Known as ‘The Pearl of the Andaman’, Thailand’s biggest island is a tropical wonderland of white-sand beaches and five-star resorts surrounded by the crystal clear azure of the Andaman Ocean. With its iconic towering limestone cliffs rising from the ocean, lush rainforest, secret off-shore islands, and vibrant streets lined with lively bars and boutiques, Phuket is the perfect holiday destination for jet setters looking to experience a slice of paradise mixed with a dash of James Bond-style adventure.
With its five-star resorts, idyllic beaches and relaxed vibe, the areas around Kata and Karon beaches attract families and couples looking to experience the epitome of beachfront luxury in a tropical oasis, while those looking for nightlife, watersports and boutique shopping might be more attracted to the lively pace of Patong. Many travellers also find the allure of the neighbouring islands of Phi Phi, Similan and Racha too hard to resist, so easy speedboat transfers are readily available to make island-hopping a breeze.
The Best of Phuket
Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay’s dramatic limestone karsts and emerald-green waters have become an iconic image associated with the island of Phuket. Starring as the backdrop in James Bond’s The Man with the Golden Gun, the aptly named ‘James Bond Island’ is located inside Phang Nga National Park and is the main reason for visitors to flock upon this island paradise. Explore the weaving waterways and hidden caves of this spectacular rocky ocean garden by canoe in your own time.
Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island is the A-lister of Phuket attractions and an unmissable site that should appear on everyone’s Thailand bucket list. Made famous by movies including Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach and Stealth starring Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel , it’s no surprise that these big-screen hits have encouraged travellers to visit this spectacular destination. Just a 45-minute speedboat ride from Phuket, Phi Phi Island features dreamy beaches and turquoise waters perfect for snorkelling through a colourful underwater world of tropical fish.
When the sun sets in Phuket, there’s only one place to go to experience the vibrant nightlife that put this island’s party scene on the map - it’s Bangla Road. By day it’s a peaceful street, but by night a chaotic clash of music, lights and bars transforms Bangla Road into the ultimate party spot. Whether nightclubs and late nights is your thing or not, you’ve got to see Bangla Road at least once when you’re in Phuket, just to say you’ve done it.
Kato Noi Beach
Just a short drive from the famous beaches of Kata and Karon, Kato Noi Beach is a small stretch of sand surrounded by beautiful scenery. Perfect for those looking to avoid the crowds, Kato Noi is known for its soft white sand, snorkelling, and Kata viewpoint that offers spectacular vistas across Karon and Kata beach.
As one of the most famous landmarks in Phuket, Big Buddha is a 45-metres-tall statue that sits at the top of the Nakkerd Hills. The Buddha is made from white Burmese marble that catches the sunlight perfectly during the daytime. For those who make the journey to the top of the hill, spectacular panoramic views of the island and great photo opportunities await.
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