Destination

Phuket Holidays

Laid-back beaches and crystal clear waters.

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
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT +7 hours
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Health Information No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Top Tips from our Experts

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

“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.”

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

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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