Phuket, Pearl of the Andaman Sea

Phuket island has everything to offer for a perfect holiday, whether you are travelling alone, as a couple, with a group of friends or the entire family. Beautiful beaches, tropical weather, delicious food, endless shopping possibilities, amazing viewpoints and attractions, beauty and massage parlors, luxurious spas and accommodation that suits anyones budget.

Phuket is surrounded by smaller islands, of which the Phi Phi islands to the east are the most popular. In the north lies the beautiful Phang Nga province.

Whilst the old Sarasin bridge has been rebuilt to a public promenade, ideal for a sunset visit, it's the newer Thepkrasattri bridges which connect the island to the mainland, making Phuket accessible by road, air as well as by sea.

The most popular tourist area on Phuket is Patong with its vibrant nightlife and endless shopping possibilities.

Most developed beach towns are located on the west coast of Phuket. South of Patong you will find Karon, Kata, Kata Noi, Nai Harn and Rawai with the famous Promthep Cape.

Kamala, Surin, Bang Tao, Nai Thon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao are located north of Patong and are visited by those who prefer a less crowded and more relaxed environment.

Bang Tao Beach

North
Bang Tao Beach | Cherngtalay

Bang Tao is accessible from Surin when traveling north on the Surin Soi 8 road and merging with the district of Cherngtalay east of Bang Tao Beach. It is one of the longer beaches on the island with only a few high-end resorts enjoying a beachfront location.

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Kamala Beach

North
Kamala Beach

North of Patong up the western coast lies Kamala Beach in a secluded valley surrounded by lush mountains. Kamala which before tourism was a fisherman's village, prides itself in maintaining a simple life creating a laid back atmosphere.

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Red Mountain Golf, Kathu

Central
Kathu

Kathu is only 5 to 10 minutes away from Patong, on the way to Phuket Town, and the perfect destination for a day without the beach. A lot of the daytime activities on the island are concentrated on this part of the island. Kathu has a huge expat community.

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Karon Beach

South
Karon Beach

Karon Beach is a 5km long, gently curving beach with fine white sand. The north end, just in front of the lake, is quiet at most times and ideal to relax. The sea here is safe during high season, but in low season there is a strong current.

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Big Buddha, Chalong

South
Chalong

Chalong is known for a few things. The busy and often confusing traffic circle from where you can drive to any direction on the island, the pier from where most diving and fishing trips leave in the early morning, Big Buddha and Chalong temple.

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Surin Beach

North
Surin Beach

Surin is concentrated along the beachfront and along hundreds of meters of the main road and the small streets (sois) leading off it. Surin is a fairly small community which relies on the neighboring BangTao to the north for a wider range of shopping and services.

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Patong Beach

Central
Patong Beach | Kalim

Patong is Phuket’s most popular and fastest growing beach area. New guesthouses, hotels, pubs and restaurants open every year offering accommodation, food, drinks and shopping facilities for all budgets. The beach gets very crowded in high season during the daytime.

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Phuket Town

Central
Phuket Town

Phuket Town takes its name from the Malay bukit, meaning “hill”. Khao Rang hill dominates the city and the view from the top is simply amazing. Much of the architecture dates from the last century and has been renovated into trendy shops.

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Kata Beach

South
Kata Beach | Kata Noi

Kata beach is ideal for younger couples and entire families and perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Just south of the football stadium in Karon is a street running up gently and houses great restaurants, shops and a few hotels that offer live music in the evening.

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Promthep Cape, Rawai

South
Rawai | Nai Harn

Rawai and Nai Harn are smaller beach areas and less crowded as Patong, Karon or Kata. The beach in Nai Harn is popular among locals and can get busy during the weekends with Thai families and the huge expat community that lives here.

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