Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Patong, the main town, has a more casual vibe and is filled with wild nightclubs, bars and discos
The Good : Lots of sunshine likely. Calm seas ideal for swimming at the beach and scuba diving or launch trips. Nightlife has a good party atmosphere Roads in the towns are busy. Highest prices for travel, accommodation and shopping
Located off the southwest coast, just an hour’s flight from Bangkok, Phuket is linked to the mainland by a causeway and is thus accessible by road as well as by air
There are many daily flights from Bangkok, as well as direct airlinks with Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and Europe. Alternatively, there are overnight bus services from Bangkok
Resorts hotels generally offer shuttle bus services into Phuket Town, and also have taxi and car hire facilites Jeeps and motorbikes can be hired from various shops in Phuket and at the main beaches. Mini taxis are plentiful in town. Boats to Phi Phi and other offshore islands depart from various points (mostly Makham Pier, Chalong Bay and Rawai Beach) and arrangements are easily made through your hotel travel counter, where you can also book tour excursions to Phangnga and elsewhere.