Phuket Holidays
Holidays in Phuket

Dip your toes into the warm shallows of the Andaman Sea

Soak up that oh-so-lovely southwest sunshine as this is where fiction becomes reality on Thailand’s largest island, Phuket. On your Phuket holiday, discover why this island is one of Thailand's most popular holiday destinations. With beaches stretching as far as the eye can see and a vibrant diverse culture (not to mention the buzzing nightlife), it's easy to fall in love with this exciting destination on a trip to Phuket.

Freedom Beach

Phuket holidays

Holidays to Phuket have been popular with backpackers and gap-year travellers for decades, but this most exotic of student destinations is now getting a bit of a reputation for delivering some seriously swanky getaways as well.

It’s a mad, mad mix of traditional Thai lifestyle and tourist-focused treats, smart hotels, clubs, pubs, restaurants and, if there’s anything left in your wallet, some top-drawer shopping experiences too. From trips into the jungle to navigating your way around the markets, lazing on sun-kissed beaches and partying until the sun rises, holidays to Phuket have to be on your bucket list at least once.

Explore, eat, beach, repeat.

Kata Beach


Phuket is a relatively small island, but it never feels crowded, and the beaches have more than enough space for everyone. And let’s be honest, the beaches are the main attraction on any Phuket holiday. Head to the west coast and you’ve got wide, sweeping sand and crystal-clear water, perfect for diving. Patong Beach tends to be the busiest beach as it's located in the heart of Phuket's tourist spots such as Bangla Walking Street. However, Kata Beach may be a better option if you're looking for something lively but slightly less crowded.

Thai cuisine

Authentic Thai cuisine

Phuket has some great cooking schools so you can learn just how much lemongrass you really do need to spice up a green curry. If you’re a hopeless cook even with the help of an expert, leave the cooking to someone else and try some of the local delicacies. Phuket is famous for its fish dishes, and there are plenty of trendy restaurants in town where you can try anything from shrimp to snapper. If you’re feeling really adventurous, why not try some fried delicacies at the Phuket Weekend market?

Maya Bay

Had enough of the beach?

If you can tear yourself away from the beach, check out some of the island’s cultural attractions, such as the Golden Buddha at Wat Khao Rang, or the historic twisting streets of old Phuket town. Explore the sea caves of Phang Nga Bay's secret lagoons and unique caves. Adventure through Phra Thaeo National Park, and learn all about the local flora and fauna. Go island hopping and catch a glimpse of James Bond Island (so named because it was the location of several Bond films), and even 'The Beach' from Leonardo Di Caprio's iconic 2000 film. 

Hotels in Phuket

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When to travel and how to get around

James Bond Island

When shall I go?

Don’t worry, you won’t need to pack a woolly jumper, no matter when you take your holidays to Phuket. It’s hot all year round, with the average daily temperatures rarely falling below 31°C.

  • November – February – regarded by the locals as the ‘cool’ season, with average day temperatures of around 30°C and night-time temperatures of around 24°C. This is the ideal time to travel if you fancy a bit of winter sunshine.
  • March – July – consistently warm at around 32°C, with a higher chance of showers in the evening (although even the showers are warm).
  • August – October – not much change on the temperature front at around 31°C.
Phuket Old town

A to B, easy as 1,2,3

  • By Songthaew – pick up and drop off on these converted trucks is by request (there are no real ‘stops’ as such). It’s the most common method of transport in town, and used by locals and tourists alike. It’s cheap, it’s cheerful, and it totally makes you feel like a local.
  • By Tuk-tuk – don’t think you’re getting a super-fit local peddling you around – modern tuk-tuks are small minivans with four wheels (not three). The drivers have a ‘flexible’ approach to fares, so agree the cost before you get in.
  • By Taxi – metered taxis are plentiful and actually cheaper than tuk-tuks. It’s best to ask your hotel concierge to order one for you, and again, agree the price before you set off.

Essential information for Phuket

Local time
+ 6hrs
Flag of Thailand
Thai Baht
Official currency of Thailand
Flight information
14h 10m
Indirect flight
Flight Schedule
Fly to Phuket with Air France, KLM or Emirates

Do I need a visa?

British citizens do not require a visa for stays less than 30 days.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Something different

During mid-Autumn candles, cakes and incense feature more frequently than usual to celebrate the Moon Festival whilst November promises Krathong where waterways become covered in decoratively adorned floats in respect of the water spirits.

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