Phuket Holidays

Phuket holidays are perfect for a winter escape, with idyllic beaches and breathtaking natural scenery. The ideal mix of romantic paradise and vibrant culture, the hustle and bustle of Phuket’s local towns and markets are never far from its 30 world class beaches.

Spend your days on untouched white sand backing onto wildlife rich jungle and limestone cliffs jutting out of crystal clear waters. It’ll come as no surprise that this corner of Thailand has been the location for films including James Bond and The Beach. There are plenty of opportunities for you to have your own adventures too, with excursions to uninhabited islands and excellent scuba diving and snorkelling.

Destination Highlights
  • Enjoy romantic walks on quiet beaches
  • Discover the island by boat
  • Savour authentic Thai cuisine
  • Pamper yourself at a spa
  • Explore vibrant towns and cities
  • Spot local wildlife

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Cape Panwa Hotel

Cape Panwa

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

£929 pp

Cape Panwa Hotel

Mandarava Resort and Spa

Karon Beach

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

£919 pp

Mandarava Resort and Spa
Unique

Keemala

Phuket

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,999 pp

Keemala

The Vijitt Resort Phuket

Friendship Beach

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

£1,089 pp

The Vijitt Resort Phuket

Time Zone

GMT +7 hours

Flight Time

There are various indirect carriers which operate in conjunction with Bangkok Airways from the UK and offer a daily service to Phuket from Bangkok. In addition Bangkok Airways operates a daily service from Chiang Mai and Koh Samui to Phuket.

Currency

Thai Baht

Visa Information

British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for stays under 30 days.

Language

Thai - but English is widely spoken

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

The wonderful thing about Phuket is that there is always something to do – on and off the island, come rain or shine, and regardless of your age and ability. From chilling on your beach of choice to adrenaline activities, and from romance to party revelry – the list of things to do is practically endless. Many of the hotels have in-house spas which are just perfect for an indulgent treatment. Try your hand at some of the watersports available to you, or perhaps take a class in Muay Thai Boxing, yoga or cooking. When you are ready to explore further; discover the abundance of stunning beaches, delve into the rich history of Old Phuket Town and don’t forget to sample the fantastic dining and nightlife choices.

  • Beach

    Phuket beaches

    Few islands can boast such an abundance of beautiful beaches as Phuket.

  • Phi Phi Island

    An exhilarating 45 minute speedboat journey will take you to the idyllic Phi Phi Islands. Discover the famous Viking Cave, named for its mysterious cave paintings, and admire the glittering waters and breathtaking cliffs of Pileh Cove. When you’ve finished exploring, relax on the heavenly white beaches or cool off in the alluring turquoise waters where you will come close to the islands’ vibrant marine life.

  • Phuket Old Town

    Phuket Old Town

    Step back in time with a stroll around the historic area of Phuket City. Its ornate buildings and colourful temples make Phuket Old Town a vibrant contrast to the island’s beaches. You’ll find ample opportunity for shopping and sampling local dishes, but the area really comes alive on a Sunday evening with the night market. Make the most of your visit by downloading an online walking tour before you go.

  • Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island

    Have your own James Bond adventure at the iconic Phang Nga Bay, made famous by the classic film The Man with the Golden Gun. This UNESCO World Heritage site is made up of dramatic limestone rock formations rising out of dazzling green waters. Discover local villages, rubber plantations and a Buddhist temple, or journey through the mangroves on a long tailed boat. Keep an eye out for monkeys and tropical birds.

  • Snorkelling

    The calm waters of the Andaman Sea are ideal for snorkelling, particularly between November and April. We have found that Naithon Beach and Merlin Beach are some of the best spots.

  • Delicious Thai Food

    A typical Thai meal emphasises lightly prepared dishes with strong, aromatic components and includes four main seasonings: salty, sweet, sour and spicy.

Best time to visit

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Average weather in January

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Phuket
32ºC
40mm

Average weather in February

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Phuket
33ºC
30mm

Average weather in March

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Phuket
34ºC
40mm

Average weather in April

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Phuket
33ºC
150mm

Average weather in May

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Phuket
32ºC
200mm

Average weather in June

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Phuket
32ºC
240mm

Average weather in July

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Phuket
31ºC
300mm

Average weather in August

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Phuket
31ºC
260mm

Average weather in September

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Phuket
30ºC
400mm

Average weather in October

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Phuket
31ºC
280mm

Average weather in November

Good travel weather

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Phuket
31ºC
200mm

Average weather in December

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Phuket
31ºC
60mm
  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “Spend a day visiting Old Phuket Town. It’s often overlooked as it isn’t on the coast – but it’s really historical and interesting. There are some great walking tours online to download and follow, and even on the occasional rainy day it’s fun and easy.”

  • Karen

    Destination Executive

    “My favourite beach on Phuket is Mai Khao Beach. It’s 11 kilometres long and backs onto a national park. It’s perfect for swimming, and there are lovely hotels which you can stay at or just pop in for a lovely lunch.’’ (Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa)

  • Melissa, Destination Specialist

    Melissa

    Destination Specialist

    “Karon is a great little resort for those wanting the perfect blend of action and relaxation. You'll find loads of quirky restaurants including Mama Juin's – a family-run local restaurant where the prices are as great as the food.”

Types of Phuket holidays

Phuket Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Bangkok take approximately 12 hours and 40 minutes excluding stop-over time. There are no direct flights to Phuket, however British Airways, Thai Airways and Eva Air provide flights to Phuket International Airport from London airports via Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. There are also alternative connections with Emirates and Qatar Airways and other international carriers.

There are lots of boat trips leaving from Phang Nga out to Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island. Choose an excursion and we’ll pick you up, drive you to Phang Nga and take you on a longtail boat tour of the highlights, before dropping you back to your hotel.

The cost of living is generally quite low in Thailand – unless you are dining at a Michelin star restaurant of course. Prices on the smaller islands are more expensive than the mainland or larger islands. A simple lunch for two will cost you around THB400, and a local beer like Chang, or Singh, will cost around THB100.  

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