Phuket is the most popular resort island in Asia, located in the Amanda Sea, southern Thailand. Karon, Ao Sane, Mai Khao and Surin Beach are the most beautiful beaches on the island with clear blue water, white sandy beaches and lush tropical green ranges. If you are interested in fun underwater activities, the affordable options are surfing, kayaking, jetski, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing. Big Buddha Phuket and Wat Chalong are two important Buddhist temples in Phuket that you should visit. If you want to find an ideal spot to enjoy stunning sea views, go to Promthep Cape, located on a promontory on the southernmost tip of the island. The nightlife in Phuket is very vibrant, two common hotspots are Phuket city and Patong town.
Time to visit
November to April: Considered the best time to visit Phuket with pleasant weather and calm sea. But the price is high due to the flux of tourists coming here.
May to October: Monsoon season with some rain and strong wave. If you love surfing, then this time is perfect for you.
As the most famous resort island in Asia, Phuket has great facilities for tourists, so many wonderful resorts, hotels, guest houses and restaurants, bars, nightclubs. Keep in mind that most resorts here cost more than 100 USD per night, luxury hotels cost 50 – 100 USD per night, budget hotels cost between 30 and 50 USD per night and regular guest houses priced under 30 USD/night.
If you love food, you will probably love Phuket. Phuket is especially famous for its fresh and affordable seafood, which can be found at any beach town. Going further into the Old Town, you’ll experience a fusion cuisine with a variety of dishes.
Songthaews, taxis, tuk-tuks, motorcycles, motorcycle taxis, boats, Grab, Phuket smart buses.
Songthaews and taxies or Grab taxis are popular and have a lower price than other types of transportation. Fares of Songthaews range from 0.4 USD to 1.5 USD ; those of taxis are set at 1.7 USD for the first two kilometers and 0.2 USD per additional kilometer. Tuk-tuks in Phuket are more expensive than those anywhere else in Thailand, costing up to 3.5 USD per short trip. If you desire to explore this island by yourself, renting a motorbike is a wonderful choice, but also risky. Daily motorbike rental is about 8 USD. Besides local buses, Phuket smart buses, launched in 2018, are also worth a try, costing from 1.5 USD to 6 USD depending on your destination. Longtail boats are perfect for getting small islands and inaccessible beaches with the prices range from 30 USD to 65 USD per round trip.
How to get to Phuket
Phuket International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Thailand, with many domestic flights from/to Bangkok, Pattaya, Ko Samui, and Chiang Mai. You can also find regular flights that link Phuket with Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and several cities in Europe.
You can easily find buses from other regions like Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Na and Surat Thani that arrive at the central bus station in Phuket Town. The buses offer basic air-con, or bathroom and more legroom with extra bath.
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