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If you’re looking for variety on your holiday to Thailand, Phuket is just the place. Anchored in the Andaman Sea, the largest island in Thailand is a colourful patchwork of cultural sites, rich jungles and lively towns, with plenty of beaches thrown in for good measure. Whatever you’re looking for, Phuket has it in spades. Here, you can combine lazy days by the pool with exciting day trips, or spend your afternoons in peaceful temples and your nights hopping between vibrant bars. Even the beaches cover all possibilities, ranging from secluded coves to sprawling bays. It’s this diversity which makes Phuket such a great choice for a holiday.

You’ll notice, in fact, that diversity is woven into Phuket’s very fabric. Chinese, Malay and Indian customs seamlessly blend with Thai traditions here, thanks to the island’s rich heritage. Immerse yourself in a cultural melting pot, as you step back in time in Phuket Old Town. Stroll around this fascinating place and take in the glittering shrines, traditional Sino-Portuguese townhouses – easily recognisable by their bright colours – and cosy cafés. Or, for a sky-high slice of culture, why not visit one of Phuket’s best attractions? On top of the Nakkerd Hills, the 45-metre-tall Big Buddha is the island’s most revered landmark, and comes with fantastic panoramic views. Alternatively, if you’re craving some sea and sand, head to one of Phuket’s 30 beaches. You can unroll your towel and go for a dip in the warm ocean, or relax under a swaying palm tree.

Sleepy beaches may beckon in the sunshine but, after dark, Phuket wakes up. Patong, in particular, is the heart and soul of the party. The infamous Bangla Road is lined with lively bars and super-clubs, while all-night parties and festivals feature regularly on the beach. If you’d prefer to have a quiet sundowner, head to Karon Beach instead. South of Patong, Karon offers laidback watering holes and a family-friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile, Kata Beach is all about rustic beach bars and al fresco restaurants – the perfect choice for a romantic dinner.

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Best beaches in Phuket

More than 30 beaches pepper Phuket’s shoreline, so you’re bound to find the perfect spot for you. If you’re travelling with little ones, Kata Beach is a great choice. This sandy stretch rarely gets busy, and there are plenty of restaurants and shops for when you fancy some shade or a bite to eat. Or you could take the kids to Paradise Beach. As the name suggests, this small cove near Patong is very picturesque. Plus, it comes with the added bonus of calm waters, which are safe for paddling.

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Searching for silence? Freedom Beach should be at the top of your list. Only accessible by boat, this white-sand beach is as quiet as they come. No watersports are allowed here, so you can curl up with your book without being disturbed by any passing jet-skis.

At the other end of the scale, lively Patong Beach and six-kilometre Bantao Beach are a hubbub of bars and restaurants.

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Phuket might be famous for its beaches but, beyond the coast, there’s a lot more to Thailand’s largest island. For starters, Phuket is home to several ethical elephant sanctuaries where you can meet, feed, and bathe Asia’s gentle giants. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary and Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket pride themselves on their humane treatment of their elephants – so you can rest easy in the knowledge the animals are well looked after.

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If you want to find out more about the island’s heritage, a walk around Phuket Old Town will quickly reveal just how many different cultures intertwine here. You’ll see Chinese temples, Malay restaurants and Sino-Portuguese architecture. But Phuket’s biggest cultural attraction is undoubtedly the Big Buddha. Overlooking the island from atop the Nakkerd Hills, this giant statue is a must-see. If you’re feeling energetic, you can hike up to the top from Karon Beach – just make sure you dress respectfully, as this is a religious site.

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Day trips from Phuket

No holiday to Phuket would be complete without a day trip or two. Phuket is within easy reach of some of Thailand’s most beautiful islands – the hardest part will be choosing which ones to visit.

Phang Nga Bay makes for a great day trip from Phuket. With limestone karsts, green-clad cliffs and turquoise waters, this sweeping bay looks like a postcard. It’s also home to Hollywood-worthy landmark, Koh Ta-pu. Better known as James Bond Island, this isolated isle starred in The Man with the Golden Gun. And that’s not the only site you might recognise from the silver screen. The Phi Phi Islands – famous backdrop of The Beach – are also just a scenic two-hour boat trip from Phuket.

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If you want to go snorkelling, though, a day trip to the Similan Islands is a must. This nine-island archipelago boasts impossibly-blue waters, bright coral reefs and incredible marine life. You’ll need to time your Phuket holiday carefully, though – the Similan Islands are only open to the public between October and May.

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Best time to go

Thanks to Thailand’s tropical climate, Phuket is hot all year round – daytime temperatures rarely drop below 25 degrees, while the Andaman Sea floats at a bath-warm 30 degrees. But some months are better than others. It’s best to go on holiday to Phuket between November and March, when rainfall is minimal and temperatures hover in the high twenties. January or February is arguably the best time to go to Phuket, because it’s less humid at the start of the year. So you can enjoy ideal sun-bathing weather, balanced with comfortable conditions for sightseeing.

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If you want to experience Phuket is at its hottest, travel between April and May when the mercury stays in the mid-thirties. But make sure your room has air-conditioning, as these toasty temperatures continue into the night. September and October are best avoided, as these are Phuket’s wettest months.

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Beaches

Best beaches in Phuket

More than 30 beaches pepper Phuket’s shoreline, so you’re bound to find the perfect spot for you. If you’re travelling with little ones, Kata Beach is a great choice. This sandy stretch rarely gets busy, and there are plenty of restaurants and shops for when you fancy some shade or a bite to eat. Or you could take the kids to Paradise Beach. As the name suggests, this small cove near Patong is very picturesque. Plus, it comes with the added bonus of calm waters, which are safe for paddling.

Show More
Show Less

Searching for silence? Freedom Beach should be at the top of your list. Only accessible by boat, this white-sand beach is as quiet as they come. No watersports are allowed here, so you can curl up with your book without being disturbed by any passing jet-skis.

At the other end of the scale, lively Patong Beach and six-kilometre Bantao Beach are a hubbub of bars and restaurants.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do

Phuket might be famous for its beaches but, beyond the coast, there’s a lot more to Thailand’s largest island. For starters, Phuket is home to several ethical elephant sanctuaries where you can meet, feed, and bathe Asia’s gentle giants. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary and Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket pride themselves on their humane treatment of their elephants – so you can rest easy in the knowledge the animals are well looked after.

Show More
Show Less

If you want to find out more about the island’s heritage, a walk around Phuket Old Town will quickly reveal just how many different cultures intertwine here. You’ll see Chinese temples, Malay restaurants and Sino-Portuguese architecture. But Phuket’s biggest cultural attraction is undoubtedly the Big Buddha. Overlooking the island from atop the Nakkerd Hills, this giant statue is a must-see. If you’re feeling energetic, you can hike up to the top from Karon Beach – just make sure you dress respectfully, as this is a religious site.

Show More
Show Less

Day trips

Day trips from Phuket

No holiday to Phuket would be complete without a day trip or two. Phuket is within easy reach of some of Thailand’s most beautiful islands – the hardest part will be choosing which ones to visit.

Phang Nga Bay makes for a great day trip from Phuket. With limestone karsts, green-clad cliffs and turquoise waters, this sweeping bay looks like a postcard. It’s also home to Hollywood-worthy landmark, Koh Ta-pu. Better known as James Bond Island, this isolated isle starred in The Man with the Golden Gun. And that’s not the only site you might recognise from the silver screen. The Phi Phi Islands – famous backdrop of The Beach – are also just a scenic two-hour boat trip from Phuket.

Show More
Show Less

If you want to go snorkelling, though, a day trip to the Similan Islands is a must. This nine-island archipelago boasts impossibly-blue waters, bright coral reefs and incredible marine life. You’ll need to time your Phuket holiday carefully, though – the Similan Islands are only open to the public between October and May.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go

Thanks to Thailand’s tropical climate, Phuket is hot all year round – daytime temperatures rarely drop below 25 degrees, while the Andaman Sea floats at a bath-warm 30 degrees. But some months are better than others. It’s best to go on holiday to Phuket between November and March, when rainfall is minimal and temperatures hover in the high twenties. January or February is arguably the best time to go to Phuket, because it’s less humid at the start of the year. So you can enjoy ideal sun-bathing weather, balanced with comfortable conditions for sightseeing.

Show More
Show Less

If you want to experience Phuket is at its hottest, travel between April and May when the mercury stays in the mid-thirties. But make sure your room has air-conditioning, as these toasty temperatures continue into the night. September and October are best avoided, as these are Phuket’s wettest months.

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Phuket Old Town

Discover the many cultures of Phuket with a walk around the Old Town. You’ll see a variety of temples, all kinds of restaurants and a mish-mash of architecture.

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Big Buddha

Visit the giant Buddha statue at the top of Nakkerd Hills, and admire the sweeping views across the island below.

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Elephant sanctuaries

Get up close and personal with Asian elephants when you visit one of Phuket’s ethical elephant centres

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Phang Nga Bay

Take a boat trip around Phang Nga Bay to see classic coastal Thailand – you’ll be surrounded by bright blue waters and limestone isles, including the famous James Bond Island.

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Bangla Road

Bangla Road If you fancy a night on the town during your Phuket holiday, head to the bars, clubs and beach parties of Bangla Road.

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