Thailand’s best-known island gem is an irresistible package of world-class beaches, rich cultural heritage, and flavorful cuisines. 
Phuket is called “The Pearl of the Andaman” for a reason. Thailand’s most famous island town boasts glistening white sand beaches that stretch from its northern to southern shores, luxurious marinas harboring multimillion-dollar yachts, and a wealth of culinary treasures. This shining pearl has a rich history shaped by marriages between locals and Chinese fortune seekers. These relationships thrived amid the tin mining boom, bringing about a unique culture that’s now known as Peranakan, which is evident in the local flavors that abound in Phuket Town. 
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Explore Phuket

  • Phuket Town
  • Patong
  • Karon – Kata
  • Nai Yang
  • Mai Khao

Phuket Town


Sino-Portuguese shophouses that line Phuket Town are symbols of the wealthy tin mining industry showered upon Phuket’s merchants of old. Many of these shophouses have been transformed into trendy cafés or intimate restaurants. Stroll down these vibrant streets to admire their boldly colored, intricately detailed facades, and sample the delicious fare.

Known For

Sightseeing, Dining, Historic Buildings

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Patong’s crescent-shaped coastline is home to powdery white sand beaches that are second to none. This beach has been drawing weekenders from around the world since first opening to tourists back in the ’70s. Today, it remains equally appealing, still attracting night owls and party enthusiasts with a gamut of diverse dining and entertainment options.

Known For

Beach, Nightlife

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Karon – Kata


Holidaymakers seeking a laidback beach experience may want to make Karon and Kata Beaches their base on the island. Long-stretching Karon is home to expansive beach resorts, each fronted by rows of comfortable day beds, while Kata’s meandering streets are lined with restaurants serving drool-worthy international fare alongside seaside and sunset views worth the climb.

Known For

Beach, Sunbathing, Water Sports

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Nai Yang


This coastal area northwest of Phuket is part of Sirinat National Park, making it a great place to immerse in nature.  Pine and rubber trees that sway along with the breeze, a pristine coastline blanketed with silky-soft sand, and the possibility of spotting wild creatures are some of this destination’s biggest draws. Plus, Nai Yang’s relative seclusion from the rest of Phuket make it ideal for a private getaway far from the province’s lively bustle. 

Known For

Beach, Forest, Biking

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Mai Khao


Phuket’s longest and northernmost beach is also its most exclusive. Mai Khao’s calm azure waters and golden-white sandy stretch are ideal for every beach activity imaginable, from all-day sunbathing, to indulging in seafood dinners on long tables that stretch from one resort to another, and wedding celebrations with a few hundred guests.

Known For

Beach, Trails

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3 Days in Phuket, Thailand: A Weekend on the Beaches and Beyond

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Bliss Out on the Beach

Phuket is home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches. First-timers should check out the famous Patong, where the crescent-shaped coastline hugs soft white-sand beaches. Unwind with a beer and spicy somtum before moving southward towards the Karon and Kata stretch, where the vibe is less frenetic. As the sun goes down, stroll over to Phrom Thep Cape, which offers one of Thailand’s best spots for taking in a truly glorious sunset. 

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Go on a Local Food Hunt

Kick off your day at Phuket Town with hot-off-the-steamer dim sum, wok-fried Hokkien noodles, and Peranakan-style spring rolls, before walking off all the calories at Thalang and Dibuk roads, home to colorful, ornately decorated Sino-Portuguese shophouses. Still peckish? Make a stop at Michelin Bib Gourmand venues where hungry locals and tourists alike queue for bowls of pork steamed rice and spicy local fare.


Take it Slow at the Northern Beaches

Take a trip up north to Nai Yang Beach, surrounded by what is unarguably Phuket’s best-preserved forest. Fill up on local eats before trekking up to Mai Khao Beach Viewpoint for stunning views. Mai Khao Beach is lined with some of the island’s most luxurious and exclusive hotels. Live the luxe life as you relax on a lounger or surprise your significant other with an ultra-romantic private dinner on the beach.

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