December – February
LCY → HKT
Up to 30 days
Taxi: 8 £GBP (30 min)
Bus: 1 £GBP (40 min)
Travel insurance and vaccinations are recommended
Once an important trading port, Thailand’s biggest island, Phuket, has been influenced by the various cultures that have passed through and this can be witnessed in both the architecture and the cuisine of the region. This outlying island also boasts perfect beaches with great snorkelling and diving for active Phuket holidays, fabulous shopping is on offer beautiful luxury resorts and in colourful night markets. The surrounding area also boasts lush rainforest and traditional fishing villages.
Phuket has about 145 kilometres of coastline and the sea has carved bays and coves and bays out of all of it. Not every stretch of sand was created equally, though. Some of the beaches, like Kamala are very laid-back, while in lively Patong the reverse is true.
Temperature: In the hottest months the temperature can reach 34 degrees Celsius.
Best time for a visit: Between November and February.
The “land of smiles” features a tropical climate with both rainy and dry seasons, most consider the best time to visit is between November and February, when temperatures are not as hot, and there is less rain than other times of the year. Another good period for holidays to Phuket is in July and August, when it is the rainy season, temperatures are typically lower and rain might be confined to a quick afternoon downpour.
There are many elements in the tourism tapestry of Phuket. The island is situated just off Thailand’s southwest coast and the capital of the island, Phuket Town, is lively city of beeping tuk-tuks and early-morning markets. Sino-Portuguese architecture and funky shops will surprise and delight you in Phuket's sleepy capital. Expect the unexpected on Phuket holidays and don't forget to have your camera with you.
The coastline is the home of a host of beaches. Some of the sandy stretches are whisper quiet. For example, the 11 kilometres of Mai Khao Beach come under the protection of the Sirinat National Park, so there are few signs of life along its length.
Kamala Beach is another one that is very quiet. The unspoiled sand here is accompanied by a traditional Thai village and it is the place to go to experience an authentic Thai massage or learn local cookery.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is Patong Beach. Like all good beaches, this place was made for partying on holidays to Phuket – it features a multitude of bars and restaurants. After the sun goes down, the main street is closed to vehicles, and human traffic clogs the streets, travelling in and out of bars and discos.
Kata and Karon
Kata and Karon occupy the middle ground. On them you will find sun-loungers aplenty, while snorkelling is the primary watersport offered. The beaches are complemented by promenades, lively restaurants and quirky souvenir shops.
The great advantage of Phuket holidays is there’s always something to do, rain or shine.
A day spent at the unique Phang Nga Bay is an unforgettable experience that will certainly make you think. The sheer limestone cliffs jut vertically out of emerald-green waters. Koh Panyee and James Bond Island are just two of the famed spots in this bay.
Little in this world will prepare you for a night walk down Patong's Bangla Road. You just need an open mind and a sense of humour if you want to have some fun on your holidays to Phuket. With its exotic girls or boys in the form of ladyboys, enchanted westerners and extraverts everywhere, a visit to Bangla Road by night is a must.
The Big Buddha is visible from most of Phuket’s south. It stands atop of the Nakkerd Hills and looks down on Kata, Chalong and Rawai and is 45 metres high.
Wat Chalong is one of the most important temples on Phuket and is beautifully decorated. Wat Chalong has a fascinating history and is the spiritual centre of Phuket Island. You haven't properly seen Phuket if you've never visited this temple.