With miles of lovely beach and a hot climate, Phuket Island now earns most of its income from tourism, although in years past it was a stop of many ships as part of a trading route, producing tin and rubber. At the center of all that was Phuket Town, a colorful blend of cultural influences. Today the city is proof of the island’s historical soul. ... Read more
Wander down streets lined with Sino-Portuguese architecture housing arty coffee shops, galleries, wonderful inexpensive restaurants and hip little guesthouses like 99 Oldtown Boutique Guesthouse. Beaches are reachable by songthaews. Top beaches in Phuket include the party resort Patong Beach and Karon Beach.

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The best and most popular time to visit Phuket Island is during the dry season (November to February) when rainfall is at a minimum, humidity is lower, and temperatures are most pleasant. You’ll want to avoid ... Read more
traveling to Phuket Island from March to early May since the heat and humidity can become unbearable. By the end of May, the monsoons have begun, and generally last through October. It’s not impossible to travel here during the monsoons, especially since the downpours are usually limited to the afternoon and evening. Traveling during monsoon season also means big discounts on your hotel and vacation packages, along with fewer crowds.

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What travelers are saying

  • 9.8
    History Buffs
  • 8.0
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 7.7
    Nightlife Lovers
  • 7.5
    Foodies
  • 6.8
    Adventure Travellers

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Klang

Phuket town is popular and crowded, many tourists came here have vacation and like to strolling and shopping. Most of the Chinese Thai are believed came from Fujian, China. They believed in Goddess and prayed very sincerely during Chinese 9th month of Lunar Calender. There will be a very big festival here.

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Paris

Restaurant atypique, good seafood, awesome cocktails. You can even grill your own prawn. À aller découvrir

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Rome

I've been in Thailand for 6 weeks and I've been 2 days in Phuket town, I actually didn't like it, it's a bit too touristic for my preferences but if you're looking for nightlife and bars, this is the right place for you! There are a lot of activities to do, I did the Bungee Jumping in Patong Beach, but you can also do Snorkeling or visit temples!

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Melbourne

A bit boring, nothing here to see really. Head to Patong for more life, better restaurants, a beach and a much nicer place. We did after 1 night.

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Phuket Town is a jewel and only 15 minutes from Coconut Island by 3 minute boat and 12 minute taxi ride.
See Old Chinatown with cafes, cute international restaurants, souvenir shops, clothing stores, Thai handmade products.
Evenings offer fine international restaurants and pubs and discos that offer a range from rock and roll to beautiful acoustic live music.

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Porto

I did not have many expectations about this city, maybe this is why i enjoyed so much. Few tourists, a calm small city, with great sino-portuguese architecture everywhere. Some nice bars and caffes.

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Orange

Busy small town, great food and nice way to find culture while visiting Phuket.

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Chai Nat

Superb place to explore but be prepared to not knowing what you will find - always interesting....

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Male

No wonder why Leonardo Di Caprio felt in love with this. small town of the Thais!

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Burnaby

You have to go to the Market and see all the stalls. If you find anything you like, make you bargain. Whatever price they say, make sure you pay 20-25% of that, less even better. Also there's a lot of food to offer, I had some fried banana and boy was it good and it was cheap. I believe I paid $0.75CDN. Seafood is also excellent tasting, you could also bargain for that. The shrimps we had we're huge. So make sure you try that.

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