Phuket, the Pearl of the Andaman, is the largest island in Thailand and just one hour flight from Bangkok. Travelers are often surprised by the sheer size of the island, which is 48 km in length, 21 km at its widest point. Suspended at the tip of the Phang Nga Province by a pair of busy bridges, popular tourism has transformed the region into Thailand’s wealthiest province. Along the west coast you find the sweeping bays of Kata, Karon and Patong beaches, which are hugely popular with Australians. The capital is Phuket Town, found in the south east of the island, just under an hour’s drive from Phuket airport. Phuket town is a popular base to explore the island dotted around the Phuket coastline.
Throughout the year Phuket maintains a hot and humid temperature. March through to May is considered the ‘hot’ season, and the summer monsoon season lasts from then until October. Despite this, the mornings and afternoon are still generally clear, with the rain usually coming at night. The remaining months of the year offer a temperature similar to that of North Queensland, so you can expect great sun all year round.
Find authentic accommodation in Phuket- Rent apartments or beach-side villas from locals.
Phuket is Thailand’s best region developed for tourists, and this is reflected in the great range of holiday rentals it offers. Villas are perhaps the most popular form of accommodation on the island. These offer a piece of luxury and often also a pool, which comes in handy during the hot days. If you are travelling with a large group, you can split the cost of your villa, thus saving money on accommodation.
Backpackers should look to rent a room in a local's Phuket apartment. This private room offers you all the amenities of a hotel room, plus the chance to mix with locals, while saving a great deal of money. The best benefit of renting holiday apartments however, is the fact your money will go in to local pockets instead of into the multi-national hotel industry.
Wimdu offers the best range of villas and apartments in Phuket. Select an accommodation option that makes the rest of your holiday easier. If you want to enjoy the beach look for villas near the west coast of the islands. While those wanting to party should check out the apartment rentals in Phuket’s party town Patong
Did you know ?
- Thailand is bigger than the United Kingdom, Iceland, Belgium and Austria combined.
- Thai boxing is the national sport in Thailand.
- Thailand is also the only country in South-east Asia never to be colonised by European power.
- 95% of Thais are Buddhists.
Exploring the island.
Phuket is blessed by such a wide abundance of natural attractions that its cultural attractions are often somewhat missed. If you can bear to drag yourself away from the iconic beaches, beautiful sea and tropical islands awaiting your discovery, then make sure your next stop is one or two of these lesser-known gems.
Phuket Old Town – Not many visitors ever make it as far as the capital's colorful older districts. Stroll around bustling markets, and soak up the spicy flavour, and secret cafés of the capital’s centre. This 19th century part of town was built from the wealth gleamed during the tin trade and offers you some of the best Sino-Portuguese architecture in Thailand.
Chalong Bay Rum Distillery – Award winning all-natural liquor is created by a young French couple in Muang. The tour includes a free cocktail and the option to try workshops. Experience the inner workings of this beautiful distillery.
Buddist Temples-The island of Phuket is home to 29 Buddhist temples, Wat Chalong is perhaps the most delightful. Over 30 carved Buddhas are located around this golden temple. Its impressive exterior attracts many visitors, but please take care to respect the religious dress code if you wish to venture inside further.
Big Buddha – Standing 45m-high, this alabaster Buddha smiles down on south Phuket and is one of the islands most peaceful and worthy attractions. It is an incredibly peaceful and relaxed spot and a great place to come for some downtime and to enjoy the spectacular views. What’s more it is right next to the stunning beach of Karon, where you can complete your day by spending time in some for the best waters in Thailand.