Being one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations ensures that information describing Phuket’s virtues can be found on travel websites all over the internet.
However, because there is a tendency to emphasise only the positive aspects finding the answers to simple questions like “Does it ever rain there?” or “Are all places on the island beautiful?” can be quite frustrating.
Yes, it can rain a lot in Phuket and no, not all parts are beautiful but go at the right time of year, choose the right place to stay and you will find yourself in one of the nicest tropical settings imagineable.
Many travellers rely completely on the advice of a travel agent who may or may not have their best interests at heart. The aim of this guide is to provide enough basic information (and some opinion) about Phuket to help first-time visitors make their own holiday decisions.
Phuket is a big island so if you do not choose wisely you may end up booking a hotel miles away from the places you like best. Different locations suit diferent people. Some want to stay near the nightlife action of Patong while others prefer the more relaxed atmosphere of smaller towns such as Karon and Kata. [Read More]
Although Phuket has warm weather throughout the year there is a "rainy season" during which tourist numbers drop to their lowest. However, if you wish to make some big savings on flights and accommodation it may actually be the best time for you to vist. Our month by month breakdown of the seasons may help you decide. [Read More]
There are lots of hotels in Phuket with excellent swimming pools but, when the crowds arrive, it can sometimes be difficult finding a sunbed that has not already been taken. One way to avoid the battle of the sunbeds is to book a resort that offers private pool villas and, provided your budget is not too lean, there are quite a few to choose from. [Read More]
Phuket is well blessed with modern shopping malls so there's very little that you can't buy there and often you'll pay a lot less than you would in your home country. However, there are some things that are best packed in your luggage before you travel. [Read More]
Its a great place to relax in the sun but when you've had enough of lying on the beach there's lot's of fun things to do on Phuket. From bungy jumping and scuba diving to more sedate activities such as shopping and sight-seeing, there's plenty to suit all age groups. [Read More]
If you've never been to Thailand before you can look forward to a wonderful exotic holiday. Phuket is a relatively safe place but it does pay to know a few things before you go. A little information on avoiding over-charging, offending Thai people and scams may help you have a better, problem-free holiday. [Read More]
Beautiful scenery, exotic wildlife, fabulous Thai temples, cabaret shows - Phuket has it all. There are many modern attractions such as the Fantasea Thai-themed show but there are also sights that show elements of traditional Thai life such as the impressive temple at Chalong. [Read More]
About 3 hours drive from Phuket is the incredibly beautiful province of Krabi. Not yet as well known as Phuket, Krabi is a quieter alternative that some may wish to consider but before booking a holiday there it is important to be aware of which areas are best to stay in. Krabi Town for instance is probably not the best choice for most as its too far from the best beaches. [Read More]