With so many unique, beautiful and diverse destinations to choose from, Phuket has something for everyone.
Phuket Island, also referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, is Thailand’s top tourist destination and one of the most beautiful places in the Kingdom. Boasting everything from picturesque beaches and stunning mountain views, to bustling tourist towns and a world-renowned nightlife, the island attracts people from all walks of life, from all corners of the globe.
Over the years many of Phuket’s beaches have become home to a wealth of tourist development. Together with the expansion of the areas, the island has experienced a dramatic increase in the amount of luxury villas, multimillion-dollar mansions and high-rise condominiums being built. However there are still a number of less populated bays and villages where visitors and residents can enjoy traditional Thai island life.
The north east of the island is home to the National Park, Ao Por and Cape Yamu. The beaches here aren’t ideal for swimming but the waters are great for mooring boats, and thus, you’ll find a busy pier at Ao Por, as well as the world famous Royal Phuket Marina and Boat Lagoon in Sampan Bay.
In the northwest, the beaches of Nai Thon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao become deserted and are host to just a few exclusive properties. Here the beaches are bordered by the Sirinat National Park, which makes the area one of the best places to observe local wildlife.
To the south east of the island lies the main business hub of Phuket Town – a delightful area that boasts a mix of Sino-Portuguese architecture together with traditional Thai and Chinese temples. Along the south coast is the stunning Cape Panwa and the popular beach of Chalong - another bay where yachts, speedboats and long tails come to moor.
The southwest of Phuket is home to the busier beaches - Patong, Karon, Kata, Nai Harn and Rawai. Patong is the island’s tourist center and is world-renowned for it’s raunchy nightlife. Along the west coast just north of Patong are the upmarket areas of Kamala Beach - home to the ‘Millionaires Row’ - Surin Beach, and Bang Tao Beach - where the exquisite Laguna Phuket resort complex can be found.
As Thailand’s biggest island, the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ certainly has a lot to offer, the only question is, where would you prefer to reside during your stay in Phuket?