Hotspot Phuket: Tips for your vacation in Phuket

Dream destination Phuket in Thailand?

Phuket is one of the most famous and popular among Thai islands. It is located in the Andaman Sea and is connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge. Although this Thai island has been one of the country’s most popular travel destinations for more than 35 years, there is still much worth seeing and original things to discover on Phuket off the beaten track.

The island offers many different beaches. From the lively Patong Beach with multi-faceted entertainment, water sports, shopping and an attractive nightlife to the secluded Kata Noi Beach, everything can be found here. Kata and Karon beaches are absolutely popular with families with children. Ya Nui Beach, an enchanting bay between Promthep Cape and the windmill lookout is an absolute insider tip. The beach of Laem Singh is perfect for those seeking peace and quiet, and Kamala Beach impresses with its particularly white and fine sand. Very trendy and with several exclusive beach clubs Bangtao Beach presents itself and the Mai Khao Beach is with its 11 kilometers the longest beach of the island, but also the quietest. Whether it is Surin Beach, Paradise Beach, Nai Yang Beach, Pansea Beach, Ao Sane Beach or Naithon Beach – you can explore another great beach every day during your vacation. 

Accommodations in Phuket for every need

On Phuket there are big and small hotels for every budget. If you want to travel with the family and small children, there are also numerous resorts with entertainment, games and fun for even the youngest guests.

A beautiful hotel pool

If you’re looking for luxury and privacy, a villa on Kata Noi Beach is just about perfect.A highlight are the resorts at the northern end of this beach, built picturesquely into the hills. Here you are offered a dreamlike view of the sea and the coast. Also a villa at the Laguna, at Bangtao Beach, captivates with a very special flair. 

Traditional and historic hotels are also located directly in Phuket Town. There is always a lot going on in the island’s capital as well. Museums, temples, mosques, markets and many houses in the Sino-Portuguese architectural style provide pure variety.  

View through the streets of Phuket

The most beautiful sights on the Thai island

Ean absolute must-see on Phuket is the Big Buddha. He is perched high on a hill in the south of the island. If you have climbed the 94 steps to the large statue of white marble, the picturesque Chalong Bay is virtually at your feet. On a clear day you can even see Phang Nga Bay from here. Don’t forget that this is not only one of the most beautiful sights on the island, but also a Buddhist temple. So you should dress respectfully. That means knees and shoulders should be covered.

Big Buddha statue in Phuket

Also a great Buddhist sight is the Wat Chalong temple. This is the largest temple in Phuket. Wat Chalong was built at the beginning of the 19th century and presents itself with many buildings and stupas. Time and again temple festivals are held here, which resemble a fun folk festival.

You should also take a trip to Phang Nga Bay. Here magical caves and overgrown islands await you. The water is crystal clear and invites you to snorkel. Also a boat trip to the Phi Phi Islands is always worthwhile. However, you should plan a whole day for this excursion.

If you want to experience a breathtaking view, then the path will lead you to Rang Hill. There is a nice restaurant up there. The view during the day is great, but in the evening it is simply unforgettable when the island shines with its lights below you.

If you want to learn about Thai history and the culture of ancient Siam, then a visit to the Siam Niramit is a good idea. Shows with dance, theater and music are held here daily. Also a great show, but in a different way, offers the legendary Simon`s Cabaret. Here the famous ladyboys, called Kathoys, invite to entertaining hours. In this cabaret you will experience perhaps the craziest travesty show you have ever seen. 

Famous for Thailand is also the so-called James Bond rock. It served as a backdrop in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” and you can visit it during a boat trip.

Also by boat you can reach the small island of Koh Panyi in Phang Nga Bay. The island itself is not the highlight, but the traditional pile village of the sea gypsies. Here you can walk in a real village with schools, stores and restaurants, buy souvenirs and listen to exciting stories of the fishermen.

Also be sure to get up extra early one day and head to Phuket Town as early as 5am. Visit the large wet market here. Here food, handicrafts and more are sold and you can mingle with the colorful crowd of locals. Already at this time of the day, people are haggling and trading and, of course, sizzling and cooking. Enjoy a typical breakfast of rice soup, fried skewers and stuffed dumplings at the small cookshops that Thailand is so famous for.

Nightlife on the island

The most turbulent nightlife on Phuket can be found at Patong Beach.This is known throughout Thailand and the world. In the evening, Bangla Road, the cross street to the beach turns into a walking street. To the left and right are bars, discos and clubs. In between you will find small restaurants, stores, massage parlors, hairdressers, boutiques and of course a lot of cookshops.

Also on Karon and Kata Beach, the nightlife is anything but boring. During your Phuket vacation you can also visit one or more of the great beach clubs. Here you can relax during the day and rock out in the evening.

The Cafe Del Mar is located on Kamala Beach. Feudal beach parties are always held here. Catch Beach Club was one of the first on the island and is located on Bangtao Beach. Here you can experience picturesque sunsets while listening to casual music. Xana Beach Club is also located on Bangtao Beach and is known for its international DJs.

Between Patong and Kamala lies the Iguana Beach Club, which is still a little insider tip. From November to May, international DJs play here. You can enjoy a great beach day in the enchanting bay, enjoy the sunset and in the evening really mutate into a party lion. 

Organizing and things to know for your Phuket vacation

Several times a week flights go directly to Thailand from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Many airports also fly directly to the island. However, you can also combine the flights with a stopover in the Thai capital Bangkok. Three days in Bangkok before or after your beach vacation are absolutely recommended. The travel time to Thailand is on average 11 hours.

Die main travel season for your Phuket vacation is ideally between November and May. But even in the shoulder season, the island is always worth a trip. It never gets cold in the land of smiles. During the rainy season, however, you must expect once a day with a violent tropical storm. In return, the beaches are emptier and usually the prices are more tempting.

The time difference between DACH and Thailand is 5 hours during summer time and 6 hours during winter time. Asia is ahead of Europe by these hours. You don’t have to worry about power outlets. You usually don’t need an adapter because the outlets fit. Especially in hotels and resorts these are according to international standard. For small bungalows and beach huts, however, an adapter is worthwhile, as here the plugs in the socket could be somewhat loose. 

Whether it’s a relaxing beach vacation, a family vacation, a romantic getaway, an adventure vacation, or just a mix of everything, your Phuket vacation is guaranteed to hold plenty of variety for you. 

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