Located in Southern Thailand, the island of Phuket is a favorite beach destination for sun worshippers in Asia. Located on the Adaman Sea, Phuket Thailand is a piece of spectacular paradise featuring silky, sandy beaches, warm tropical breezes and absolutely gorgeous scenery.
Phuket travel is rather easy thanks to the two bridges that link the island to the mainland. You can arrive by car, take an hour and a half ferry ride from the mainland or fly into Phuket International airport (located on the northern end of the island) which offers frequent flights to and from Bangkok. Accommodations options are numerous, ranging from luxurious Phuket resorts to economical cabins offering fantastic beach views.
It is undeniable that a large part of a Phuket vacation will be spent relaxing on the beach. But rather than heading to the popular, crowded destinations around Patong, why not head to the northern part of the island, where the reclusive offerings will leave you feeling as if you are the only person in the world.
Phuket holidays are always taken to the next level with a visit to Phi Phi Island. Just 45-minutes from Phuket Thailand, this island is a tropical paradise that was used as the backdrop for the film, The Beach. Boasting miles of white sandy beaches and dramatic jagged cliffs, you can elect to hop on a guided boat tour of the island, or enjoy the view from above sea-level with an energetic rock-climbing session.
For another quiet destination spot during your Phuket vacation, take a little time to visit Phang Nga Bay. You can charter a boat, do a little snorkelling, have lunch on a secluded beach and enjoy a guided tour of the area. It's guaranteed that your guide will take you to James Bond Island, where parts of The Man with the Golden Gun, were filmed. Sea Gypsy Island is another popular stop, where visitors are able to shop for souvenirs and admire a village built entirely on stilts. Lunch-time is bustling with tourists, but if you prefer a more authentic view of the village during your Phuket vacation, make sure that your visit isn't during peak hours.
In Phuket Thailand, the underwater life can be enjoyed by everyone from expert divers to first-time snorkelers. Numerous locations offer rental equipment and will take you for an unforgettably colorful tour that can include exotic varieties of fish such as schools of snappers, bat fish and porcupine fish.
Although sea, sand and sun are essential, Phuket holidays don't need to be all about the beach. Opt for a once in a lifetime experience and spend an afternoon elephant-trekking. The unforgettable ride allows you to get up close and personal with a beloved pachyderm as you explore Phuket Thailand's emerald jungles. If you're interested in local culture, try to plan your visit around the Thailand water festival, at the new year celebration of Songkran, which is held in April.
Once the sun goes down, it's time to enjoy another aspect of Phuket holidays—its fabulous nightlife. The main action occurs in Patong Beach on the southwestern side of the island. The area is teeming with activity, overflowing with gogo bars, fire dancers, live music and spicy, culinary delights. Head into Phuket City if you're looking for an evening with a distinctly more local feel, or for something more laid-back take a stroll through the streets of Karon.