A crisp stretch of sand, Bang Tao Beach is the perfect vision of an exotic seafront getaway. It's also located close to cultural landmarks including Cherng Thalay Temple, one of the spiritual hubs of the area, decorated with vibrant colored Buddhas and mythological creatures. Splash some cash at the boutiques of the bustling Canal Village complex, and stop by the silk factory for locally made shirts and scarves.
You could easily spend the whole day lounging across the immaculate sands of Kamala Beach, but then you'd miss out on the nightlife in the area. Grab a few cold ones at any of the soothing al fresco bars and restaurants down Main Road and Beach Road, before heading to the theme park extravaganza of Phuket FantaSea, where trapeze artists, elephants and tigers perform for throngs of visitors.
If you're after a bit of serenity on your Phuket getaway, Karon Beach is for you. Much more chilled out and family-friendly than the hectic party zone of Patong Beach, this is where you can just relax and enjoy the perfect powdery sands. If you're peckish, you can sink your teeth into juicy mangoes and fresh Thai curries at Karon Market, while some relaxed pubs and restaurants are also nearby.
With its world-famous seafront (think blazing white sands and jewel-blue waters) and hundreds of bars, restaurants, and clubs, it's no wonder Patong Beach is Phuket's most popular party spot. After a day spent sunbathing or whizzing around on the jet skis, you can dance under the stars at the beach discos, take in cabaret shows, or wedge yourself into the heaving beer bars. It'll be a night to remember!
With the architectural splendor of the multi-colored Jui Tui Shrine, the cheeky macaque residents of Monkey Hill, and the enticing craft shops and restaurants of Royal Phuket Marina, Phuket Town proves there's much more to this city than beaches. Stroll through the picturesque Old Town, with its vibrant rainbow of temples and shrines, not to mention the elegant colonial houses which make the place a delight for sightseers.