Phuket Holidays

Phuket Holidays

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Picture yourself in paradise, and you’ll probably be imagining the sort of beach that Phuket has to offer – glassy water and fine, white sand fringed with palm trees. And its status as Thailand’s largest island means there’s no shortage of these beautiful beaches to retreat to. Looking for a slice of cosmopolitan life with your visit to paradise? Stay in bustling Patong to see and be seen. Is a laid-back vibe more your style? Then head west to Kata for great surfing and family-friendly fun. What will you discover in picturesque Phuket?

Beaches
Phuket’s shores are our idea of heaven. One sandy stretch is even named Paradise Beach! It’s a small cove that definitely lives up to its name, and is home to famous beach parties and stunning sunsets. Kata Beach is a popular place for sun, sea and sand too, as its 1.5km length spans some of Phuket’s most attractive coastline, and offers bars, restaurants, watersports and more. Kata Noi is another beach lovers’ favourite, especially with those looking for peace, quiet and beautiful surroundings.

Food & Drink
There’s a reason the classic stir-fry meal of pad thai is so closely associated with its country of origin; they’ve perfected the recipe over generations. You’ll find plenty of venues in Phuket – from street food stalls to fine dining restaurants – with pad thai on the menu. Fancy some morning glory? This tropical vegetable is as memorable as its name, and is often used in salads and seafood dishes in Phuket. Rice, noodles and curries are also mainstays of Thai cuisine. Quench your thirst with a cha yen or cha manao iced tea or, if a tipple is more your style, opt for a Thai beer or whiskey. Then, toast to the occasion with the phrase chone gaow (cheers).

Culture
Phuket’s vibrant culture is demonstrated by the variety and diversity of its festivals. From the traditional Ghost Festival, which honours ancestors, to the visually-stunning Patong Carnival, there’s an event to take part in no matter what time of year you visit. Sports fans will love the Laguna Phuket Triathlon – a world-renowned competition that attracts athletes from all over the globe, and the King’s Cup Regatta – a yachting event held at Kata Beach each December. If you prefer a bit of history, visit in March to learn about the sisters who prevented a Burmese invasion in 1785 at the Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Si Sunthon Fair.

Nightlife
When the tropical sun goes down, this destination really shows off its peacock feathers - the clubs and parties in Patong have even been known to give Bangkok a run for its money. Staying in Phuket Town? Prepare to lip-sync for your life at Aphrodite, a theatre that offers a line-up of cheeky cabaret shows, or rise to new heights at the Quip Sky Bar, which serves up great views and chic drinks. Elsewhere on the island you can dance until dawn or share drinks over a delicious evening meal – you can spend your nights in Phuket however you choose.

Important Information
Flight Time: 14hrs
Time Difference: +7hrs
Currency: Thai baht
Official Language: Thai

Vaccinations
Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Visa
British passport holders can stay in Phuket for up to 30 days without a visa. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

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Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

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Phuket Weather

Phuket’s tropical climate makes it a great destination for some far-flung winter sun. Travel here between November and March for the perfect balance of sunshine and blue skies. From April to October the mercury stays constant, but the chance of needing your brolly rises, as this is the rainy season. Whenever you travel, look out for those famous Phuket sunsets or take a dip in the warm Andaman Sea.
Jan 26ºC
Feb 27ºC
Mar 28ºC
Apr 29ºC
May 28ºC
Jun 28ºC
Jul 27ºC
Aug 27ºC
Sep 26ºC
Oct 26ºC
Nov 26ºC
Dec 26ºC

Things To Do on Phuket Holidays

Relax at Hat Bang Thao Beach
Have we mentioned Phuket’s beaches enough yet? In case you haven’t got the message, they are absolutely gorgeous, and the 8km-long Hat Bang Thao Beach is no exception. Sand and sea for as far as the eye can see is on offer here, making it the perfect place for a lazy, hazy beach day (or seven). Take a picnic or visit one of the beach clubs that’s dotted along the shore underneath the palm trees. It’s what beach holidays were made for.

Party on Bangla Road
Not for the faint-hearted - but an essential place to visit for party lovers of all kinds - this famous strip of bars and clubs becomes a neon dream when the sun sets. Located near Patong Beach, you’ll see everything from live music to colourful cabaret shows here, as well as plenty of street food stalls and sports bars. We recommend checking out the Seduction Complex for a night to remember – this giant venue can host up to 3,000 revellers.

Visit the Big Buddha
At an impressive 45m high, the Big Buddha can be seen from half of Phuket on a clear day. It was built in 2007, and has since become a site of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and curious tourists alike. Offering sweeping views over Kata Beach and beyond, it really is worth the drive up; you can book a tour bus or take a taxi to the top. Fancy a challenge? Trek to the summit with a tour guide instead, and this 2.5km hike may well give you some insight into why these mountains are called the Nakkerd Hills (disclaimer: there’s probably another reason).

Raise a glass to Chalong Bay Rum
The not-so-secret ingredient in Chalong Bay Rum is Thai sugarcane, which makes this distillery a must-see if you’re after sampling some locally-made drinks. Aim to visit between 14:00-18:00 on any day of the week, and you’ll be greeted with a signature mojito. You can take the guided tour and enjoy tasting all kinds of tipples at the end, too. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, learn the art of mixology at the cocktail workshops – cocktail recipes are a great souvenir that won’t take up any space in your suitcase.

Culture

Present day Thai society is the result of centuries of cultural interchange, particularly with China and India, but more recently with the West. Rather than shaking hands, a Thai will be greeted with closed hands and a slight bow of the head. This is called the Wai. Thai's often use it as a form of thank you.

You will see amazing shrine-like images of the Royal family virtually everywhere, they are treated with almost religious reverence so this needs to be respected, never make a derogatory comment about the King or the Royal family.

Although general informal dress is widely acceptable, beachwear should be confined to the beach, men should wear T-Shirts when walking around resorts and topless sunbathing is frowned upon. When dealing with any authorities always make an effort to smarten yourself up.

As for Thai religion, the vast majority adhere to Buddhism (Theravada form), 5% are Muslim and there are Christian and Hindu minorities. A large Buddha sits on top of the hill above Karon and Kata beaches.

Nightlife

Phuket's nightlife has something for everyone depending on your idea for a good night out. From intimate romantic restaurants with amazing sea views, to family meals at your resort restaurant to Patong's neon-lit beach clubs with banging music, to the infamous girlie bars (not quite Bangkok, but still not for the faint hearted).

Stick to local beers and spirits for the cheapest prices, anything imported is more costly. A bottle of wine can set you back a shocking amount in a good restaurant, if you insist on wine you may be better off buying by the glass in a mid range bar.

The food is also excellent and sticking to the Thai menu's is always cheaper, but depending on your taste you may find some dishes include too many chillies, but never as hot as your average British curry. There is widely available international cuisine, but you may need to look around for a dish to your personal taste.

Getting around: Experience a Thai tuk tuk ride at least once, but make sure you haggle the price. Then stick to metered taxi's and insist that the driver actually turns the meter on, it can be a fraction of a pre-agreed price.

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