Hotels in Phuket
Phuket enjoys a long history as a stop on the major trading routes between India and China. While its economy was traditionally supported by tin and rubber, today the tourism industry makes it Thailand’s richest province.
Phuket is Thailand’s biggest and busiest island. The western shore is where the famous resorts are to be found and here you’ll see tourists soaking up the sun and swimming in the warm waves of the Andaman Sea. Water sports and adventure activities are prevalent right along this coast. Patong is the most popular beach, and if you want to party the night away, this is the place to be.
Southeastern Phuket moves at a slightly slower pace with quieter beaches and small town charm.
Pang Nga Bay is famous for its limestone cliffs and caves and as the location of the James Bond film, The Man With the Golden Gun.
Apart from Phuket Town, the interior of Phuket remains undeveloped by tourism. Its fertile hilly terrain is a home to mangroves, pineapple plantations and sleepy Muslim fishing villages.
When to go:
Phuket is hot and humid year-round. The monsoon hits the island from May to October but parts of Phuket, such as Cape Panwa, are shielded from the worst of the wind and rain.
- Charter a boat from Chalong Bay to Phang Nga Bay where the sheer limestone karsts jutting vertically out of the emerald sea will take your breath away. Take a boat trip to see James Bond Island of Koh Panyee or stop for a dip at a secluded beach.
- Take a speed boat to Koh Phi Phi and spend the day snorkelling at the location of another hit movie, The Beach. Koh Phi Phi is distinguished by its limestone cliffs, coral reefs and long sandy beaches..
- Spend the day at Phuket FantaSea, 39km from Radisson Blu. The cultural theme park showcases the cultures and traditions of Thailand. It features a spectacular show with traditional dance, trapeze artists and performing elephants. There’s also food and shopping outlets, and games galore.
- Get away from the beaches in Phuket Town. Spend your day shopping in the busy markets or more upmarket homeware stores and while away the evening at a good restaurant and lively bar.
- See the half-buried golden Buddha statue at Wat Prathong, one of the oldest temples (wats) in Phuket.
- Take an open mind along to enjoy the nightlife on Bangla Road in Patong. The girly bars and loud nightclubs are eye-opening but unthreatening.
- Detox and unwind at the Talay Spa, whose services blend your birth year with the five Chinese elements.
- Take in a 360 degree view of southern and eastern Phuket from Panwa Viewpoint. It is less busy and more spectacular than Phuket’s other viewpoints.