Phuket
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Phuket is all about luxury, resorts and massages. Watch the sunset over the Andaman Sea, soak up some sun and get a Thai massage in Phuket! Laze around on white sand beaches, swim in clear waters of Nai Harn beach or go snorkelling and windsurfing at Kata beach. Surin beach is a great place to spend the evening with its bars, restaurants and clubs. If you’re looking for a quieter holiday, visit the lesser known Nai Thon beach. Choose from water skiing, parasailing, boogie boards, sea kayaks and scuba diving and you won’t want for more in Phuket. You could also visit the Native Handicrafts Center, the Phuket Butterfly Farm, Phuket Orchid Garden and Thai Village or the Chana Charoen Crocodile Farm. One of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, Phuket lies 870 kilometres south of Bangkok and has a rich history, a variety of marine life and dense tropical forests. Stay at the beachside resorts and enjoy a vacation in the lap of luxury. For a real flavour of local life, stay in Nipa palm thatched rooms. You could also board an ocean cruise ship and pamper yourself with some spa treatment and a Thai massage. Experience the luxuries of a vacation at this beach paradise.

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Our tips for Phuket

Our tips
  • Don’t settle for Patong. While many travellers opt for accommodation nearby the central Patong beach, for the best Phuket sightseeing experience, head to the quieter (and much more picturesque) beaches further south. Our favourites are the charming Nai Hahn and Kata Noi beaches.
  • Say Wat. Most of the Thai population are Buddhist, and one of the most amazing things to do in Phuket is visit a local Buddhist temple, known as a “wat”. While foreigners are more than welcome, be sure to behave respectfully at all times and dress conservatively.

Good to know

Best time to visit
If you’re after a beach holiday, you’re best bet is planning your Phuket tours for the months of December and January. These month’s promise a perfect climate where maximum sunshine and minimum rainfall combine, so when considering what to do in Phuket, and when to do it, keep December and January in mind.
Getting around
Navigating Phuket can be testing. Here’s our travel breakdown of the best ways to find your way through this city…
  • Hopping on the back of a Taxi bike may be a great way to scoot past dense traffic, but be sure to ask for a helmet and negotiate a price for your trip before riding.
  • A must-do Phuket attraction of its own, Thailand’s Tuk Tuks are another great mode of transport in this busy region. Notorious for overcharging unknowing tourists, again be sure to negotiate the price for your Phuket day tour before your journey.
  • When considering what to do in Phuket, many travellers opt for a car or motorbike rental, which grants them the freedom to visit the beaches and take the Phuket day trips as it suits them. Just be sure to research the hire car company and dealerships first.
Stay Safe
It’s always important to apply caution and common sense during your travels. Keep these tips in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch…
  • Be careful of pickpockets in well-known tourist areas, particularly at times when it is very crowded. Thieves are known for targeting those night-time revellers who have had a few too many. Take particular care when approached by seemingly friendly locals late at night. Katoeys or "lady-boys" have a particularly bad reputation for this.
  • Keep your belongings close to hand at all times.
  • Be wary of any locals who unsolicited, offers you the chance to buy cheap gems and jewels. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, more often than not, it is.

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