Beaches exceptionally beautiful; great sand, the clearest water
With Phuket being an island, it gets washed by the clear waters of the deep ocean, and the water here is considerably clearer than that along most mainland beaches. The sand is exceptionally fine because the west coast is exposed to the direct force of the waves of the annual monsoon. Also, because the island is quite rugged with mountains falling directly into the ocean, many pretty bays have been formed between headlands, creating exceptionally beautiful tropical beach settings.
huge variety of beaches, from very active to isolated
Phuket is a big island – some 50 kilometres long – with dozens of beaches in varied geographical settings. This creates a wide variety in appearance, while the levels of development range from active, and even crowded Patong Beach, to isolated and undeveloped Mai Khao Beach. Then there are also many smaller, little-known beaches scattered on all shores, some with resorts, others without any development at all.
huge variety of accommodations
There are over 800 accommodation establishments on Phuket, and these cover the entire spectrum; city hotels, small backpacker beach bungalows, mid-size boutique establishments to 5-star beach resorts and famous, 5-star international chain hotels. But beware, only 8% of that huge number of hotels & resorts is really on a beach.
some of the world's best beachfront resorts
Thai hotels are often praised for the high standards of their service, and here in the beach resorts it is the same; the service is among the best in the world. The quality of design and construction of Thai beach resorts is also second to none. When these attributes are set into the many beautiful beach environments that Phuket enjoys, the result is beach resorts of superb, world-class quality.
part of an amazingly beautiful geographic region
Right behind Phuket is Phang Nga Bay, with its amazing vertical, rock-stack mountains rising for calm waters. To the north and south are scores of beautiful islands, some formed by huge granite boulders. Others are 'mainland' islands of completely different origins. The Andaman Sea that washes them all is an amazingly calm, little sea with many unique properties. The lush tropical foliage that covers everything above water is only matched in beauty by the colourful coral reefs below. The Andaman coast of Thailand is truly an amazingly beautiful region, with many great environments to explore and enjoy.
so many attractions & things to do and see
Phuket is what we call a 'mature' resort, one that has had almost two generations of development. With that has come a whole array of attractions for visitors to enjoy, be it riding an elephant or an ATV vehicle, taking in a cabaret of transvestites or watching dancing jumbos. Or go diving, sailing, elephant trekking, fishing or kite surfing. Phuket has spas by the dozen, and beach masseuses by the hundred. Visit modern shopping malls and traditional Asian markets. The food is among the best in the world, and restaurants in which to enjoy it are set into all kinds of beautiful locations. Try the wild nightlife, or hide out on a tranquil beach. The list of things to do and see, along with the places to visit, goes on and on. Phuket can offer a beach holiday with endless things to do by day or night, or a tranquil resort on a remote beach for pure chill-out. See more things to do on Phuket.
many lifestyle activities; shopping, entertainment, hospitals
The lifestyle attractions that Phuket offers are extensive; shopping centres of all kinds, high class restaurants, beach clubs and golf clubs, world-class hospitals offering 'medical tourism', marinas with modern yachts for charter. These are attractions that draw more than tourists, for thousands of people from cold climates settle into Phuket for a few months each year to escape the northern winter.
Thai food, in Thailand, is simply the best in the world
Thai food may be available all around the planet, but there is simply no way to get it as good as ordering it right here in Thailand. While Phuket cannot rival Bangkok as a culinary centre, it still has many excellent eateries where the best of Thai cuisine can be found. But do be warned, to get real Thai flavours that satisfy the local Thais, you generally have to leave the touristy west coast and head across the mountains to find restaurants catering to the locals rather than tourists. Try one of our restaurant recommendations on Khao Rang hill near Phuket town.
Phuket town; Chinese & Thai cultures, dining, entertainment, shopping
Phuket town is quite a different world to that in which most of the beach resorts reside, and can add new dimensions to a visit to Phuket. Here you can tour the markets, temples and shopping centres, or try some of the many dining and entertainment establishments. Otherwise take in the cultural experience of visiting the old Chinese town. We offer many ideas on things to do in Phuket town, including tips on taking a walking tour through the well-preserved and beautiful old Chinese row houses.