If you are going to Thailand, a trip to Phuket is most probably on the cards and, with something to offer everyone, this incredible island will not fail to steal your heart. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, lying 535 miles South of Bangkok. At 30 miles long and 13 miles wide, a short drive will take you away from the madding crowd, where you will discover the Thai idyll of mile upon mile of white sand beaches, azure seas and lashings of Thai food and markets. More adventurous tourists shouldn’t be dissuaded by the Island’s popularity. It is true that Phuket is, in some areas, built up, and that it is a favoured location for package tourists and hedonistic party animals. However, if you know where to look, a trip to Phuket offers all-comers a world-class tropical island holiday, complete with isolated beaches, delicious food, stunning culture, vibrant nightlife, and more.
Due to its size and popularity, Phuket has its own international airport. Direct flights to Phuket bring you to Phuket International Airport (HKT).
Phuket’s busiest season is November-February, when the weather is dry and slightly less hot. However, if you are willing to brave the sizzling heat of March- May, or the rainy season in June – August, it will be marginally less crowded and you are likely to find cheap flights to Phuket. In fact, some visitors in monsoon season appreciate the torrential tropical downfalls, which offer an exhilarating relief from the heat.
When you are planning your trip to Phuket, a day at Phang Nga bay is a must. Situated in the marine national park, the bay is also known as “James Bond Island”, after it featured in “The Man With the Golden Gun”. The magnificent limestone cliffs towering over the water are simply awe-inspiring and give the sea an incredible, emerald hue. Tourists tend to mass towards Phang Nga Bay, to experience the life-affirming majesty of the natural surroundings, take a trip to the floating village of Koh Panyee, and to explore the caves and mangrove swamps. To get the most out of your trip, it is worth looking at the tours available: look for a small tour that takes a limited number of people so that you can make the most of a leisurely sail around Phang Nga bay and experience everything that the magical location has to offer. If you have a hire car, drive to Surakul Pier in Phang Nga, from whence you can rent a longtail boat to take you direct to Koh Panyee. If you leave early, you will beat the rush of visitors and wil
For a hint of glamour while you dine, visit Surin Beach. Also known as Millionaire’s Row, Surin Beach is a classic Thai paradise beach, frequented by tourists and locals alike. However, it is also a fantastic location to see the range of food and drink on offer. Surin’s boardwalk is lined with high-end restaurants, clubs and houses, but there is a broad choice of street vendors and beachside shacks, which serve authentic Thai food for the more conservative wallet. Here, you can dine, soak up the sun and people-watch until your heart’s content. Phuket’s island status means that the seafood is some of the best in the world. As fresh as can be, your meal will pretty much come from the sea to your plate. Make sure that you treat yourself to a seafood curry at one of the many seafront restaurants. There are so many eateries to choose from, but we love Ang Seafood in Phuket Town. Always full of locals and packed with fresh seafood, here you will get an irresistibly authentic experience. It seems almost sacri