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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jutting out into the Andaman Sea, crowned with a lighthouse and an elephant shrine, Promthep Cape (Laem Phromthep is Phuket’s southernmost point. Sweeping views over sparkling waters, rugged islands, sailing boats, sugar palms, and maybe even a paraglider or two make the headland a favorite photo stop, particularly around sunset.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Phuket

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Great snapshot of Phuket
Tiana_N, Apr 2022
Phuket Best Half Day City Tour (SHA Plus)
Great half day tour to see some culture and scenic views of Phuket in contrast to the beach area where I was staying.
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AMAZING
Sabrina_L, Apr 2022
Luxury Boat to James bond islands with lunch and sunset dinner
We had so much fun, the views were great, the activities were so much fun and the hospitality was amazing.
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Welcome to Phuket
Mary_H, Mar 2022
Private Tour: Amazing Phuket Island Tour with Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
We has lunch, and was able to add an extra tour to see the tigers.
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Great city tour of Phuket
Sadiqe_R, Mar 2022
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
Daisy was a great host and showed us the top attractions in Phuket.
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Best private tour in Phuket
Megan_S, Jan 2022
SHA PLUS Phuket City Tours with Landmark Viewpoints & Noted Attraction
Kim was a fantastic guide, spoke good English and I enjoyed learning about Thailand from him.
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Best Tour in Phuket
Anika_A, Nov 2021
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
The best way to see Phuket!
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A great way to see Phuket easily.
Darren_W, Apr 2022
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
A great way to see Phuket.
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See A lot of the City
Amber_N, Apr 2022
Phuket Best Half Day City Tour (SHA Plus)
We got to see a lot of the sights in Phuket all at one time, which was convenient.
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A memorable experience
JORDAN_J, Mar 2022
Phuket Old Town Food Tour
Her English is perfect and she was such a kind and generous person.
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Kim is an amazing tour...
sarah_s, Mar 2022
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
He speaks good English and understands his customers.
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A great experience
Julie, Feb 2022
Phuket Old Town Food Tour
She also provided us with recommendations of places to visit while we were in Phuket.
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Great way to see Phuket
Emily_S, Feb 2020
Phuket City Tour
Good way to see lots of Phuket and main attractions.
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Phuket City Tour - i 100% recommend it.
Sonia_M, Jan 2020
Phuket Tour to Karon View Point, Big Buddha and Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
This was a great way to see phuket without paying a large amount of money for taxi fares.
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Lovely day in Phuket
stephen_n, Dec 2019
Small Group Phuket Sightseeing and City Tour
She spoke English very well and had strong knowledge of the area.
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Professional, friendly service
Todd_S, Dec 2019
Private PHUKET Arrival Transfer - Phuket Airport to Hotel
Very knowledgeable of phuket and spoke perfect English.
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A great and relaxing day in Phuket
PuiKuen_W, Aug 2018
Phi Phi Snorkeling Day Trip by Speedboat Including Buffet Lunch
Everything is well organized and have no doubt to recommend this day trip to anyone who plans to go Phuket with friends or family with kids.
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Vun Yau V, Aug 2008
Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour
The tour guide was very pleasant and spoke good English.
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Well behaved and knowledgeable guide...
TARA NATH R, Nov 2010
Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour
English spoken by the guide is good.
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Brilliant Overview of Phuket Island
Chris_V, Mar 2022
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
They gave me a great insight into Phuket, and I will talk about this tour to my friends back home and recommend it as a great first overview to see the Island.
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Great tour, yummy food, highly informative!
Deb_G, Jan 2022
Phuket Best Half Day City Tour (SHA Plus)
What a great way to see the highlights of Phuket and get the "insider" track on all things Thai.
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