Phuket is Asia’s most popular beach destination. The north and east coast of Phuket are characterised by the wonderful views of Phang Nga Bay’s sheer limestone karsts that jut vertically out of the water. Since 1981, a large area of Phang Nga is now protected by being classed as the Ao Phang Nga National Park. There are few beaches on the north and east coast, while the south and west coast have the amazing beaches. The centre of the island has some jungle areas.
Beautiful beaches, warm blue seas, wonderful hospitality, and hotels and property to rent – from budget to the sublimely extravagant – make Phuket a magnet for people wanting to have a great time. Phuket though is not just about beaches; there are also many fun activities. International standard golf courses, wonderful spas, world-class diving, boating trips and tropical forest explorations are just a few of the activities on offer.
Phuket is hot all year round, with temperatures ranging from 25-34°C. Phuket has 2 seasons: dry and wet. The dry season is typically from November to April.
Throughout the year, Phuket has several great festivals, offering a real opportunity to see Phuket’s local culture in action. Many people plan their holiday so it overlaps with one of these festivals. The Vegetarian Festival, which takes place in late September, is the most famous and spectacular of these. However, there are events throughout the year. Songkran in April is the Thai New Year but is also an excuse for a huge water fight. Meanwhile, Loi Krathong in November is a more serene but magical festival.
Getting to Phuket is fairly simple. Several international airlines now fly direct to Phuket, although the most common route is via a short flight from Bangkok, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Phuket airport is undergoing a major overhaul and is slowly but surely becoming a much more efficient gateway to Phuket. There are no train services to Phuket but, if you’re on a very tight budget, there are plenty of buses from Bangkok.