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Phuket Holidays

Phuket Holidays

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As Thailand’s largest island, Phuket really packs a punch with golden beaches, leafy rainforests and a lively cabaret atmosphere in the neon hotspots.

Destination highlights

  • Winter sun
  • Hidden beaches to explore
  • World-famous parties
  • LGBTQ+-friendly
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    Beaches | Hotels | Food & drink | Nightlife | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |

    What are the best beaches in Phuket?

    From busy party beaches to mysterious pockets of wild beauty, Phuket has it all. We’re big fans of both, so here are a few of our faves:

  • Patong Beach – the longest and most popular beach on the island, with daytime fun and wild nightlife.
  • Kata Beach – a slightly calmer corner of coast, where sunbathers and surfers enjoy chilled-out days.
  • Karon Beach – a lovely spot for family holidays to Phuket, with plenty of open space and watersports to keep the kids busy.
  • Paradise Beach – snorkel the lively coral reef by day, get down at a Full Moon Party by night!
  • Freedom Beach – you reach the wild beauty of this beach by longboat ride, adding an air of mystery as you approach the quiet shore.

  • Phuket beach

    What are the top hotels in Phuket?

    While some head to the island for world-class partying, Phuket's hotels are famous for being pockets of calm away from the noise. Whether your hotel is the main event on your Phuket holiday or just a place to crash, we think you’ll love these:

  • Vjitt Resort Phuket - the ultimate boutique getaway, with lush five-star suites, private pools surrounded by greenery, and authentic Thai fine dining
  • Amari Phuket - a great base for friends enjoying the buzzing Patong nights, with its own secluded beach for rest days
  • The Charm Resort Phuket - a place to wind down from lively Patong Beach by watching the sunset from the stunning infinity pool
  • The Yama Hotel Phuket - modern rooms, amazing views, and loads of fun for kids - a top pick for family holidays to Phuket
  • Ayara Hilltops - take in the ocean views from your private suite or relax with a cocktail at the poolside bar
  • Titanic Palace and Aquapark Resort - a swimaholic’s paradise with easy access to the sea, 19(!) pools and an impressive waterpark
  • Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort and Spa - a deluxe hotel set right along the exclusive Bangtao Beach, famed for its gorgeous white sands

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    What’s the food like in Phuket?

    The food is just one of the reasons to visit Phuket, with its riot of colour, flavour, and international influences. While you can expect the Thai dishes you know and love, the island’s own recipes draw inspiration from Chinese, Malay, and even Portuguese cooking. Don’t miss these dishes:

  • Khanom jeen - spicy coconut soup with delicate rice noodles and crab, often eaten at breakfast
  • Mee hokkien - flash-fried noodles in a tasty broth with fresh seafood, pork, and greens
  • Oh tao - a favourite street food snack which consists of eggs, taro root, pork rinds and oysters in a spicy batter
  • Oh eaw - a refreshing and colourful shaved ice dessert that you’ll only find in Phuket
  • Look choop - mung bean and coconut sweets in the shape of veggies - weirdly wonderful!

  • Dining out won’t cost you a fortune on holidays to Phuket, as the restaurants are famously great value for the quality and portions. Here’s a taste of our favourites:

  • Patong Corner Restaurant, Patong - if you want it all, go to this cheap and cheerful restaurant where the menu is huge and the food’s to die for.
  • One Chun Cafe, Phuket Old Town - the best place to try khanom jeen over a laidback lunch with friends.
  • Nong Jay, Phuket Town - a hidden gem for vegans, this cosy family-run restaurant serves all the best Thai dishes with a plant-based twist.
  • Kwong Seafood Shop, Kata Beach - an affordable diner where you can enjoy huge seafood feasts, even on a budget holiday to Phuket.

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    Where's the best nightlife in Phuket?

    Patong has the biggest party scene on the island. You’ll find superclubs on Bangla Road, with the LGBTQ+ scene around the corner at the Paradise Complex. There are also the iconic beach parties to look out for, and if cocktails are more your speed there’s plenty of chilled-out spots.

  • Illuzion Phuket, Patong - this superclub has amazing light and sound rigs, luring loads of international DJs to take the stage.
  • Sugar Club, Patong - hip-hop is on the bill at this nightclub, where you can catch the biggest names in rap perform live.
  • ZAG, Patong - Phuket’s biggest gay bar, with nightly live dancers and drag shows.
  • Paradise Beach Club, Paradise Beach - this secluded bay is where you’ll find the huge moon phase parties, where beach BBQs turn into raves as the sun goes down.
  • Z1mplex Mixology Laboratory, Phuket Town - a weird and wonderful cocktail experience, where the bartender gives you an art show.
  • Lana Live Music, Kata Beach - a place to kick back with a cocktail and enjoy the sunset while the band plays.

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    What events can I go to in Phuket?

    While the high season is typically November to February, the whole year is full of opportunities to enjoy the island’s colourful culture. Why not book your 2022 holiday to Phuket around one of these events?

  • Oceanman Phuket (March) - one of the world’s biggest open water swimming events, with races for all ages and skill levels
  • Songkran (April) - the Thai New Year, celebrated with a huge water fight in the streets
  • Phuket Bike Week (April) - six days of motorbike appreciation, with races, rallies, and live music
  • Phuket Gay Pride Festival (May) - the local LGBTQ+ community throws the biggest Pride parade in Thailand
  • Vegetarian Festival (September) - a nine-day celebration of veggie life - the island’s most famous event - where you can grab a bite and watch some truly unusual cultural performances
  • Patong Carnival (November) - parties and parades mark the start of the high season, along with traditional Thai dance and music
  • Loi Krathong (November) - hundreds of lit candles and offerings are sent over the sea on small boats woven from banana leaves, to thank Mother Water
  • Phuket Kings Cup Regatta (December) - your chance to see fancy ships of all shapes and sizes as they compete in Asia’s premier yacht race

  • Things to do in Phuket

    Learn about the Asklepieion

    Known as the birthplace of medicine and dating back to around 400 BC, Asklepieion is a legendary medical centre to visit near the main town of Phuket. There’s plenty to see including temples, a museum, and Roman baths.

    Monkey around

    Take a walk up Monkey Hill and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the curious creatures, who are more than happy to appear in photos (just keep your camera close!). It’s a nice walk too, with fab views across the island from the top, perfect for sunset photoshoots.

    Muay Thai suggest boxing?

    If you like to try things off the beaten track, then the Patong Boxing Stadium puts on a night you’re going to love. Enjoy snacks and drinks on ringside seating as Muay Thai boxers show off their best moves — not for the faint-hearted!

    Not your average photoshoot

    If you’re always looking for your next family photo opportunity, head to the Phuket Trickeye Museum. This great little place has loads of mind-bending art and chances to take one-of-a-kind pics to remember your holiday.

    Go island hopping

    On beach holidays in Phuket, you don’t have to stick to one place - there are loads magical islands waiting to be explored by boat from the mainland. You’ll paddle through caves and bays so beautiful they’ve made it into the movies, like James Bond Island and The Beach’s Koh Phi Phi.

    Easy like a Sunday market

    Shopaholics and bargain hunters all head to the Sunday Walking Street Market in Phuket Town, where the traffic gets swapped for stalls packed with locally-made crafts and fashion. The perfect place to find that unique souvenir to take home!

    Phuket Monkey Hill

    What's the weather like in Phuket?

    The most glorious sunshine and dry heat comes between November and February, and the sea stays nice and toasty all year. If you’re thinking of booking a last minute holiday to Phuket at any other time, be aware that in March the heat and humidity picks up significantly, and monsoon season runs from May to October.


    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 27 °c 28 °c 8 h
    Feb 28 °c 29 °c 9 h
    Mar 29 °c 29 °c 8 h
    Apr 29 °c 30 °c 9 h
    May 29 °c 30 °c 8 h
    Jun 29 °c 30 °c 7 h
    Jul 28 °c 30 °c 8 h
    Aug 27 °c 29 °c 8 h
    Sep 27 °c 29 °c 7 h
    Oct 28 °c 29 °c 7 h
    Nov 27 °c 29 °c 7 h
    Dec 27 °c 30 °c 8 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Phuket

    How long does it take to fly to Phuket?

    Flights from the UK to Phuket take around 11 and a half hours.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and Phuket?

    The local time in Phuket is seven hours ahead of the UK.

    What currency do they use in Phuket?

    The official currency used in Phuket is the Thai baht.

    What language do they speak in Phuket?

    The official language of Phuket is Thai, though many also speak English in the tourist areas.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Phuket?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to the Thailand on the FCDO website.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Phuket?

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

    Do I need a visa to travel to Phuket?

    In usual circumstances you do not need a visa to travel to Phuket for under 30 days. You’ll need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your holiday.

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    Top Phuket Hotels

    The Charm Resort Phuket

    Patong, Phuket, Thailand

    Grand Mercure Phuket Patong

    Patong, Phuket, Thailand

    Blue Marine Resort & Spa

    Patong, Phuket, Thailand

    Club Bamboo Boutique Resort & Spa

    Patong, Phuket, Thailand

    Sugar Palm Grand, Hillside

    Kata, Phuket, Thailand

    Namaka Resort Kamala

    Kamala, Phuket, Thailand

    Mandarava Resort and Spa

    Karon, Phuket, Thailand

    The Senses Resort

    Patong, Phuket, Thailand

    The Yama Hotel Phuket

    Kata, Phuket, Thailand

    Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

    Karon, Phuket, Thailand

    Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

    Kata, Phuket, Thailand

    Thavorn Beach Village & Spa

    Nakalay Bay, Phuket, Thailand

    Village Resort & Spa

    Karon, Phuket, Thailand

    Andaman Cannacia Resort And Spa

    Kata, Phuket, Thailand

    Baan Boa Resort

    Patong, Phuket, Thailand

    Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa

    Patong, Phuket, Thailand

    Seaview Patong

    Patong, Phuket, Thailand

    Centara Villas, Phuket

    Karon, Phuket, Thailand

    Kata Palm Resort And Spa

    Kata, Phuket, Thailand

    Aspasia Phuket

    Kata, Phuket, Thailand

    Novotel Beach Resort Panwa Phuket

    Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand

    Supalai Resort & Spa Phuket

    Pa Khlok, Phuket, Thailand

    Millennium Resort Patong Phuket

    Patong, Phuket, Thailand

    Phuket Orchid Resort & Spa

    Karon, Phuket, Thailand

    Serenity Resort & Residences

    Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

    Banyan Tree Phuket

    Bang Tao Bay, Phuket, Thailand

    Two Villas Holiday Oxygen

    Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand

    Baramee Resortel

    Patong, Phuket, Thailand

    The Kee Resort & Spa

    Patong, Phuket, Thailand

    Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach

    Nai Thon Beach, Phuket, Thailand

    Phuket Weather

    Phuket is generally very hot, particularly between March and May. The monsoon season runs from June to October, when the climate is still hot and humid with torrential rains. The best time for travelling is November to February (cool season), although the southern islands are best from June to September.

    The jungle areas can be humid, but the beaches tend to be dry heat in peak months (Dec to April). So you can sip a beach cocktail on Christmas Day or take a romantic snorkel together on Valentine's Day with almost guaranteed sunshine.

    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

    Although we doubt you would ever be tired of lazing on the beach in Phuket, there are plenty of other activities to enhance your holiday, with various excursions available to surrounding smaller islands.

    Obviously the stunning beaches are the largest attraction to Phuket and you can certainly while away your time enjoying the sea, sand and surf. But if you fancy a change there are plenty of other activities to try:

    For family fun head to Phuket Fantasea (Kamala Beach, Katha) which is a theme park with rides as well as some colourful dance performances.

    Experiencing a traditional Thai massage is a must, a mix between massage, yoga and wrestling! They manipulate muscles you never knew you had. However, they all offer more relaxing 'oil' or 'after-sun' massage. Alternatively choose to pamper yourself with a beach-side manicure or pedicure.

    There are some amazing dive sites around Phuket's coral reefs with plenty of dive schools and resorts to choose from, Any skill level can enjoy diving, from beginners to PADI certified.

    Thai Boxing is a national sport and you will be offered flyers to go see the almost nightly bouts, if that�s your cup of tea.

    Hone your cookery skills by enrolling on a Thai cookery course and wowing your friends back home.

    If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Phuket for the Thai New Year in mid-April (called Songkhran) you will witness the world's biggest water fight and be expected to join in - prepare for a soaking.

    For a quieter day out try a trip to the longest beach, Hat Mai Khao near the North Western tip of Phuket. Sea turtles lay their eggs between November and February each year, (don't touch the turtles or their eggs) includes a visitors centre with toilets, showers and picnic tables.

    Head for Phuket town for bargain shopping, this is where the 'real shops' aimed at the locals are, rather than for the tourists. Although many towns sport their own markets, with Patong being a touristy highlight.

    There have been a number of movies set in Thailand. You can visit James Bond island from 'The Man with the Golden Gun' or grab a boat from Phuket town to Phi Phi Ley, literally 'The Beach' and as beautiful as the movie suggests. If you manage to spend any time near Bangkok you can walk across the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.


    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.


    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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