Phuket Island, Thailand: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Martí Micolau

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Phuket Island is the largest and most populated in Thailand, with an area of ​​about 800 square km. It is also called the Pearl of the Andaman for its splendid beaches (among the most famous Patong Beach, Nai Yang, Rawai, Kata, Kamala). It is also loved by international tourism for the attractions that can be visited (such as the Statue of the Great Bhudda in Phuket Town) and because it is the starting point for some unique places in the world, such as Phang Nga Bay and Phi Phi Island.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Phuket: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a Phuket holiday cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments
  8. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: about 395.000
  • Capital: Phuket Town
  • Languages: the most widely spoken language is Thai. English is widespread.
  • Local currency: the local currency is the Thai Bath (€ 1,00 = 37,77 thai bath)
  • Weather: tropical, hot all year round, with heavy rains from May to October and a dry period from December to March. Temperatures are high all year round (the average temperature fluctuates between 27 and 29 degrees).
  • Time zone: GMT +7 (5 hours ahead of Italy)
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required. Vaccination for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and Typhus is recommended but not necessary.
  • Entry requirements: a passport with a residual validity of at least 6 months from the day of arrival is required. The visa is required for tourist stays longer than 30 days.
  • Safety info: visit the Thailand section on the Farnesina website
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Phuket Island it is located on the Andaman Sea and it is the largest island in Thailand. It is found at about 860 km away from Bangkok and is connected to the mainland by a road bridge, the Sarasin Bridge.
    In practice, it is located in the southern appendix of Thailand, before the border with Malaysia.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: there are no direct flights. The main stops are in Istanbul or Bangkok if you leave from Milan, and in Istanbul and Qatar if you leave from Rome.
      Compare flights from Rome or Milan - from € 420,00
    • From the main European capitals: from Paris and Amsterdam via Istanbul or Doha. From London with a stopover in Bangkok or Doha.
      Compare flights to Phuket - from € 401,00

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: dry from December to March, wet with rain and monsoons from May to October. Average temperatures between 27 and 29 degrees: the hottest month is April (25-33 degrees), followed by May, June and July (25-31 degrees). The coldest month is January (23-31 degrees). The sea temperature fluctuates between 28 degrees in December - January - February and 30 in April - May - June.
    • Best time: due to weather conditions, the best period is from December to March. For surfing, the best time is from June to September, when the sea waves are the highest.
    • Period to avoid: in terms of climate, the worst periods are May-June and September-October due to heavy rains and the possibility of monsoons.
    • Advice: light clothing should not be missing in the suitcase given the high temperatures, sunscreen, swimsuit, sarong and beach hat. Always carry an umbrella with you.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Phuket town: a quiet and peaceful town but full of entertainment. The old town is characterized by three different types of buildings: the public buildings that house schools and government offices, the shop houses in the center and the large Sino-colonial buildings owned by the "tin oligarchs". Do not miss the Ranong Road market with handcrafted fabrics, to buy the typical Thai and Malaysian sarongs (pareos).
    2. Promthep Cape: it is located in the extreme south of the island of Phuket and is the most photographed place for its sunset, the most spectacular of the whole island.
    3. Nai Yang Beach: it is located on the north-west coast of Phuket, inside the Nai Yang National Park and is particularly suitable for snorkeling due to the beauty of its seabed.
    4. Mai Khao beach: it is located on the north west coast of Phuket Island, inside the Nai Yang National Park and is famous because in the dry season (between October and February) the turtles lay their eggs.
    5. Patong Beach: it is the most important and largest city beach for tourism in Phuket. It is equipped with accommodation facilities and clubs, active above all at night, so it is particularly suitable for young people and those who do not want to give up the nightlife.
    6. Rawai and Nai Harn beach: the landscape of Rawai is surrounded by palm trees, and here it is possible to visit the village of the "sea gypsies", that is the minority of nomadic fishermen of Malay origin present on the island. Nai Harn is located under Patong, on the southern tip of the island, is characterized by soft golden sand, in an unspoiled and secluded area. In the bay of Ao Sane, past the right side of the beach, there are many tropical fish and corals. It is a popular destination for locals.
    7. Kata Beach: tropical beach, one of the most beautiful on the southwest coast of Phuket. It is perfect for swimming because its bottom is sloping and for taking a nice walk on the fine sand surrounded by coconut palms. It is the beach suitable for families. Don't miss a trip to the beautiful cove of Nui Beach.
    8. Karon beach: rarely crowded, a real corner of peace. The locals call it "the beach of singing sand" because the sand is so soft that when you step on it produces a unique and particular sound.
    9. Windmill Viewpoint: one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the island of Phuket. Here you can admire a less touristy sunset than that of Phromphep Cape, but just as spectacular.
    10. Kamala Beach and coral reef: it is located about 10 km north of Patong Beach, but it is totally different. It is spectacular because from here you can admire the coral reef, a few meters from the beach.

    What to do in Phuket: excursions and tours

    How much does a Phuket holiday cost? Prices, offers and advice

    The cost of living is much lower than in Italy. If you choose Patong as a resort, the costs will probably be slightly higher, but on average you can dine in a local cheap restaurant for around € 2,00 and in a luxury one for around € 20,00.

    As for transport, a ticket on public transport costs on average less than € 1,00, as well as 1 km by taxi. You can find many affordable flight + hotel offers (example: in June, a week in a 4/5 star hotel on the beaches, hotel + flight from Rome for about € 900,00 per person; in January the same offer is around € 1.100 per person).

    • Hotels and b & b in Patong from € 22,00 per room -
    • starting from € 419,53 -
    • return flight + 7 nights from € 720,00 per person -
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote
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