Phuket is the largest Thai island and is located off the west coast of the mainland in the Andaman Sea.
It is a very popular holiday destination for people from all over the world due to its sunny climate, sandy beaches, fun nightlife and interesting sights and culture. Phuket really is an island that caters for all types of holidaymakers, from families and groups to couples.
The majority of visitors to the island arrive in Phuket International Airport (HKT), usually on connecting flights from the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. Direct Phuket flights are available from some international destinations. Some tourists drive on to the island over the two road bridges that join it to the mainland.
There is a huge range of accommodation available, from basic backpacker hotels through to a wide choice of luxury and high-end facilities which are known for their excellent standards of service. Phuket is a great destination for sun worshippers as it has year-round sunshine. It's particularly famous for its west-shore beach resorts, such as Patong, Karon Bay and Beach, Bang Tao, Siray Bay, Hat Surin and Kata Noi.
Entertainment options are plentiful in Phuket. There are restaurants of all types and you will find delicious barbeque seafood on Surin Beach and gourmet Thai specialities in southern Kata beach restaurants, which are well known for fine dining. You can go for an eco-tour at one of the island's national parks - Khao Lak-Lan Ru or Khao Phrathaenu. Here you can take a trek through the forests on an elephant or on foot or ride a bamboo raft along tree-lined rivers. You could also visit the Wat Phra Thong Temple, Thalang National Museum or Chalong Temple.
The island's capital has many things to see and do. The Phuket Aquarium and Phuket Butterfly Farm are both fun experiences. Why not try your luck at AC's Fishing Park, where you can catch all kinds of fish? Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants in Phuket Town then head out to the cliffs at Prom Thep Cape to watch the sunset and visit the shrine.
A holiday in Phuket is not complete without a boat trip. Take in the beautiful island of Phi Phi and then visit the 'James Bond island' at Phang Nga Bay. If you arrive in the right season then you can take a trip to turtle-nesting sites. Snorkelling and diving are very popular and the sea life is spectacular wherever you go.
Phuket is an island with much to offer every type of holiday maker. It's great for water sports and has nightlife of all kinds, from the quiet and peaceful to full-on parties. Spas, golf, scuba diving and snorkelling combine with shopping and sunbathing to create a perfect holiday experience. And with flights to Phuket available all year round at reasonable prices, it is hard to beat this gorgeous island as a destination.