Destination Guide - Phuket

Action-seekers, luxe retreaters, Bond fans – there’s a Phuket experience to suit many types. Patong, the busiest stretch, is where you’ll find more of the touristy clubs, souvenir shops and crowds. Beyond the buzz, in areas like Karon, you’ll find some of the world’s top five-star resorts. For a bit of Man with the Golden Gun trivia, tour Phang Nga Bay and check out what is now known as “James Bond Island”. And no matter what your budget or Bond flick of choice may be, there are beautiful beaches for everybody.

The Basics

Currency: Baht (Bht)
Population: 270,000
Time zone: +7
Daylight savings: N/A
Country code: +66
Area code: 76
Language: Thai
Electricity voltage: 220V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Two-wire plug with two round prongs or two-wire prong with flat parallel blades
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

    • James Bond Island/ Phang Nga Bay
    • Phi Phi Island
    • Coral Island
    • Khao Sok National Park

Events

  • October (ninth Chinese lunar month)
    Vegetarian Festival
  • November (full moon of the 12th Chinese lunar month)
    Loy Krathong
  • 13 March
    Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival
  • 13-15 April
    Songkran Festival

Weather

Phuket experiences warm, tropical weather throughout the year, with average temperatures ranging between the mid-20s and low 30s (degrees Celsius). April through September is the wettest period.


Getting there and around

There are buses operating between Phuket Town and beaches. Otherwise, public transport is limited to taxis, tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis. It is advisable to negotiate your fare before departing. Visitors can also rent cars or motorbikes.

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Travel Insider Phuket suggestions

Accommodation

Anantara Phuket Resort and Spa
Anantara Phuket Resort and Spa

888 Moo 3, Tumbon Mai Khao, Amphur Thalang, Phuket, Thailand.

Six Senses Destination Spa, Phuket
Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket

32 Moo 5, Tambol Paklok, Amphur Thalang, Phuket, Thailand.

The Sarojin, Phang Nga, Thailand
The Sarojin, Phang Nga, Thailand

60 Moo 2, Kukkak, Takuapa, Phang Nga, Thailand.

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Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other travel destinations around Thailand.

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