Thailand’s largest island ‘The Pearl of the Andaman’ - with its curvaceous coastline featuring wide sugary beaches strung between jutting peninsulas and craggy rock formations - doesn’t feel like an island at all, it’s so large you rarely get the sense that you’re surrounded by water. A longtime popular destination it offers a range of activities and places to visit meaning there’s always something to see or do, come rain or shine. A revival period has resulted in designers, artists and baristas setting up shop amidst the traditional shop-houses and Sino-Portuguese architecture of Phuket Old Town whilst on the west coast a clutch of new and smarter beach clubs are making their mark.
|Capital||Bangkok is the capital of Thailand|
|Language||Thai, English is widely spoken|
|Time Difference||3 hours
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Head to western Phuket (Bant Thao, Kamala, Karon, Kata, Laem Sing, Mai Khao, Nai Thon, Nai Yang, Patong and Surin) for the main beaches or south eastern Phuket (Chalong Bay, Cape Panwa, Nai Han, Rawai and Ya Nui) for a selection of more off-the-beaten-track beaches.
Phuket is the diving centre of Thailand and most sites are suitable for all levels but there are some deeper locations for the more experienced. Sites are usually off nearby islands, the reefs are healthy and there's a profusion of marine life to admire.
The beautifully decorated Wat Chalong, with its infinite number of reflections radiating from hundreds of tiny glass pieces and several pagodas, is Phuket's spiritual centre.
At forty-five metres high, you can't miss Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha, which sits atop the Nakkerd Hills gazing down at Chalong and Kata and is visible from most of the south of Phuket. Next to the Big Buddha sits a smaller golden image, actually made of brass.
Phuket’s nightlife offers everything from tacky go-go bars and thatched-roof beer shacks to glamorous beach clubs. Patong's thriving party zone was once notorious but is now much friendlier to all its visitors, whether they're couples or families.
Phuket FantaSea – the exotic storyline of this extravagant, Las Vegas-style entertainment showcase, blends tradition with fantasy and is acted out by a cast of hundreds, performing elephants and jaw-dropping acrobatics against impressive set designs in a 4,000 seat theatre. Set in a theme park, featuring carnival-like games, a shopping village, a Palace of the Elephants, a Similan Adventure Centre and several food outlets it’s quite possibly the best, but most definitely the biggest stage show in Phuket.
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From Dubai to Phuket: 6 hours, 35 minutes.
Located within the grounds of Banyan Tree Phuket , the award winning Laguna Phuket Golf Club features an 18-hole, par 71 golf course designed by Max Wexler and David Abell. Amidst the woodland setting, scenic lagoons, undulating fairways and strategic hazards await golfers of all abilities.