Thailand's two favourite islands, Phuket and Koh Samui, each have their own special attractions. On Phuket, the holiday choices are diverse enough to cater to the full spectrum of interests and aspirations.
Home to charming beaches, lush tropical forest and breathtaking ocean views, Phuket offers everything that you would expect of one of Thailand’s tropical islands.
Thailand’s most visited destination has been enticing visitors to its shores for the last three decades and thanks to its enduring appeal, a world class hospitality sector has developed on the island, which provides everythig from simple accommodation to ultra luxurious private mansions.
If you are unsure which island in Thailand will suit you best, below are a few of the reasons why Phuket may be the ideal choice.
Fast & Direct
Whether you travel to the island by boat, plane or bus, Phuket is one of the most easy-to-reach destinations in Southeast Asia ,and in Thailand it is only second to Bangkok in terms of flight connectivity. Due to increasing demand from visitors, Phuket International Airport is currently undergoing extensive upgrade work to accommodate a higher capacity of 12.5 million passengers per year. There are frequent daily flights from Phuket to Bangkok, as well as direct connections to regional hubs including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, as well as other cities in the China, Middle East, Australia and Europe.
Diverse & Distinctive
Due to its size, which is similar to that of Singapore, the different regions of Phuket all boast their own distinct atmosphere and amenities, which gives each location its own unique charm. Patong is the island’s central tourist hub and also the largest beach on the island so well known for its lively evening atmosphere. Alternatively, Surin in the north is more of an upscale neighbourhood with a laid-back, beach village atmosphere for visitors seeking something a little more peaceful. Meanwhile, soe way further south, Phuket Town is more of a traditional urban Thai community and offers up some great opportunities for shopping and to try local food.
Culture & History
With a history that can be traced back hundreds of years, Phuket has plenty of attractions for visitors on a quest to learn a little more about the local island culture. Phuket Old Town is the best place to start, where the colourful old buildings tell the story of a prolonged Chinese influence on the island. This part of town is also a great place to stop off if you are in the mood for some sumptuous Chinese-inspired cuisine.Traditional restaurants, impressive temples and shrines and intriguing museums are scattered across town, so even if you are ot staying there, it's definitely worth making time to see them.
Stop & Shop
If the Baht is burning a hole in your pocket, Phuket will definitely not disappoint as a shopping destination. In fact, the island is something of a shopper’s paradise, with huge shopping malls like Central Festival and Jungceylon offering everything from designer fashion outlets to electronics and book stores. If you are in the mood for a more authentic Thai shopping experience, the sprawling tourist markets in Chalong and Patong are a great place to pick up your souvenirs. The Sunday walking street market in Phuket Town provides yet more boutiques, quaint gift shops and street stalls to browse.
Sail & Swim
If you want to feel the wind in your hair as you cruise the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, then Phuket is the ideal base. The idyllic array of islands scattered off Phuket’s coast provide myriad offshore attractions, for both day and overnight trips. Home to four marinas, the island is now one of Southeast Asia’s premier sailing hubs, and attracts sea-going folk from across the world. Phuket has long enjoyed a position on the international competitive sailing grand prix, with the annual King’s Cup Regatta attracting hundreds of world-class entries every ear.