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Phuket Holidays

Did you know there are over 30 Phuket beaches? Every single one of them is world class. Spend your Phuket holidays drinking in the breath-taking landscape of these white sands, which have the beautiful natural backdrop of lush jungle and limestone cliffs jutting out of crystalline waters. You will find that this corner of Thailand offers an ideal mix of romantic paradise and vibrant culture stemming from the nearby lively local towns and markets.

We believe that Phuket holidays are the perfect place to escape the winter, offering an abundance of absolute relaxation. You can take romantic strolls along quiet beaches or enjoy the extensive range of luxurious spa and wellness centres. Phuket is known for its fabulous Thai cuisine. You can dine out in exclusive restaurants or snack roadside at the local and wonderfully authentic Thai food stalls.

The best of beachlife on Phuket holidays

If you wish to do more than rest on the beach all day then behold - we can offer you some wonderful adventures, including day excursions to uninhabited islands, as well as excellent scuba diving and snorkelling. Tour the coastline by boat and find your own favourite spot among the best beaches in Phuket.

Away from the beach there’s even more to discover on Phuket Island. Head on thrilling jungle walks to cool waterfalls, or hire a scooter to explore the island’s villages and plantations. Visit Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Conservation Centre where a remnant of primeval rainforest shelters exotic wildlife such as Asian fairy-bluebirds, gibbons and Malayan black giant squirrels.

Combine your relaxing stay at a Phuket resort with some time on some of Thailand’s smaller island paradises such as Koh Lanta, and make sure you have a few days to experience the energy of vibrant Bangkok.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the traditional architecture, boutique shops and cafes of Phuket Old Town
  • Take a day excursion to Phang Nga Bay to see Maya Beach and James Bond Island
  • Enjoy being pampered with a massage - not only does it cost a fraction of the price you’d pay at home, you can enjoy one on the beach
  • Make the most of the amazingly accessible snorkelling opportunities around Phuket in Thailand

Our favourite hotels

Let us help you find the perfect accommodation. Browse our favourite Phuket resorts to stay in Thailand. There are so many options - you can hire a chic Phuket villa or opt for a resort packed with pools and activities. That’s why we are here to help you.

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Cape Panwa Hotel

Cape Panwa

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

 £1,299  pp

Cape Panwa Hotel
Bird Eye view

Mandarava Resort and Spa

Karon Beach

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

 £1,199  pp

Mandarava Resort and Spa
Unique

Keemala

Phuket

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £3,799  pp

Keemala

The Vijitt Resort Phuket

Friendship Beach

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

 £1,199  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.

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    Phuket beaches

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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32ºC
40mm

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33ºC
30mm

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34ºC
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33ºC
150mm

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32ºC
200mm

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32ºC
240mm

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31ºC
300mm

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31ºC
260mm

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30ºC
400mm

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31ºC
280mm

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31ºC
200mm

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31ºC
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  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “Spend a day visiting Old Phuket Town. This fascinating historical town is often overlooked as it isn’t on the coast yet there are some great walking tours online to download and follow, and on the occasional rainy day it’s fun and easy place to explore.”

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    Karen

    Destination Executive

    “Karon is a great little resort if you are seeking 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

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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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