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    Phuket - The Pearl of the Andaman Sea

    Around 30 miles in length, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and the country’s second most-visited destination after Pattaya. Despite the 2004 tsunami and the development upsurge in its wake, Phuket’s 30+ sandy beaches retain their magical allure. Along its western shores, exclusive resorts hug the rugged coastline, twinkling to life at night. Hedonistic haven Patong continues to draw crowds with its notorious party strip and the arrival of many wallet-friendly hotels. In the south, island-capital Phuket City has a thriving historic heart and is the gateway to Ko Phi Phi with ferries leaving from colourful and chaotic Rassada Pier.

    A City Full of Surprises

    Phuket City makes for a fascinating tour by foot, moped or tuk tuk. In its historic heart, colonial mansions, traditional Chinese-style shophouses and Sino-Portuguese properties mingle. Phuket City’s thriving restaurant scene offers travellers all manner of culinary adventures. English menus and talented local chefs are a given, while street-food vendors offer a fast fix at every turn. Souvenir-hunters delight in the dark antique shops, quirky gift-shops and small galleries. Known also as a destination for day-spas, Thai cookery schools and Buddhist retreats, there really is something for everyone. For panoramic views over Phuket City, visitors climb, cycle or take a tuk tuk up to the viewpoint and restaurant on Monkey Hill. At the very walkable city’s outer limits, the climate-controlled Central Festival Mall is where locals and tourists alike gather to cool down when the late-summer humidity becomes unbearable.

    Take the Temple Trail

    Phuket Island’s main districts have their own distinct cultural flavours. South-west coastal district Kathu is home to the 45m-high Big Buddha and the impeccably maintained Wat Karon temple complex which hosts a colourful bi-weekly night market. In northern district Thalang, visitors flock to see the half-buried Temple of the Golden Buddha, or the Thalang National Museum and the Heroines Monument, which mark the defeat of Burmese invaders back in the 18th century. Phuket City has several shrines to visit including the atmospheric Shrine of the Serene Light. The city’s historic architecture also includes a museum dedicated to the stamps of South East Asia, and another celebrating Phuket’s long trade-relationship with the Chinese. Further south, in the Chalong district, salmon-pink Wat Chalong has 36 golden Buddhas in various states of repose. Chalong Rum is Phuket’s only distillery and offers 30-minute tasting tours. Also in the south, Rawai is the home of the bohemian Phuket Art Village.

    Living the Island Life

    This super-sized Andaman island makes it impossible for visitors to stay indoors, with a zoo and a butterfly farm, three national parks and several world-class diving sites within easy reach. A few miles from Phuket’s shores, underwater enthusiasts can explore the abundant marine life at Koh Racha Yai, Shark Point and King Cruiser Wreck. In the far north, and just 15 minutes from the airport, Sirinat National Park offers pristine beaches and a wildlife reserve with sea turtles. In the east, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is home to gibbons, Malayan sun bears, flying foxes, mouse deer and other fantastic beasts. Dotted around the coastline, raised viewpoints allow for envy-inducing selfies, the finest of those being the Phromthep Cape Peninsula at the island’s southernmost point, which offers sublime sunset views and a strange ¬¬crab-shaped lighthouse, while nearby Siray Island has a long-established Sea-Gypsy community.©

    Ain’t no Party like a Patong Party

    Follow the general flow to find yourself shoulder-deep in vice-fuelled nightlife along neon-lit Bangla Road, where you’ll stumble into strip joints, massage parlours and karaoke bars brimming with beautiful hostesses attempting to bewitch tourists of their baht. Watch Thailand’s best boxers competing at the Bangla Road Stadium or explore the night markets near Jungceylon Shopping Plaza and marvel at some quality counterfeit goods. Try a spicy papaya salad in a backstreet restaurant and prepare to be hooked for life. Take a bayside nightcap on the balmy terrace of a promenade pub, or step inside to find talented cover bands and wildly dancing tourists. Pay a party tuk tuk to whisk you back to your hotel and enjoy blaring dance music and flashing disco lights en route. Recover on the spotless sands of Patong’s 2.2-mile beach and find your stamina for the inevitably long night ahead.

    Where to stay – Phuket’s West Coast

    Though many independent travellers fall for the lesser-visited districts in the south and east of Phuket, most package-tours focus on the west coast, where many of the island’s most striking beaches have evolved into small but vibrant seaside communities. Here, beach shacks and diving schools rub shoulders with luxurious spa resorts. Resort towns Karon, Kata, Nai Yang and Kamala are popular destinations for travellers in search of down time. On the northwest coast, seven-mile-long beach Mai Khao in Sirinat National Park offers several four-star spa resorts and the Splash Jungle Water Park. This area is a popular choice with families and those who need a hotel close to the airport. From here, travellers can reach the terminal buildings in 15 minutes and most resorts offer shuttles.

    Price range

    from ‎NZ$8to ‎NZ$16,265

    Top hotels

      Hotel Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa Phuket Patong Beach
      Set on the cliff at the quiet northern end of Patong Beach, steps away from Kalim Beach, the 4-star Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa Phuket boasts panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. This tranquil spot is however minutes away from the centre of Patong where holidaymakers can enjoy leisure attractions and shopping opportunities galore, along with amazing nightlife. With three ocean-facing swimming pools, including two children’s pools and a waterslide, a beautiful spa, kids’ clubs for children and teenagers, easy access to the beach, and free Wi-Fi, couples and families can rest assured that any day at the resort is a day well-spent. From colourful rooms overlooking the resort or with views of the Andaman Sea to family-friendly suites and sublime pool villas found in a secluded location, the resort offers accommodation options that provide flexibility for couples, families, and groups of friends. Kids stay free too!
      Hotel Sunshine Garden Patong Beach
      Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Patong, Sunshine Resort promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to provide comfort and convenience. Laundry service/dry cleaning, elevator, restaurant, bar/pub, airport transfer are just some of the facilities on offer. Complimentary bottled water, balcony/terrace, mini bar, non smoking rooms, internet access – wireless (complimentary) can be found in each guestroom. Recuperate from a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of your room or take advantage of the hotel's recreational facilities, including outdoor pool, steamroom, pool (kids), jacuzzi, sauna. A welcoming atmosphere and excellent service are what you can expect during your stay at Sunshine Resort.
      Hotel Happy Fish Guesthouse Patong Beach
      The Happy Fish Guesthouseguesthouse makes its guests feel delighted with the exceptional value they get from their stay in Phuket. A short walk from Patong beach, it is an ideal address for those on a budget. Although not expensive, the rooms are relatively large and clean with air-conditioning and climate control. The in-room safes are big enough for a laptop and there is even a small fridge, cable TV and balcony! There is free Wi-Fi available too and the 24-hour front desk proposes car and motorbike rentals. The Happy Fish Guesthousedoubles up as an Italian cafe, where guests can enjoy breakfast and a nice cup of fresh Italian coffee. Italian dishes are also available on site or there is a great value food court nearby. The beach, nightlife and Jungceylon Shopping Centre are within 15 minutes walk of the guesthouse. Phuket International Airport is about 40 minutes drive.
      Hotel Pimrada Hotel Patong Beach
      Conveniently located just minutes from the beach and within walking distance from Jungceylon Shopping Mall, Pimrada Hotel is a smoke-free property that offers modern accommodations with easy access to Bangla Night Street. A shuttle service to and from Phuket International Airport is available for a surcharge. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, refrigerator, in-room safe, free bottled water, air conditioning, and a phone. Free Wi-Fi is provided in each room, while all bathrooms are private and include rainfall showerheads and complimentary toiletries. A hairdryer is available upon request. Pimrada Hotel features a 24-hour front desk, dry cleaning, computer station, laundry services, and television in common areas. Public areas are equipped with free Wi-Fi, nearby parking is complimentary, and employees speak fluent Thai, Russian, and English. English breakfast is offered each morning for a surcharge. Room service is available during limited hours. Nearby attractions include Banzaan Fresh Market and Patong Boxing Stadium.
      Hotel P S Hill Patong Beach
      This lovely, relaxed three star hotel is within two miles of Simon Cabaret, Patong Beach, and offers spacious accommodation as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. The guest rooms at P S Hilloffer tea/coffee makers as well as a fridge, safe and satellite TV. The balconies are beautifully furnished and offer a garden view. A shuttle bus service to Patong Beach and Jungceylon is free of charge, while guests can enjoy a unique outdoor gym and swimming pool. A 24 hour reception and computer station is also available. The on-site restaurant offers light meals for lunch and dinner, while a full breakfast is served each morning. Other options include a number of lovely restaurants within a short drive. The Phuket International Airport is a 45 minute drive from P.s Hill Resort, while the well-known Bangla Road is a five minute drive away.
      Hotel Phuket Paradise Patong Beach
      The Phuket Paradise Hotel offers extended and short-term stays just minutes from Patong Beach. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is provided throughout the property. Accommodation includes cosy non-smoking rooms with soft lighting, a fan or air-conditioning, free toiletries, flat-screen cable TVs, and fridges. Some rooms have en suite bathrooms with showers. There are some single rooms on the top floor with shared kitchens, bathrooms, and a terrace with mountain views. Guests staying at the Phuket Paradise Hotel enjoy being within a 20-minute drive to Karon and Kata Beach. The hotel features a 24-hour reception and free on-site parking. Staff can arrange sightseeing tours, motorcycle and bike rentals upon request. Guests can dine at a variety of traditional Thai and international restaurants that are just steps from the hotel. This property is less than an hour's drive to Phuket International Airport and 25 minutes from Phuket Town by car.