Top destination - Why go there in Phuket, Thailand ?

Phuket, Thai largest island

Phuket, Thai largest island - Phuket island from the plane
Phuket island from the plane

Most popular, largest and maybe most fun island of Thailand, Phuket consists of one very large island, and 32 smaller islands. It hosts some of the most popular beaches in Thailand, especially on the Western side, and allows for so many fun activities. Patong, the most touristic area, is also the departure point for a lot of the activities all around the island.

  • Is tap water safe to drink in Phuket, Thailand ?
  • No - drink bottled water only and use it to brush your teeth
  • Average prices in TH (USD - 1€ = USD$ )
  • Public transport ticket : 0.74 |
  • Taxi (5km) : 1.85 |
  • Train (200km) : 3.26 |
  • Restaurant (2 persons) : 50 |
  • 5* hotel : 180 |
  • 3* hotel : 110 |
  • Appartment rent : 500 |
  • Women haircut : 12.81 |
  • Men haircut : 9.53 |
  • Weekend city break (2 persons, 1 hotel night, without flights) : 320

 Which local specifics in Phuket, Thailand ?

Phuket mini bus

Phuket mini bus - Our minibus for airport transfer
Our minibus for airport transfer

When arriving or leaving the island, you can book your transfer in advance. The most easy way to easily get to your hotel without being ripped off.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |30 EUR  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Phuket, Thailand

 Best hotels - Where to stay in Phuket, Thailand ?

Silver resort hotel

Silver resort hotel - Room with large bed and window
Room with large bed and window

Pretty cheap hotel, conveniently situated at a 5 minutes walk from the beach, and about 15 minutes walk to the walking street, this hotel offers enough services for an adventure packed trip, when no amenities are needed.

Average Average 3/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |80 EUR  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Silver Resortel, 3/37 Sawadirak RD.Patong Beach

 Finest restaurants - Where to eat in Phuket, Thailand ?

Bangla Street food festival

Bangla Street food festival - Stand of fresh noodles
Stand of fresh noodles

The choice of food in Bangla street food is simply amazing, with about 40 stands, all selling different kind of Thai food, freshly prepared right before your eyes, by smiling people.

Great Great 5/6 (1)  |Cheap-Cheap Cheap  |200 THB  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Bangla road, Patong, Thailand

Patong street pancake

Patong street pancake - Pancake with mango preparation
Pancake with mango preparation

Mango and chocolate pancake, after a long day of adventures and wandering around ? Yes, that is definitely as good as it sounds. Many small booths in the street offers it or other kind of street food, usually for a very cheap price.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Cheap-Cheap Cheap  |100 THB  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Soul curry restaurant

Soul curry restaurant - Butter chicken meal
Butter chicken meal

This tasty Indian restaurant, offers a large choice of Indian dishes, served and tasting just like in India.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Free wifi is fine but could be better Good wifi  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |500 THB  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Sawatdirak Rd, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand

Patong food market

Patong food market - Live music in the market
Live music in the market

Next to one of the malls, at night, the outskirts starts to rise to the sound of live music and the smell of fresh food.

Average Average 3/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Patong, Phuket, Thailand

The Murphys Irish pub

The Murphys Irish pub - Live music on the terrace
Live music on the terrace

Like most Irish pubs, The Murphys in Patong has live music, a good choice of western dishes, but also have some great local choice.

Average Average 3/6 (1)  |Free wifi is working, but often too slow Slow wifi  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |500 THB  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand 162-162/2-2 Thawewong Rd, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand

Surf House Patong

Surf House Patong - Surfing spot and bar
Surfing spot and bar

Probably the most entertaining bar restaurant in Patong, as it has in its center a surfing spot, which is hardly getting boring to watch !

 What to see in Phuket, Thailand ?

Patong beach sunset

Patong beach sunset - Sunset from the beach
Sunset from the beach

As Patong beach is on the west side of Phuket island, it allows for some magnificient sunsets. Nature is beautiful !

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Patong, Phuket, Thailand

 Excellent activities - What to do in Phuket, Thailand ?

Patong Beach Bangla walking street

Patong Beach Bangla walking street - Bangla Walking street entry sign
Bangla Walking street entry sign

At night, the most popular place to eat, party, or simply have a drink, is Bangla walking street next to Patong Beach. With plenty of offers for all kind of night activities, there is no need to book anything in advance, simply go there and stop where you feel like.

ATV All terrain vehicle ride

ATV All terrain vehicle ride - Passing a river on an ATV
Passing a river on an ATV

Of the many activities in Phuket, ATV ride was the most fun. About 40 minutes ride around the place, passing on some rivers, and up and down the path, it was also fun trying to go faster than our friends.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |80 EUR  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Phuket, Thailand

Patong beach

Patong beach - Beach in the morning
Beach in the morning

The main attraction of the city, Patong beach ! With a very large sandy area, and a long waterfront, this public beach is generally clean and comfortable, without much hassle from the local sellers.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Patong massage

Patong massage - Massage salon in Patong
Massage salon in Patong

No visit in Thailand is complete without at least a Thai massage ! Patong hosts literally thousands of massage salons, which all mostly offer the same services : thai, feet, oil massages. Some of them also have special ones, like aloe vera massage for example. Additionally, the massage salons are also the place where you can leave your laundry for a cheap and quick wash.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |200 THB  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Patong, Phuket, Thailand

White water rafting in Phuket

White water rafting in Phuket - On a rafting in Thailand
On a rafting in Thailand

One of most fun activities, white water rafting, is easily available from Phuket ! Despite being extremely fun, the adventure we have booked, including rafting among many other things, has been one of the most disappointing rafting trip we've had, as we were simply holding a cord, and not paddling at all. Make sure when booking to ask which kind of rafting it is, and try to avoid a passive cord holding rafting for an active and more fun paddling rafting experience.

Average Average 3/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |90 EUR  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Phuket, Thailand

Adventure tour bus

Adventure tour bus - Tour bus pickup in front of hotel
Tour bus pickup in front of hotel

Most of the tours booked in one of the tourist offices, will start from a bus like this one, which will pick you up right in front of your hotel. As nearly all places cannot be more than an hour away from Patong, if you are leaving from there, the trip will be pleasant and comfortable.

Lungkhay fruit garden

Lungkhay fruit garden - Fruit market entrance
Fruit market entrance

A touristic stop on the way to some of the activities, it looks like no more than a shop at first sight. However, it is not. They take the guests by small groups to sit in a quiet area, where each person has a plate of fresh fruit mix to try. And, by going around the garden, there is the possibility to try many different preparations with local fruits, may it be sweets or ice creams.

Island safari camp

Island safari camp - Entrance sign
Entrance sign

The place to start your rafting trip, or try zipline, in Phuket.

Monkey cave

Monkey cave - Baby monkey with a banana
Baby monkey with a banana

As part of the full day tour activities, the monkey cave visit is one of the stop. Once there, it is possible to either stay outside and feed the monkeys some bananas to have some fun with them, or pay an extra to visit the cave.

Patong tours

Patong tours - A tour booth in Patong
A tour booth in Patong

If you haven't had time to book your activities in advance, no worries, there are plenty of touristic booths all over the city, and nearly one per hotel. By going from one to another, you might even be able to negotiate the prices down.

 Best clubs - Where to party in Phuket, Thailand ?

Crazy horse circus

Crazy horse circus - Bar and dancers
Bar and dancers

One of the most animated bar of the street, and probably the most colorful, Crazy horse circus has a large seating area opened on the walking street. On top of the nice dancers in the bar, which keeps the ambiance at its top, it is possible to play some games with the staff, in order to try to win free shots.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |300 THB  |See on map of Phuket, Thailand Crazy horse circus, Bangla road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

 Where to shop in Phuket, Thailand ?

Jung Ceylon shopping center

Jung Ceylon shopping center - Street entrance
Street entrance

If you are going to Thailand for shopping, then Jung Ceylon is the place to go to find all kind of products, local and international. The center also hosts many bars and restaurants, and is worth the visit for an amazing light and sound show on the water fountains in the main court.