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Trek through humid foliage in colorful rainforest terrain, dive from bobbing boats to explore vibrant coral reefs, and dine on freshly grilled shrimp from the carts of market food vendors on the exciting island of Phuket. Popular with tourists from around the world, Phuket is known for its world-class diving, tropical landscape, and hectic, brash nightlife. In the packed streets of Phuket town, overrun by mopeds and motorcycles, wooden makeshift market stalls crowd into vacant spots at the side of the road, street food sizzles on open BBQs, and in the heart of town, worn-out apartment buildings sit opposite ornate temples resplendent in bright red and gold.

Things to see

The town of Phuket on the southeast of this popular tourist island is a hive of activity from dawn through to evening. The harbor line fills with fishing boats returning at daybreak with their catch, ramshackle markets sell handcrafted trinkets and jewelry made of shells to curious visitors, and at night, the pace steps up a notch as the neon lights above fashionable bars flicker on and music begins to resonate through the narrow streets. On the other side of the island, Patong Beach is considerably less busy and commercial. Sure, it has its tourist shops, brimming with gaudy souvenirs and carved wooden ornaments, but it’s not as overcrowded and there’s certainly space to move. The beach is a haven for snorkelers attracted by the shallow reefs and darting colorful fish, while its restaurants are a little more elegant and refined than those in the streets of Phuket. To truly appreciate the tranquility of this decadent Thai paradise, head to Kata Noi beach, where you can relax on undeveloped sands and feel the gentle waves breaking slowly over your feet as you gaze out over the horizon.

Hotels in Phuket Island

Travelers in Thailand have a lot to be impressed with when it comes to the quality of accommodation, and hotels in Phuket Island are no exception. There are some cute discount hotels that focus on comfortable hospitality in a convenient location, but the majority are luxury hotels with fabulous beachside access and unsurpassed views. Anything above an averagely priced hotel will have excellent furnishings and exquisite decor, boast private freeform pools with high-end furniture, fully equipped gyms, and generally some spa or massage facilities. They’ll typically be set in their own grounds too, promoting a fabulously exotic sense of relaxation away from the madding crowd.

Where to stay

There are a good number of hotels in Phuket Island to choose from, and the choice ranges from coastal resorts to inner-island jungle retreats. The west of the island, closer to Patong, is a popular diving location. Its harbor is quieter than Phuket’s busy fishing bay, lined with elegant restaurants, tempting cafés, and chic bistros. Meanwhile, the streets of Phuket Town are the place to be every evening when local bars crank up the volume and cheesy nightclubs open their doors for business.

How to get to Phuket Island

Conveniently, Phuket Island has its own arrivals destination, the Phuket International Airport located in the very north of the island. Many hotels in Phuket Island operate a hotel transfer service to their resorts, sometimes by land, and sometimes by sea, and it’s a good scheme to get involved with to save on taxi costs. There is a public bus service in Phuket Island but it’s complicated and often unreliable. Taking a taxi to your hotel is a far preferable option.

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