS & GRILL

SAM’S STEAKS & GRILL

4.4/535 Review
Avg. USD40/person
"Western-style"
"Open Late"
dee plee

dee plee

4.8/517 Review
Avg. USD65/person
"Southeast Asian"
"View"
On The Rock Restaurant

On The Rock Restaurant

4.5/580 Review
Avg. USD22/person
"Southeast Asian"
"Sea View"
The Boathouse Restaurant

The Boathouse Restaurant

4.3/518 Review
Avg. USD44/person
"Southeast Asian"
"Sea View"
Mom Tri's Kitchen

Mom Tri's Kitchen

4.6/561 Review
Avg. USD49/person
"Western-style"
"View"
Pan Yaah Seaview Cafe Restaurant & Bar

Pan Yaah Seaview Cafe Restaurant & Bar

4.6/544 Review
Avg. USD15/person
"Southeast Asian"
"View"
PRU

PRU

4.4/516 Review
Avg. USD200/person
"Western-style"
Black Ginger | Thai Restaurant | The Slate, Phuket

Black Ginger | Thai Restaurant | The Slate, Phuket

4.4/512 Review
Avg. USD51/person
"Southeast Asian"
"View"

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