Things To Do in Phuket

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Hotel lists that apply to all Phuket

All Phuket Hotels
Near the Night Life
Hotels Near Phuket Airport

Phuket Hotels by Town

All the hotels available in each of Phuket's Towns

Patong
Kamala
Karon
Kata
Rawai
Surin
Phuket Town
Chalong

Hotels by Category

All Phuket's hotels split by Agoda star rating.

Cheap Hotels
3 Star hotels
4 Star Hotels
5 Star Hotels
Phuket Luxury Hotels

Phuket Beaches

Hotels that are close to Phuket's beaches.

Patong Beach
Karon Beach
Kata Beach
Kata Noi Beach
Naiharn Beach
Kamala Beach
Laem Singh Beach
Surin Beach
Bang Tao Beach
Mai Khao Beach

Phuket’s Biggest Resorts

The best rated of the mega-resorts on Phuket.

Hilton Arcadia Resort Karon
Katathani Beach Resort Kata
Millennium Resort Patong
Holiday Inn Resort Patong
Kamala Beach Resort Kamala
Angsana Laguna Bang Tao

Most Luxurious Resorts

Our pick of the cream Phuket’s luxury hotels.

Sri Panwa Cape Panwa
Anantara Villas Mai Khao
Trisara Hotel Layan
Mom Tri's Villa Royale Kata
Paresa Resort Kamala

Family Friendly Hotels

Well-rated by guests as being good hotels for families with young children.

Sunwing Resort Kamala
Holiday Inn Mai Khao Mai Khao
Holiday Inn Resort Patong
Hilton Arcadia Resort Karon
West Sands Resort Mai Khao
Swissotel Resort Kamala
Avista Phuket Resort Kata

Peaceful & Beautiful

Peaceful getaway resorts in scenic Phuket locations.

Paresa Resort Kamala
Cape Sienna Hotel Kamala
Villa Zolitude Resort Chalong
Ayara Kamala Resort Kamala
Boathouse Kata
Angsana Laguna Bang Tao
The Pavilions Bang Tao

Private Pool Villas

Soome of the best Phuket Resorts that offer villas with private pools.

Villa Zolitude Resort Chalong
Sri Panwa Cape Panwa
The Pavilions Bang Tao
Trisara Hotel Layan
Impiana Private Villas Kata
Malisa Villa Suites Kata
Bell Pool Villa Kamala

Next to the Night Life

Hotels well-rated by guests near Patong’s night life centre.

Safari Beach Hotel Patong
The Kee Resort Patong
R Mar Resort Patong
Millennium Resort Patong
La Flora Resort Patong
Absolute Bangla Suites Patong

Other Thailand Destinations

All hotels by City in Thailand's most popular holiday spots.

Bangkok
Krabi
Phi Phi Island
Koh Samui
Pattaya
Chiang Mai
Hua Hin / Cha-am

Being such a popular holiday destination means there's a wealth of activities on offer designed to attract the tourist dollar though there's still plenty to do for little or no money. The following lists some of the more popular pursuits.

Snorkelling at Koh Si near Phi Phi Island
Koh Si cavern near Phi Phi island is a fabulous place to snorkel.

Diving Around Phuket

Phuket offers Great Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

Phuket is an excellent place to base yourself for day-trips to the many beautiful dive spots that surround it. Its also the departure point for a large number of liveaboard dive trips that visit places such as the fabulous Simillan Islands and the Mergui Archipeligo.

There are many 5-Star Padi dive operators most with tour offices in Patong but wherever you stay on the island you'll usually be able to arrange a day trip through the hotel's own tour counter if there is no dive store nearby.

Most trips depart from Chalong Bay which is about 25 minutes drive from Patong. Pick-up and return transport to your hotel is normally included in the dive price.

The dive season in Phuket runs from November to April. Outside of this period operators still run trips including liveaboards though the visibilty and sea state tends to deteriorate dramatically and good diving conditions are far less likely.

Phuket is a big island. Take care not to book a hotel too far away from your interests and read the where to stay in Phuket page before booking.
Nai Harn Beach on Phuket Island
Beautiful beaches surround the island of Phuket.

Phuket Beaches

The Island Has Many to Choose From

Phuket is blessed with a large number of beautiful white sand beaches. The most popular is Patong due to its proximity to the island's busiest tourist centre. Although its a pleasant 2.5km stretch of sand it can get quite crowded so many people prefer to head to one of the even nicer and less populated ones that can be found all the way along the western coast of the island.

If you like to spend a lot of time basking on a beach then it may be worth considering a hotel outside Patong in Karon, Kata or near Surin Beach.

On most of the main beaches there's a good range of activities on offer such as jet skis, banana boats and paragliding. The water is a lovely clear turquoise with a temperature of around 30° C. throughout the high months.

A word of warning when renting jetskis : they are likely to be uninsured and you may be asked to pay for any damage incurred so be sure to point out to the operator any existing blemishes on the ski before setting out. Additionally, be sure you are clear of the swimming zones at all times as you could feel the full force of thai law if injury or death is caused to others. Most people manage to come back safely and without problems but the skis are powerful machines and unfortunately they prove very attractive to show-offs whose ego exceeds their ability.

Soi Eric off Bangla Road in Patong
Soi Eric is one of many Patong streets that are lined with lively bars.

Phuket Nightlife & Bars

Phuket Really Comes Alive at Night

When darkness falls on Phuket the lights go on and the party starts or at least it does in Patong. All around the Bangla Road area the bars turn the music up and the streets fill with holidaymakers out for some fun. While many of the bars are undoubtedly aimed at attracting single male tourists there's just as many less rowdy establishments to cater for others including family groups and couples.

If you are staying ouside the Patong area you can usually find at least a small set of late night bars and restaurants nearby. Only the most secluded hotels do not have this but often they will offer their own of in-house entertainment.

For those staying in the smaller towns of Karon, Kata, Kamala and Rawai there's the same sort of entertainment as in Patong but on a much smaller scale with a more relaxed atmosphere that some people prefer.

Touris launch enter Koh Hong lagoon near Phuket
A tour boat enters the lagoon within the islet of Koh Hong.

Phuket Sightseeing Tours

There Are Many Tours on Sea and Land

Visit one of the many tour counters in Phuket's and you'll find you have almost unlimited choice of sight-seeing tours.

For land based tours you can elect to take one of the scheduled island trips in an air-conditioned mini bus or, if you prefer, you can negotiate a private tour with one of the local taxis usually at a very reasonable price. Often the reception at your hotel can provide helpful guidance but as they sometimes organise their own tours it would pay to visit at least one tour counter to compare prices.

Phuket has many small islands within easy reach by boat including the world famous Phi Phi and Phi Phi Ley. You can choose to go with the scheduled trips or negotiate with one of the local boat operators that can be found near the beach to take you to one of the attractive little beaches on nearby islands. If you are staying in Rawai, traditional thai long-tail boats specialise in ferrying tourists to the nicest spots.

Phuket sports fishing launch
There are plenty of fishing tour operators to choose from in Phuket.

Phuket Fishing

Great Fishing for Both Novice and Expert

Though better known for its lovely beaches and great nightlife, Phuket is also a fisherman's paradise with a fantastic variety of fish populating the surrounding seas from big gamers such as the blue and black marlin to the just plain good to eat trevally.

Tours are available to suit both the casual fisherman looking for a nice relaxing day on the water with a few tasty fish to take home or the serious game fisherman looking for trophy fish. Prices are reasonable although the big-game boats rigged to chase the likes of marlin will seem very expensive to all but afficianados of the sport.

Jungle Bungy Jump on Phuket Island
The Jungle Bungy Jump has served thrill seekers in Phuket since 1992.

Bungy Jumping in Phuket

A Great Setting for "The Leap of Faith"

Just over the hill from Patong in Kathu is the Jungle Bungy Jump. Located in a very attractive setting next to a small lake surrounded by dense jungle its a great place to spend a few hours. You can choose to do single or tandem jumps with or without a dunking in the water.

Jumpers launch themselves from a platform 50 metres above the lake but some prefer the "catapault" where you start on the ground and are pulled into the air at very high speed.

The Jungle Bungy is run by New Zealanders to New Zealand standards and has been operating since 1992. Insurance cover is provided as part of the jump price.

Golf on Phuket

Phuket is a Golfers Paradise

There are six world-class golf courses to choose from on the island. They are :

Phuket Go Karts

Top Class Karting at Great Prices

Just around the corner from the Jungle Bungy Jump is the Patong Gokart Speedway where you choose from a range of vehicles to race around their impressive 750 metre race track.

The karts come in range of power configurations to suit the all skill levels with the fastest being capable of 110 km/h. There are also in-line twin-seaters karts available which are great for dads to take the kids out in.

Thai Cooking Lessons in Phuket

Learn to Cook Real Thai Food

Cooking courses for thai cuisine are plentiful and very popular in Phuket. Many of the hotels and especially the large luxury resorts offer in-house classes but if the style or format does not suit there's plenty of private classes to choose from.

When its pouring with rain you can still go shopping but try not to stay at a hotel a long way from the markets and shops. Try reading the where to stay in Phuket page before booking.
thai massage at Patong Beach
Traditional thai massage on the beach in Phuket is cheap and very popular with tourists.

Spas & Massage in Phuket

Expert Thai Massage Can Be Found All Over Phuket

Health spas incorporating famous thai massage techniques are to be found all over the island many of them being included as part of the larger resorts. These up-market spas are world-class and offer a large range of services sometimes in beautiful and peaceful garden settings. Staff at these establishments are well trained in both western and thai techniques.

Full treatments at the luxury spas can cost more than 100 US dollars which though very reasonable by world standards is a lot more than one needs to pay for some expert thai massage. There are massage shops just about everywhere offering both foot and full massage for around two to three hundred baht. And if you prefer you can even have it while you lie in the shade at the edge of most popular beaches.

Phuket is a big island. Take care not to book a hotel too far away from your interests and read the Where to Stay in Phuket page or in depth pages about finding the best places in Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala and Surin.

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