Phuket, Thailand: A Complete Travel Guide To Thailand's Most Popular Island
Updated: Sep 11
Phuket is located on the Andaman Sea in southern Thailand. It’s the biggest island in the country. And thanks to its easy access via an international airport as well as a bridge to the mainland, it’s also one of the most popular tourist hotspots. Most people are attracted to its sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife, and delicious Thai cuisine. But there is more to discover than that! In this travel guide, we share 10 of the best things to do on Phuket Island, as well as some great places to stay, eat, and drink.
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Best Things To Do In Phuket
Relax at the Phuket beaches (Freedom beach, Patong beach, Surin beach, Kata beach, Nai Harn beach, Ya Nui beach, Karon beach)
Eat at a night market (Sunday Walking Street Market Phuket Town, Indy Market, Karon Temple Market, Malin Plaza Patong)
Explore Phuket Old Town
Experience the Patong nightlife (Bangla Road)
Take in one of the viewpoints of Phuket (Black Rock Viewpoint)
Watch the sunset in Phuket
Visit Wat Chalong
Places To Stay In Phuket
Nai Harn Beach (lovely, more quiet area to stay!)
The Gallery Hotel Nai Harn - SHA Plus: comfy and clean, great value for money
Kata Beach (good area, more busy)
Aurico Kata Resort & Spa - SHA Extra Plus: close to the beach, excellent price-quality
Karon Beach (lots of entertainment options)
Karon Phunaka Resort: located on a hilltop so beautiful views
Patong Beach (most touristic with vibrant nightlife)
The Chic Patong: great budget option in bustling area. We stayed here!
Phuket Town (more local, residential area to stay)
Peranakan Boutique Hotel: we stayed here for a few nights, clean room for great price
Places To Eat And Drink In Phuket
Night Markets (Sunday Walking Street Market Phuket Town, Indy Market, Karon Temple Market, Malin Plaza Patong)
CY Café & Restaurant: great coffee & food near Promthep Cape
After Beach Bar & Restaurant: perfect for sunset between Kata Noi and Kata
Baan Chom View Restaurant: amazing sunset view between Kata Noi and Kata
Punjabi Resto-Bar: great Punjabi-Indian food in Patong
No.6 Restaurant: cheap Thai food in Patong
On The Rock Bar & Restaurant: great views of the sea (pricier drinks & food)
Mama Jin Restaurant: great Thai food at affordable price in Karon
The Neighbours Café: great breakfast place in Phuket Town
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Use These Websites To Save Money On Your Trip To Phuket
Booking.com for places to stay
Skyscanner for cheap flights
GetYourGuide for local tours
Rentalcars.com for affordable car rentals
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