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Phuket
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Phuket, the largest island in southern Thailand, is a renowned beach destination with crystal-clear beaches, rich marine life, stunning cliffs, and the picturesque Phi Phi Islands. Visitors can partake in water activities such as snorkeling and kayaking, as well as explore vibrant night markets and modern malls. The region also features a unique culinary culture influenced by its proximity to the Malay Peninsula.

Phuket's prosperity can be traced back to the 17th century when the tin trade in the region flourished, attracting a large number of Chinese workers from the Malay Peninsula who left a legacy of charming shophouse architecture in the old town. Despite the decline of the tin mining industry, Phuket continues to allure global travelers with its enchanting natural beauty, securing its position as Thailand's third-largest tourist city.

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Top Attractions

Suggested Itinerary

Phuket offers a diverse range of attractions spread out across the island. Popular beaches like Patong and Karon are located in the west, while the charming old town and piers to the outer islands can be found in the southeast. For a fulfilling visit, plan 4-5 days to enjoy luxurious beachfront accommodations while exploring the beautiful beaches, outer islands, and the captivating old town.

DAY 1
Phuket Airport → Check in to beachfront hotel
DAY 2
Elephant Sanctuary / Blue Tree Water Park → Patong Beach Shopping
DAY 3
Phi Phi Island / Outer Islands Day Tour
DAY 4
Phuket Old Town → Weekend Night Market / Chillva Market
DAY 5
Big Buddha → Central Phuket / Big C Shopping → Phuket Airport

Apart from the renowned Phi Phi Island, Phuket is surrounded by almost 30 islands of different sizes, such as Coral Island (Koh He) and Khai Island. Nature lovers and water activity enthusiasts should also consider visiting James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay to the northeast.

Best Areas to Stay in Phuket

As Phuket is expansive, it takes some time to travel to major attractions regardless of where you stay. Therefore, you can simply decide between beachfront or the old town area. The old town and Patong Beach provide more affordable accommodations, while other areas along the west coast offer larger, well-equipped resorts.

    Patong Beach   ✓ nightlife center

     Beyond Patong

     Mövenpick Myth Hotel Patong

     Hotel Indigo Patong

     Four Points by Sheraton

    Karon/Kata Beach   ✓ quieter

     Thavorn Palm Beach Resort

     Phuket Emerald Beach Resort

     Pamookkoo Resort

     Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

    Old Town   ✓ cultural center

     The Memory at On On Hotel

     BAAN125 STAY

     Xinlor House

     Courtyard by Marriott

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