Phuket, Thailand and why it’s so popular

Traditional longtail boat at Railay beachPhuket is one of Thailand’s most popular resorts. Boasting beautiful beaches and access to some of the country’s most spectacular islands, it’s clear to see why Phuket attracts tourists in their droves. If you’re planning a personalised Thailand holiday, here are just some of the reasons why you may wish to spend a little time in Phuket.

What to see and do in Phuket

Phuket itself is a very lively, busy resort, which is made up of beaches that are packed during the height of the holiday season and winding streets lined with stalls, shops and bars. If you’re keen to shop, you’d like to try out local cuisine or you fancy a night on the tiles, you won’t be disappointed when you set your eyes on the bright lights of Phuket. One of the best things about Phuket is its proximity to much more tranquil and secluded spots. Away from the hustle and bustle of markets and bars, you’ll find glistening golden beaches flanked by bright blue waters and some of the island’s most luxurious hotels, most of which boast their own private stretches of powdery sand.

The most popular beach in Phuket is Patong Beach. Here, you’ll find an endless stream of sun-seekers and you can also try your hand at water sports, go parasailing and hire jet skis. When you’ve had enough of the beach, head inland and take a Thai cookery or Batik painting class or go-karting or bowling. Nearby Karon and Kata beaches are also popular choices for tourists. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds and enjoy scintillating views of tree-covered mountains in the distance, Paradise Beach is a must for your itinerary.

Exploring the surrounding area

The location of Phuket is also ideal for those who wish to explore a little further. Just a 3-hour drive from Phuket, you’ll find sedate Krabi, the gateway to the Andaman Islands, which feature heavily in guidebooks. These islands, including Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, are famed for their turquoise waters, which are often pictured surrounding traditional wooden long-tail boats. From nearby Ao Nang, you can also visit beautiful Railay Beach. If you’re staying on Phi Phi, you can take a short boat ride to Maya Bay, the famous backdrop for the hit film ‘The Beach’ and visit sea caves and beaches patrolled by monkeys on your travels. Aim for sunset to make the trip even more spectacular.