A beachfront pool overlooking the Andaman Sea
It’s hard to describe Phuket without mentioning its picture-perfect beaches. They are, after all, what lure travellers from around the world to this part of Thailand. Nicknamed “Pearl of the Andaman Sea”, Phuket shimmers with its stunning landscapes and seascapes, rejuvenating retreats, delicious cuisine and bargain shopping. Recently, renewed interest in the main Phuket Town, with its Chinese influences and night markets, has also seen it become a popular spot for visitors, while its proximity to many of Thailand’s secluded, beautiful islands continues to make it the perfect place to start an island-hopping adventure.
When to go
Phuket enjoys sunny skies and dry weather most of the year barring two rainy seasons that happen in May as well as September. High season starts in November and runs through until April, resulting in busy beaches and higher hotel prices.
How to get around
Taxis as well as ride-hailing apps like Grab are a convenient and comfortable way to get around the island. For short distances, visitors can try out the local tuk-tuks or songthaew buses which run to all the major beaches.
British chef Freddy Warne serves stylish European cuisine with Asian flourishes
Retro-inspired ice cream parlor with unusual flavours
Modern Thai dishes from a popular Thai chef
Nostalgic Nyonya fare at a vintage-style café
Ingredients are sourced from ecosystems across Thailand
Thailand's most spectacular cabaret show
Boho-style night market with street food stalls
Art gallery featuring paintings of contemporary and (post) modern style
A final home for retired working elephants
Breeze through the mangroves of Phuket