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Welcome to Phuket

A palm-fringed paradise of pristine beaches, exotic wildlife, and cocktails on tap, Phuket is Southern Thailand’s headline act. Jutting out into the Andaman Sea, this is Thailand’s largest island, as well as its busiest, and while the crush of tourists in high season can be overwhelming, its popularity is well deserved. The capital, Phuket Town, is the obvious starting point, with its buzzing markets and non-stop nightlife, but the best hotels can be found along the west coast, hugging the shores of Kamala Beach, Karon beach, and Kata Beach. Farther north, Surin and Layan Beach, and laid-back Rawai, at the southern tip of the island, offer respite from the crowds, while busy Patong Beach is the life of the party, boasting the island’s best nightlife. Phuket also serves as the departure point for many of the surrounding islands and there are a huge variety of day trips available. Cruise beneath the jagged limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay, home to James Bond Island; admire the Hollywood-worthy landscapes of the Phi Phi Island, where Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Beach” was filmed, or discover the underwater wonders of the remote Similan Islands.

Top 10 attractions in Phuket

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James Bond Island (Ko Khao Phing Kan)

James Bond Island (Ko Khao Phing Kan)

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A starring role in the 1974 James Bond movie “The Man With the Golden Gun” put the towering limestone islands of Ko Khao Phing Kan and the 66-foot-tall (20-meter) islet Ko Tapu firmly on Thailand’s tourist trail. While boats are forbidden from getting too close to the islands, opportunities for sightseeing abound in the surrounding area.More
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Phi Phi Islands (Koh Phi Phi)

Phi Phi Islands (Koh Phi Phi)

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From the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, the jungle-shrouded limestone cliffs of Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands rise majestically, giving way to white-sand beaches and lush green jungles further inland. Longtail boats putter between the islands, collectively known as Koh Phi Phi or Ko Phi Phi, surrounded by turquoise waters and colorful marine life.More
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Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga)

Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga)

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With limestone rock formations jutting out of the emerald green sea, Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga) in Thailand is famous the world over for its natural beauty. Many visitors to Thailand will find themselves crossing the bay on the way to popular tourist spots, such as Phuket or Krabi, but this place deserves some dedicated exploration time of its own.More
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Maya Bay (Maya Beach)

Maya Bay (Maya Beach)

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The stunning Maya Bay (Maya Beach) became a major tourist attraction after the 2000 film,The Beach, was filmed here. It’s situated within Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands, off the coasts of both Krabi and Phuket on the mainland, and is distinguished by its beautiful white-sand beach sheltered by limestone cliffs on three sides.There are in fact several beaches here, but most are small and some only exist at low tide. The main beach, where most boats drop passengers just offshore, is a 200-meter long strip of silky white sand. It’s surrounded by clear waters filled with colorful coral and an abundance of exotic fish, making it an absolute haven for snorkelers. Walking inland is also a treat, with a path that winds through lush greenery and reveals some simply spectacular scenery.It’s true that Maya Bay’s popularity has taken a certain degree of the shine from this once little-heard of slice of paradise. It’s become so well-known that its shores are filled with hoards of boats dropping visitors off and picking them up throughout the day, particularly in peak season. Visitors should arrive early in the morning to avoid the larger part of the crowds.Please note: Maya Bay (Maya Beach) is closed indefinitely due to overtourism.More
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Big Buddha (Wat Chalong)

Big Buddha (Wat Chalong)

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The Big Buddha Phuket is hard to miss. Built on a patch of virgin rain forest on Khao Nakkerd Hill high above Phuket, this gigantic 148-foot (45-meter) statue is one of the island's most prominent landmarks, easily seen from most places in the south. From the statue’s base, visitors enjoy panoramic views of Chalong Bay and Phuket town.More
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Phuket Old Town

Phuket Old Town

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The prominence of Phuket’s beaches and out islands mean that Phuket Old Town is often overlooked. Yet, it offers a wealth of 19th-century architectural delights and fantastic photo ops. Beside the latticed windows of Malay-style shop-front buildings on Soi Rommanee, Old Phuket Town boasts temples, museums, and restaurants.More
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Ao Phang Nga National Park

Ao Phang Nga National Park

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Known for its limestone rock formations rising out of the turquoise Andaman Sea, the protected Ao Phang Nga National Marine Park covers a large swathe of water in southern Thailand. Many visitors come to the area to enjoy the scenery and take part in watersports.More
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Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong

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As the most significant of Phuket’s 29 Buddhist temples, Wat Chalong attracts hundreds of visitors daily. A mountain backdrop emphasizes a golden spire, while wall paintings inside each temple depict vibrant Buddhist images. The main stupa, known as the Grand Pagoda, is said to harbor a splinter of the Buddha’s bone.More
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Patong Beach

Patong Beach

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Big, brash, and bold, Patong is a high-energy resort on the west coast of Phuket, Thailand. Patong Beach, a deep stretch of white sand on a crescent bay, holds natural charms. But many head here for the restaurants, cabarets, dance shows, Thai boxing matches, and the loud and lively nightlife that draws travelers young and old alike.More
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Promthep Cape (Laem Phromthep)

Promthep Cape (Laem Phromthep)

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Situated at Phuket’s most southerly point, Promthep Cape (or Laem Phromthep) is the rocky headland than juts out into the sea here, offering incredible views over the east and southeast of the island, particularly at sunset.Promthep Cape is a popular spot with ample parking and a large open space on top of the hill from which to enjoy the views. There’s also an elephant shrine plus a lighthouse with historical maritime artifacts on display for those interested in the history of the area. If you go up to the viewing balcony of the lighthouse, you will be rewarded with some spectacular views of the surrounding islands – on a clear day, you can even make out the distinctive shapes of Koh Phi Phi, Koh Racha Yai, and Koh Racha Noi.Every evening, tour buses and other vehicles arrive at Promthep Cape full of tourists and locals looking to catch the sunset. As a result, an inevitable series of stalls selling the usual tourist fare have been set up on the hill. After the rush at sunset, a sudden peace descends on the area, and those who like dining with a view can enjoy a peaceful dinner overlooking Nai Harn Beach at the Phromthep Cape Restaurant.A trip up to Promthep Cape can be combined with visiting Phuket’s other viewpoints and attractions on a half-day Phuket city tour or a full-day island and city tour from Krabi. Those into their motorbikes will love exploring the island’s most scenic parts on a ‘big’ motorbike day trip.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Phuket

star-5
Great value for money!
Michael_C, Mar 2020
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (Multi Languages)
Well worth going on this trip to see the main sights.
star-5
Daisy!
Lauren_W, Feb 2020
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (Multi Languages)
The trip was lovely and it was great to see all of the main attractions in Phuket in one trip
star-5
Great way to see Phuket
Emily, Feb 2020
Phuket City Tour (No-shopping)
Good way to see lots of Phuket and main attractions.
star-4
Good tour
marionnelocke, Feb 2020
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
We really enjoyed the tour, it was a good way to see the area around Phuket town and our guide Lee was very well informed and took great care.
star-5
Phuket City Tour - i 100% recommend it.
soniamataramvura, Jan 2020
Phuket Tour to Karon View Point Big Buddha and Wat Chalong
This was a great way to see phuket without paying a large amount of money for taxi fares.
star-5
Great afternoon tour
gdogreg, Dec 2019
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
Grear tour if you want to see all the highlight of the Phuket and you are short of time.
star-5
Professional, friendly service
Spesh0409, Dec 2019
PHUKET Private Airport Transfers
Very knowledgeable of phuket and spoke perfect English.
star-5
Great value for money.
paulcler, Feb 2020
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (Multi Languages)
Great tour to see some great sights of Phuket.
star-4
Good way to see Phuket island itself...
Shane B, Jan 2007
Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour
Good way to see Phuket island itself.
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Nicky the tour guide is very...
Preven A, May 2016
Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour
Even though its a fairly basic tour, it was very informative and a good way to see Phuket from the comfort of an air-conditioned mini-van.
star-5
Took this tour with my best friend...
Ashley H, Jun 2016
Canoe Cave Explorer Phang Nga Bay Tour from Phuket
We got to see quite a bit, and the boat was comfortable to cruise around on as well.
star-5
Fantastic City Tour
alexisshoemate, Feb 2020
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (Multi Languages)
The day went smoothly and it was wonderful to see the historic highlights of the region with an expert guide.
star-5
This is the perfect way to see the...
Zali N, Jun 2016
Private Customized Phuket Tour with Driver
This is the perfect way to see the sites you want to see in Phuket.
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The driver waited for us despite a...
Haley S, Apr 2017
Private Airport Transfer in Phuket
His company (My Phuket Holiday) also gave us information about day trips and activities.
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The driver was waiting for us right...
Francis F, Dec 2016
Private Departure Transfer: Phuket Hotel to Airport
He was very professional and recommend where to go and things to do in Phuket.
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The guide was very helpful and even...
CLINTON S, May 2011
Phuket Airport Arrival – Shared Transfer
The guide was very helpful and even gave me more information on what to do while in Phuket.
star-5
Speedboat to Phi Phi - a good decision
gbansen, Feb 2020
Phi Phi, Bamboo & Rang Yai Islands Snorkeling Trip w/ Lunch by Speedboat
The opportunity to take a speed boat from Phuket allowed us to see these amazing Islands all in a day.
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Excellent well worth the money
joysant12365, Jan 2020
4 ISLANDS DELUXE (PHIPHI, KRABI, JAMES BOND, RANG YAI) - 2 Days 1 Night
On arrival at the dock was a little sceptical as we appeared to be the only English speaking.
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Perfect day with good driver
Tom-muh, Jan 2020
Private Car Charter: Customized Phuket Tour (English Speaking Driver)
He was good at speaking English and kindly explained how to walk around the sightseeing spots, how long it will take to the next spot etc.
star-5
What a memorable trip it was.. to the James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay Sea Cave!
762kannanr, Oct 2019
Phang Nga Bay Sea Cave Canoeing & James Bond Island w/ Buffet Lunch by Big Boat
I was with my wife in Phuket and it was a last minute decision to see these places and I couldn't think of any other operator other than Viator.

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