Updated: Sep 16
Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island that is home to some of the worlds best beaches surrounded by the beautiful Andaman Sea. The island is covered in many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants including the cultural escape of Phuket City, and the busy tourist town of Patong, famous for its nightclubs, bars and discos on Bangla Road. We have travelled all over Phuket and always come back whenever visiting Thailand, It is a great jumping off point to the smaller islands and you can have a completely different experience depending where you stay.
Tyson Trails Recommends Visiting
The Big Buddah - One of the most important and prominant landmarks in Phuket. Offering a 360 degree view of the island it is a must visit in our books, head up to the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata, it sits at 45 metres tall and can be seen from as far away as Phuket Town and Karon Beach.
Promthep Cape - This is a beautiful view point right on the southern tip of Phuket, it is one of the most photographed places and offers the most stunning sunset views. as the sun falls coaches of people arrive to witness the sights so I would get in earlier to gain a great seat.
Soi Romanee - Right in the heart of Phuket town set within the old quarter you can find this stunning 125 meter street with its attractive Sino-Portuguese-style shop-houses. beautiful vintage buildings that have been converted into guesthouses, bars, cafes and shops, dont forget your camera it has lots of great photo opportunities.
Trick Eye Museum - Another one set in Phuket Town this is a really fun museum for the whole family, every room is full of interactive 3D paintings that make for some hilarious photos, it is also a great activity if you are looking to escape to heat.
Where To Stay
Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach - Ideally located in the lifestyle and entertainment hub of Patong beach. This is the perfect destination to enjoy our warm and friendly Swiss hospitality. Younger guests will be thrilled with Kid’s World, an amusement and recreational activity zone for children that will keep them entertained and active, so you can take the time to enjoy some well-earned relaxation.
Centara Karon Resort - Stay in the heart of Karon Town, with dining and entertainment opportunities at your doorstep and the wide expanse of sands at Karon Beach only moments away. This is a great location for people looking for a quieter break than the buzz of Patong.
No dress code in particular, swimmers are typical resort attire however if you are heading to any temples or the big Buddha you will need to cover up.
When to visit
Phuket is great all year round as it benefits from warm average temperatures of 22⁰C-34⁰C. The best time to visit is November to February when days are mostly sunny and dry. The wet season runs from May to October, when the south-west monsoon brings higher levels of rainfall and humidity. Between April and May, temperatures reach the highest in the year and can mean uncomfortable levels of heat.
Flying to Phuket
Phuket is a very accessible island as it has its own airport. You can fly here from pretty much everywhere else in Thailand but also you can get flights from most home countries like London etc. From the airport you can reach most towns in less than an hour and the airport also benefits from shared shuttle buses that go to all the popular destinations and leave once full which is normally really quickly they cost around 200 Bhat pp. You can also jump in a metered taxi or transfer for a more private drive and these will cost around 600 Bhat + 100 Bhat airport surcharge depending where you are going if there are a few of you it may actually be cheaper this way.
Food & drink
You can sample everything in Phuket from street food to McDonalds. In Patong you will find some major chains such as Hard Rock Cafe and Hooters, one of our favourite places is Blue Elephant in Phuket Town it is set in a beautiful, large mansion, Blue Elephant offers authentic, and wonderfully presented dishes lots of room for kids and really friendly staff.