Phuket, Thailand | The Most Beautiful and Largest Island

Phuket Thailand is in the south of Thailand, called Phuket province. Located in the Andaman Sea, it is Thailand’s largest island. It is slightly larger than Singapore at 48 kilometers in length and 21 km across. Phuket has beautiful bays and inlets, palm-lined beaches, a scattering of nearby islands, warm and welcoming locals, and some of the best seafood in the world. Travelers will be pleasantly surprised by the verdant landscape, warm welcome, and delicious food.

Phuket is a big island, so there are many beautiful beaches all around it. Some of these are Rawai, Patong, Karon, Kamala, Kata Yai, Kata Noi, and Mai Khao. People say that the sunsets at Laem Phromthep are the best in Thailand.

It has the sixth-most number of people in any province, with 1.6 million people. Forests cover about 2.8 million square feet of the area. Today, rice farming is the main business. The average income is 14,343 Baht per person.

Early on, the island was part of different Tai states. Around the 16th century, it became part of the Ayutthaya kingdom. After the 18th century, a lot of Chinese people moved there. Now, more than half of the people living there are Chinese. Malays call the island Ujong Salang, which means “Cape Salang.” It has also been called Tongka, Junk Ceylon, and Jonsalam.

 Patong Beach, Phuket Thailand

 Patong Beach, Phuket Thailand

Patong Beach, a 3 km long beach with several hotels, restaurants, shops, and nightlife that has made Phuket famous, is the most visited beach resort on the island. The Patong coastline is characterized by fine white sand and bounded north by rocks. It has two distinct sections: one with paid amenities like sunbeds and umbrellas and another where guests are welcome to set up their own space with whatever they like. It will cost you 200 baht (about $5) daily to rent a pair of sunbeds and an umbrella. 

Location: West Coast, Phuket

Best time to visit: If you’re planning a beach vacation, Phuket is at its finest between November and April or May. During this time, the sea is quiet, there are hardly any waves, and the weather is sunny and pleasant.

Things to do: Fun can be found in unexpected places, such as rooftop pubs, night markets, ziplines, cable skiing, movies, bowling alleys, and massive shopping malls. Rental shops for activities like parasailing, waterskiing, kiteboarding, and scuba diving may be found in Patong. Beach massages are affordable, casual, and the perfect way to unwind on the beach.

 Best Hotel: Baan Laimai Beach Resort & Spa, Double Tree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort, The Marina PhuketHotel, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach, Grand Mercure Phuket Patong

 Kata Karon Viewpoint in Phuket Thailand

 Kata Karon Viewpoint , phuket thailand

Near Karon Beach, at the top of the mountain, is Karon View Point. On the road halfway between Nai Harn Beach and Kata Noi Beach is the most famous place to look out over Kata Noi, Kata, and Karon. It’s a beautiful location for watching the sunset.

Location: 4233, Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100 

Things to do: Visitors are always amazed by the view of the three beaches and Ko Pu. The beach is a must-see due to its beautiful scenery, relaxing atmosphere, and pristine environment. 

Best hotel: The Shore at Katathani – Adult Only – SHA Plus, Katathani Phuket Beach Resort – SHA Extra Plus, Chanalai Garden Resort, Kata Beach -SHA Plus, Andaman Cannacia Resort & Spa – SHA Extra Plus, Le Resort, and Villas

Explore Phuket Town

phuket town, phuket thailand

Phuket Town, located on the island’s southeast coast, offers a look into the past. Due to a surge in local and tourist activity, the little city contrasts with the island’s generally peaceful streets. 

Phuket was the center of tin mining in the 1800s, attracting immigrants from China and Malaysia. Arab and European traders frequented Phuket. All these people from different backgrounds and races contributed to Phuket’s unique culture.

Phuket’s art, culture, and structures show its rich history with global influences. Today, tourism is the island’s primary industry, with over 3 million people visiting the island annually, making Phuket one of Southeast Asia’s most popular travel destinations.

Location: Southeast of Phuket Thailand

Best time to visit: Between November & April

Things to do: Old Phuket Town has well-kept shophouses, Sino-Portuguese mansions, temples, and shrines. Take a walk through the town’s streets. You can also go to the Phuket Trickeye Museum, an interactive 3D art gallery, and pay your respects at the colorful Chinese Jui Tui Shrine.

 Best hotels: The village Coconut Island, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket, Villa Zolitude Resort and Spa, The Tint at Phuket Town

 Phi Phi Island in Phuket Thailand

phi phi island, phuket island

The Phi Phi Islands, also known as Koh Phi Phi, is in the middle of the Andaman Sea, 42 km from Amphoe Mueang. It is part of the Nopharat Thara Beach – Phi Phi Islands national park, which has two big islands, Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Le, and four smaller islands nearby, Koh Yung, Koh Mai Phai, Koh Pida Nok, and Koh Pida Nai. 

Iron, wood, rubber, and shorea are the principal materials that cover the islands. Chanpha, rattans, banyans, and many kinds of vines are additional trees. Red mangroves, samae, and white and black beans are only a few of the mangrove species. The islands near Phi Phi and a few beaches near Krabi’s coast are the most visited locations in the park.

Location: Between Thailand’s mainland and the big island of Phuket in the Straits of Malacca.

Best time to visit: Between November & April 

Things to do: Diving, snorkeling, enjoying numerous white & sand beaches, rock climbing, and sea kayaking are ordinary outdoor pursuits. 

Best hotel: SAii Phi Phi Island Village, Zeavola Resort, Phi Phi Holiday Resort, Phi Phi The Beach Resort

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