Tourist Information Phuket
Phuket is the number one destination in Thailand, providing to the beach lovers, an outstanding mix of beautiful coastline, excellent hotels and services, plenty of nightlife, great diving opportunities like Phi Phi Islands and the Similans Islands National Park and the Pha Nga bay. Phuket Island is the largest in Thailand, is 21 km wide and 48 km long. If your looking for a great holiday with your family, your friends or as a single, in Phuket the possibilities are endless.
How to Get There
Phuket as become one of the most visited destination in the world, flights from Bangkok are daily with Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Air Asia and Firefly from Malesya. Direct flights also from Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur. Direct flights from selected Europe destination are starting to be frequent, like London or Milano with Blue Panorama.
The Phuket International Airport is about 50 minute drive from all the beaches, outside the airport there is plenty of taxi and minibus waiting for take you to the destination of your choice.
Thailand's roads are good and you can easily drive from Bangkok to Phuket, the journey take from 9 to 12 hours. Just make sure that the car you renting is fully insured, prices can vary from 800 to 2000 baht per day, depending on the type of vehicle your looking for.
There are no trains running directly to Phuket. Passengers by train have to stop at the Surat Thani Phun Phin railway station. To continue the journey you'll have to take one of the minibus which frequently depart from the railway station to Phuket. The minibus ride will take about 3 hours.
Bangkok is serviced by several bus terminals. Mo Chit, guarantee only limited services to other parts of Thailand. The Southern bus station is across the river in Thon Buri, servicing destinations to the South and West, and is best reached by taxi.
There are bus from Khao Sao Road also but more limited. You can arrange bus transfers from all others popular destinations such as Koh Samui, Khao Lak or Krabi.
We recommend overnight journeys, maybe a bit slower but much quite. Expect to pay more than 1000 baht for a VIP bus, spending some more money can help to make your journey more comfortable. Phuket Bus Terminal: 076 211977, 211480
Boats arrive to Phuket from Phi Phi,Krabi and Koh Lanta 2 time per day with Phi Phi Cruiser, at Koh Siree pier which is not far from Phuket Town. Like usually there you gonna find plenty of taxi waiting to take you to the destination of your choice.
Where to Stay in Phuket
The hotel industry in Phuket ranges in class from beach bungalows 5-star luxury resorts.
Andaman Divers has its own guest house in Patong Beach, Andaman House
The climate is pleasant all year, with temperatures varying from 25 to 34 C. Phuket has 2 seasons.
From November to April is high season which is warm and dry.
From May to October is Summer. The best period to visit Phuket is from February to April: tourist start to living gradually and the whether is simply perfect. When the southwest monsoon arrive from May to October, it brings with him rain and wind. Rain means often a refreshing shower before the sun return. The hottest period is between April and May when temperature can range from 30 to 36 C.
Sightseeing & beaches
While many visitors come to Phuket to relax on the famous beaches, there is plenty more to do whether you prefer a night out or a tour in the national parks. By renting a motorbike or just take a taxi you can explore Phuket and discover all the activities, the beaches and the outstanding view points. And all within a couple of hour of Phuket you can discover the amazing jewels of the Andaman Sea such as the breathtaking rock formations that compose Phang Nga Bay, the beauty of Krabi and the world famous Phi Phi islands. Click here for more about Phuket Tours
Wat Chalong is the most visited temple of the island, this particular temple on the road between Chalong and Phuket Town has a particularly unconventional pagoda which offers something more cultured to the visitors.
Open: daily, 08.00 to 17.00
Phuket Shell Museum
This museum is entirely dedicated to local, rare and fossilized in a modern building north of Raway. Highlights include the world's largest golden pearl (140 carats apparently) and a 250kg shell. If you have the time, a stop here is well worth it. Located just north of Rawai.
Open: daily, 08.00 to 17.30; tel. 076 613666
Admission: 200 baht
One of the best place on the island for wait the sunset, organized tour stop here frequently. Look out for the hundreds of small elephant statues left here.
Patong Beach is without a doubt the most famous and developed beach destination of the South Est Asia. Full of tourist, bars, restaurant and hotels ranging from cheap guest house to 5 star international resort. At night Patong becomes the center of all nightlife on the island, in Soi Bangla you gonna find disco clubs , go go, bars and plenty of restaurants.
At the beach, which is 5 minute walk max from every hotel in Patong, you can relax under your umbrella enjoying the sunbathing or try one of the water sports such as jet ski or para sailing. The beach is public however chairs and umbrellas are provided buy private vendors for 100 baht per day.
Shopping is another main attraction, in basically every street you can find plenty of vendors offering jewelery, clothes, electronics, art, video games, CD's, DVD s and nearly anything else anyone might want. Quality ranges from world class shopping center like Jung Ceylon to cheap markets where price are not fixed.
If luxury, international cuisine and nightlife are what you desire then you may never want to leave Patong Beach.
Karon Beach is just five minute drive south of Patong and is one of the most popular beach in Phuket and a great place for family vacation. The majority of commercial developments and hotels are restricted to the other side of the road giving Karon Beach a certain feel of true tropical beach The long stretch is called Karon Yai - with kilometers of chairs and umbrellas, while Karon Noi at the north end is enjoyed by guests of Resort Le Meridien. You can find plenty of seafront guesthouses and resorts.
The Karon Plaza area as plenty of guesthouses, bars and shopping markets. There is also restaurants for all tastes and pockets from Thai to International cuisine.
Karon beach is a quit place so don't expect to find the same nightlife of Patong Beach, however there is still some very nice lounge bars and beer gardens
Karon is the perfect family beach, providing everything you might need.
Kata Beach is another popular Phuket destination for families. Most activities take place around Kata Yai, a long beach with plentiful of chairs and umbrellas. Here you can find relax and water-sport and the little sister Kata Noi provide nice snorkeling and in the low season some of the best surf in Thailand.
At Kata Beach , many hotels and resorts line the roads back from the beach with all tastes and budgets catered for.
At night, dining, shopping and visiting a few nightspots in Kata village where you can find restaurants offering as well international and Thai cuisines. In the Night time you can have a beer in one of the small bar around while listening some live music.
During the first week of December, in Kata bay take place the annual King's Cup Regatta. This week long yachting festival adds excitement to the area with daily sailing class races and party until morning.
There is a second section to Kata, over a small ridge, known as Kata Noi. This is a far more exclusive, smaller and more expensive beach to stay on. The middle section of the beach is fronted by empty land which forms a nice public space shaded by coconut groves. In Kata Noi you can spend a day away from the crowds of the bigger beaches.
Kamala Beach is located north of Patong Beach, about 10 minutes drive, is a quiet Muslim community appealing to families and couples that like relaxing and quite atmosphere of its unspoilt beach.
A few resorts are clustered up in the headland, offering outstanding sea views. Behind the beach, many restaurants and bars have sprouted up, providing a good selection for visitors. The beach its clean and quite, despite the development of the area.
Accommodation is mainly in guesthouses and the nightlife at Kamala is relatively quiet and low key. If you looking for some more nightlife Patong beach is only about 10 minutes driving from Kamala.
Kamala beach is also home of Phuket first theme park, Phuket FantaSea. With a cast including 50 elephants, skilled performers and acrobats, and elaborate costumes and pyrotechnics, it provide a nice and different evening out. The park also has a decent buffet along with games and shops. A road runs along part of the southern end of the beach, the middle section has a park and Tsunami memorial. Kamala has a pleasant atmosphere and relaxing feel contrasting with the commercialism of Patong and Karon.
Surin Beach is certainly quieter than the other larger beaches on Phuket and quite exclusive. Located north of Kamala, Surin beach will be alive every day with improvised football match, volleyball, kite surfing, para sailing and just relaxing enjoying sun and the ocean. Surin beach is quite popular with locals. There are also plenty of Thai small vendors with their traditional beachfront restaurants and bars.
In Surin Beach, the finest restaurants and bars sit alongside with luxury resorts that offer fine dining atmosphere and health and wellness services. If you like shopping The Plaza Surin is the place to go offering the best about style and sophistication. Two levels of retail shopping contain plenty of stores devoted to home decor and entertainment, antiques, collectibles and fashion, while the top level is reserved for Silk, a restaurant, bar and lounge where fine dining joins with the island's premier grooves and shakers.
Things to do
Phuket Island has an impressive variety of Phuket scuba diving opportunities available which suits all levels of divers and its a perfect destination if you like to combine your holiday with diving, beach, shopping and night life. From the nice and easy day trips to Racha Yai, perfect for discover scuba diving the first time, to the amazing and advanced dive sites of the Similan Islands National Park.
Thailand Kite Boarding are the largest kite surfing, kite boarding schools and centers with the best retail shops and the biggest selection of kites and boards to buy or rent in Asia and Thailand.
Take a fly on helicopter tour on Phuket or Phang Nga Bay with Sky Dance services. All of Phuket tours depart from Phuket-Sa Khu Heliport, which is located about 5 minutes south of Phuket International Airport.
Phuket is growing in popularity as a destination for sport fishing and angling. Black marlins, sea bass and king mackerel are just some example of the species you will see in the Andaman Sea.
For golfers from all around the world, Phuket is probably the nicest place of all for hitting a golf ball.
Thailand has plenty of good courses, but only in Phuket is it possible to enjoy first class golf.
The only one theme-park in Phuket is staged every evening in a large auditorium and theme park. It includes spectacles of animals, circus, comedians and Thai cultural displays. Located in Kamala, but extensive shuttles are provided. Multiple winner of Thailand Tourism Awards Best Attraction.
Open: daily except Tues, Thur; from 17:00, show time 21:00; tel. 076 385 000
Admission: 1,500 baht at the box office
This blue bus are the cheapest way to getting around, from Phuket Town to all the main beaches from 07:00 to 17:00, the fare is 30 baht, and all bus depart from Phuket Town at Ranong road.
Tuk tuk are small red or yellow truck, fare rates can be very high if you compared with other parts of Thailand. A short trip can cost up to 100 baht and more than 500 baht for a long distance. Show some bargain skills is essential.
Widely available 24 hours a day and fares are negotiable. All motorbike taxi drivers wear vests of various shades that indicate which group they belong to. They can be found clustered at street corners or in front of shopping mall entrances. Fares run from 20 to 300 baht depending on the distance.
From the airport, you can catch a fixed-fare minibus taxi, costing around 200 baht shared with other people or 500 baht for a private taxi, depending on the distance. Metered taxis are also available. The service stand is located in the car park outside the terminal. There's a 100-baht surcharge, plus the meter cost of 50 baht for the first 2 km and 7 baht per additional km. For long distances, especially to and from the airport, a flat rate is often charged.
Car / motorbike rental
Hiring a car/jeep or a motorcycle is truly the best way to tour the island at your own leisurely pace. There are also several small local operations found along the roads in tourist areas. Car rental starts at 700 baht/day for Suzuki jeeps, while motorbike rental is 150-250 baht/day. Just keep in mind to drive really carefully.
Dining Out, Nightlife & Shopping
Whatever your taste and your budget is, in Phuket you gonna find something for you. Nearly all around the island you can find local Thai cuisine and International, including Italian pizzerias, steakhouses, German, French , Arabic, Indian, Chinese and Japanese restaurants.
If your looking for some nightlife action Patong Beach is the place to be. The main center is located around Soi Bangla where you can find more than 200 bars, pubs, go go, and clubs. Families and couples might prefer quieter beaches like Kata, Karon or Kamala, although even in Patong you can find some nice and more quite lounge bars or pubs with live music.
You'll be amazed at the selection of the shopping opportunities in Phuket, shoes and clothing, perfume, games, souvenirs, oil paintings and designer label products are here. All sort of Thai handicraft can be found in Patong.
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