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About Phuket

Phuket is the largest Island city of Thailand, which was considered as a significant Malay port during the Chinese invasion. Today, the place is known as the oldest city of Thailand, and one of the busiest honeymoon destinations in Asia. Ranking on top as the best beach city, the place is surrounded by the beauty of the Andaman ocean, providing a perfect setting for your vacation. Offering a serene beach view, dotted with palm trees and pleasant ocean breeze, here one could find the ultimate calm and peace during the day.

Explore Phi Phi Islands and Krabi Islands, one of the most loved islands of the city, as they incorporate all the features of Phuket Island, such as glistering white sand beaches, towering palm trees, exotic spas, and lively nightlife. One can also discover the best sunset in Thailand at the Laem Phromthep, offering a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

Being a beach city, Phuket offers adventure watersports for all its visitors, including snorkeling, windsurfing, diving, and sailing. One can also enjoy a leisure sunset dinner on James Bond Island for a calm evening. Surrounded by beaches, Phuket experiences dry summers offering pleasant temperatures. Best known for its beach activities, November and April are considered to be the best months to travel to one of the oldest cities of Thailand. 

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Attractions

Phuket Big Buddha
The Big Buddha of Phuket is an iconic landmark of Thailand perched on top of the Nakkerd Hills. Built of white jade marble, this magnificent statue is 45 metres tall and glistens in glory. The atmosphere at Phuket Big Buddha is so peaceful and the panoramic view is breathtaking. The hall at the base of the statue has Buddhist teachings and a donation box for funding.
James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan)
James Bond Island earned its popularity by its starring role in the James Bond movie ‘The man with the Golden gun’. One of the most striking features of this island is a tall vertical island that stands out from the bay of Koh Khao Ping Kan. The entire island is under national park protection which is the reason behind its true and untouched beauty. Also owing to its position no boats are allowed.
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Phuket Trickeye Museum is a fascinating 3D museum and exhibition with about 100 different paintings and sculptures depicting famous scenes from movies. The art gallery featuring 3D pictures and carvings is a whole new world of illusion drawn with trompe-l’oeil techniques meaning ‘deceive the eye’. Phuket Trickeye Museum is an exciting attraction where you can capture many creative photographs.
Phuket Bird Park
Enter the Phuket Bird Park, a lush green well-designed park having 1000 birds belonging to 100 different bird species from Asia, South America and Africa. Known to be the largest bird park in Thailand, you will feel enthralled looking at the colorful birds such as Hornbills, at one of the bird shows doing a series of tasks and tricks.
Simon Cabaret
Since its opening on October 18, 1991, Phuket Simon Cabaret has built up itself as a business sector pioneer of expert amusement venues. For sheer entertainment, the set outlines are exceptional supporting performers adorned in lavish outfits and glamorous artists. In this, rich and personal theater with high-tech sound and lighting facilities along with special effects – the show is genuinely universal highlighting cutting-edge and customary acts from around the world in English and option dialects.
Andamanda
Phuket offers you its largest water park, Andamanda Phuket, which promises to bring to you a one stop locale for thrill, entertainment, and adventure. Spread over a whopping 9.3 hectares of land, the park offers recreational facilities segregated in five distinct zones. It also boasts other entertainment features, retail outlets, and food galore.

Phuket FAQ's

What is the best time to visit Phuket?

Although Phuket is an all-year-round tourist destination, the best time to visit the destination is during the dry season, from December to March. During this time, the temperature averages between 23 and 30 degrees Celsius with cool weather conditions. It is the perfect time to participate in beach activities, like swimming and snorkelling. You can watch the Simon Cabaret Show and go on a Phi Phi Island tour.

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How to reach Phuket?

You can take direct or connecting flights from major Indian cities like New Delhi and Mumbai to Phuket International Airport. Some of the popular airlines that operate on this route are Air India and IndiGo. These flights offer layovers in cities like Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. It will take you around 9.5 to 25 hours to travel between India and Phuket while travelling a distance of approximately 4,327 kilometres.

Which are the best places to visit in Phuket?

1) Patong Beach- Surrounded by cliffs, Patong Beach is a vibrant and lively place that offers various water sports like snorkelling and jet skiing. It is one of the most happening beaches that is lined with cafes, shacks, and pubs.

2) Karon Viewpoint- Located between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches, Karon Viewpoint offers stunning views of Kata Noi, Kata Yai, and Karon beaches. You can visit this place for photography and enjoy snacks at nearby eateries.

3) Koh Panyee- Koh Panyee is a traditional Thai village situated in the middle of Phang Nga Bay. It is the best place in Thailand to enjoy an authentic experience of the village life.

4) Phi Phi Island- Phi Phi Island is a picturesque island in Phuket that you must visit with your soulmate. It is well-known for its mesmerising beauty, crystal-clear water, and romantic beaches.

5) James Bond Island- James Bond Island in Phang Nga National Park has stunning karst topography. It gained fame after being featured in James Bond movies.

What are some of the best things to do in Phuket?

1) Explore Phuket Old Town- Wandering through Phuket Old Town lets you admire its street art and 19th-century architecture. You can enjoy a fun walk along streets like Dubik, Ranong, and Yaowarat.

2) Enjoy the Street Food- You can take a food tour to explore delicious street food stalls around Phuket. It allows you to indulge in authentic Thai dishes like Kuey Toew and Khao Pad.

3) Boat trip to Phang Nga Bay- Go on a scenic boat trip to Phang Nga Bay, which is famous for its limestone caves, cliffs, and diverse flora and fauna. During the tour, you can explore the picturesque landscapes and archaeological sites.

4) Visit Wat Chalong- You can explore the impressive Wat Chalong, which is decorated with Buddhas and intricate gold carvings. It is a must-visit place near the Big Buddha for its serene ambience and cultural importance.

5) Enjoy an authentic Thai massage- If you want to relax and rejuvenate after the trip, you can treat yourself to a soothing Thai massage at one of the spas in Phuket. It offers a refreshing experience after an entire day of sightseeing.

Which are some best resorts to stay in Phuket?

With beautiful places come beautiful resorts. Your accommodation plays an important role in your trip as that’s where you tend to spend all your time relaxing. Here are some of the best resorts in Phuket that are a perfect blend of comfort, views, ambiance and hospitality. Check them out!

  • Trisara Villas and Residences
  • The Shore at Katathani
  • Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort
  • Twin palms Phuket
  • COMO Point Yamu, Phuket
  • SALA Phuket Resort and Spa
  • The Vijitt Resort
  • Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong, MGallery by Sofitel
  • Rosewood Phuket

Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Phuket?

We have curated the best set of restaurants where locals of Phuket go to eat the authentic local food. It is a crazy ride for your taste buds and you are ought to enjoy these restaurants that are very simple and homely. A few of the best ones are:

  • Phuket Floating Restaurant
  • Mor Mudong
  • Bangpae Seafood
  • Khun Jeed’s Rad-Na Yod Pak
  • Lock Tien Food Court
  • Kota Khao Man Gai
  • Mee Ton Poh
  • Keawjai Bakery and Restaurant
  • Wilai
  • Tamachart

What are the best public transport modes to commute around Phuket?

Local commuting in Phuket is hassle free as you have a number of options to choose from as per your budget and convenience. Here are some modes of transport that local residents as well as tourists in Phuket usually use:

Songthaew: Songthaews are the most common mode of transport in Phuket. These are pick-up trucks with two wooden benches for seating on either side of van. Songthaews travel on almost all routes particularly from Phuket Town to all major beaches. However, they don’t go from one beach to another and don’t have any fixed stops. They pick and drop passengers as requested.

Tuk-Tuk: Tuk-tuks are small mini-vans that usually are coloured in red. You may also spot them in yellow. Since they don’t have meters you must make sure you negotiate on a price before getting on it. Or there is a fair possibility that you end up paying a lot more than you should.

Taxi: These metered yellow and red taxis are a cheap mode of transport and are very dependable. However, there are very few of them so you might not be able to find one easily. You can ask your hotel for the number of a metered taxi. So if you do find one, take it because they are safer and more comfortable than tuk-tuks. You may need to bargain during peak tourist season.

Motorcycle: Motorcycles are easily available on rent in the Patong area of Phuket. These rentals are quite reasonable and fares vary depending on the type of vehicle. Don’t forget to negotiate for discounts and do wear a helmet to avoid being fined 500 THB. Also, it is advised to check the condition of the bike before hiring it so that you don’t get charged for pre-existing damage.

Boat: If you plan on island hopping, you may like the idea of taking a long tail boat from one island to another. The cost should be about 500 THB per hour or 1,800 THB for a day. They’re not usually equipped with lifejackets so be careful if you are with children or non-swimmers.

What are the best places of shopping in Phuket?

Phuket is like the hub of shopping and literally has everything you would want to take back home. So here are some incredible shopping destinations where you can splurge all your money and not regret a bit!

  • Bangtao Beach Shopping
  • Mai Khao Shopping
  • Chillva Market
  • Central Festival Phuket
  • Phuket Weekend Market
  • Phuket Walking Street
  • Premium Outlet
  • Supercheap
  • Jim Thompson
  • Phuket Town Shopping
  • Patong Beach Shopping
  • Kata Beach Shopping
  • Karon Beach Shopping
  • Kamala Shopping
  • Surin Beach Shopping

Which are the famous beaches in Phuket?

Phuket has a beautiful coastline. The beaches are beautiful and well maintained. The waters are worth soaking in and the sunlight is apt for some sun bath and sun tanning. Here are some of the best beaches where you can enjoy all of this in Phuket:

  • Kata Beach
  • Freedom Beach
  • Kata Noi Beach
  • Ya Nui Beach
  • Surin Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Nai Harn Beach
  • Bangtao Beach
  • Patong Beach
  • Laem Singh Beach

What kind of water sports can be done in Phuket?

Phuket is an ideal destination for water babies. It gives you immense opportunities to conquer all your fears and have the perfect adrenaline rush. For all those who find the waters alluring but cannot get a toe in it because they can’t swim, we have a good news. These amazing water sports in Phuket don’t even need to know swimming! So get ready and try them all!

  • Scuba Diving
  • Banana Boat
  • Jet Ski
  • Wakeboarding
  • Sailing
  • Kite Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkelling
  • Water Ski
  • Kayaking

Which Islands can be visited from Phuket?

There are a number of island from Phuket and most of them are not very far. But there are so many big and small ones that it will take an life to explore them all. Exactly why we have decided to help you with the best islands that are easy to travel to and worth exploring.These islands make up for a great day-out from Phuket. Check them out below!

  • Phi Phi Island
  • Coral Island
  • Similan Islands
  • Koh Bon
  • Racha Island
  • Koh Khai
  • Maiton Island
  • Koh Panyi
  • James Bond Island
  • Koh Yao
  • Rang Yai Island
  • Koh Kaeo
  • Koh Hong
  • Koh Maphrao
  • Koh Sirey

How far is Phi Phi Island from Phuket and how to reach?

Distance from Phi Phi Island to Phuket is 55 km and it takes nearly an entire day for your travelling.The best way to reach Phi Phi islands is to use a transport which is easily available at every hotel. There are regular ferries and speedboat that go to this island and are a fun ride. A Speed boat is 900 baht and takes only 50 minutes. On the other hand, you can book your ferry at Rassada Pier, in case that’s your choice.

Which are some romantic places in Phuket for honeymoon?

Imagine sun-drenched beaches, romantic sunset cruises, intimate and romantic restaurants and create memorable moments. That’s exactly how a honeymoon in Phuket feels like. And, to add to the love trip are a few very romantic destinations that make it all the more beautiful. Some of these places are:

  • Enjoy sunset at Phromthep Cape
  • Visit Phang Nga Bay
  • Party and romance the entire night in Phuket town
  • Pamper your partner with a spa therapy in Phuket town
  • Go for cafe hopping on random streets of Phuket

How is nightlife in Phuket? Which are the best places to enjoy nightlife in Phuket?

With mostly an international crowd, Phuket has maintained a decent nightlife. There are many bars, clubs, ladyboy cabaret shows, discos and clubs, live bands and international DJs who manage to keep you entertained for the whole night. Most parts of Phuket have their own private party scenes and you can enquire about these with the locals. But, there are some places you can go to anyway to experience the best of Phuket nightlife.

  • Soi Bangla in Central Patong
  • Night Clubs in Soi Bangla
  • Beach clubs around the island
  • Sunset bars around the island
  • Simon Cabaret in Sirirat Road
  • Phuket FantaSea in Kamala
  • Live Music at Patong Beach
  • Gay Phuket at Patong Beach
  • Thai Boxing at Patong Beach
  • Dino Park Mini Golf at Patong Beach
  • Siam Niramit Phuket in Phuket town
  • Go Go Beach at Bangla Road

What are some of the best water parks in Phuket?

If you are a water baby, you are going to love Phuket. Except for a number of beaches and watersports activities, Phuket has many water parks as well that let you have some chilled out time with your family and friends. Some of these are-

  • Splash Jungle Water Park
  • Grand West Sands Resort & Villas
  • Rawai Park
  • Anthem Wakepark
  • Phuket Water Ski Cable Way

Which are some of the famous temples in Phuket?

Temples in Phuket comprise of Watts and Shrines. Wats are among the most important symbols of Thailand, mainly because majority people in Thailand are Buddhist. Similarly, Chinese shrines also have a great importance in Thailand, and especially Phuket, due to the great Chinese community that migrated to Thailand through the centuries. Some of the best temples worth visiting in Phuket are:

  • Wat Chalong
  • Big Buddha
  • Wat Khao Rang
  • Jui Tui Shrine
  • Wat Phra Thong
  • Wat Srisoonthorn
  • Wat Phranang Sang
  • Wat Suwan Khuha
  • Kiew Tien Keng Shrine Kathu Shrine

What are some of the adventure sports that can be done in Phuket?

Phuket invites adventure sports enthusiasts from all over the world for many activities. Some of which are:

  • Scuba Diving
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Kite Surfing
  • Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding
  • Flying Zipline
  • Island hopping on big tail boat
  • River rafting
  • ATV rides
  • Elephant trekking

Which are best places for Elephant trekking in Phuket?

Elephant trekkings in Phuket are very exciting rides. For many people, riding on the back of these giant creatures and exploring different parts is an exciting thing to do and is on their bucket list. You can also try this fun activity at any of the below places in Phuket-

 

  • Siam Safari at Chalong
  • Safari Elephant Club at Patong Beach
  • Kok Chang Elephant Camp at Kata Noi
  • Seaview Elephant Camp at Nai Harn
  • Camp Chang Kalim at Kalim Beach
  • Kinnaree Elephant Trekking Tours

Which are some best night markets in Phuket?

Phuket has a few markets that only open after the heat of the day. These night markets have a special festival feel to them and are accompanied by street performances and music. These are absolutely fun to visit and attract tourists with the perfect lightings, food feasts, fancy clothes, souvenirs, etc to shop. If you plan to visit one, here are the best ones to choose from…

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Phuket Reviews

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Adhithya Jayakumar
Reviewed: 06 Nov 2023
4.0/5
The whole experience was great starting from the 1st day till the last. I personally feel that time was the only thing that was missing out as all of these places were too good & we couldn't have much time to spend. The iteration was well planned & the local staff was so supportive to help us at any... Read More
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Dr Kriti Singh
Reviewed: 01 May 2024
5.0/5
I have booked first time with thrillophilia .Rahul and Pritam explained me very well about the trip and helped me to plan trip according to me . So overall my experience is very nice hope to book again with you guys . 
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Raghunath Inamdar
Reviewed: 07 Jul 2024
4.0/5
Over all good. Except hotel booking at Bangkok.
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Deepanshu Sewak
Reviewed: 09 Sep 2022
5.0/5
It was really a great experience we didn't thought that it would be planned so well. Everything was planned so systematically from start till the end. Accomodation were awesome. We are thankful to Thrillophilia for making our honeymoon special & memorable.
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Karthik Vakkalanka
Reviewed: 05 Sep 2022
5.0/5
Everything from the beginning was fine. Thank you
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Ashish Khandelwal
Reviewed: 28 Jun 2023
5.0/5
Hands down one of the the most scenic places we have ever been! Our trip to Thailand through Thrillophilia was amazing to say the least. It was well planned, hotels provided were close to major city points, pick ups were on time and the coverage was very much wholesome. The on ground support was als... Read More
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