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All you need to know to visit Phuket

ภูเก็ต
Southern Thailand
920 km from Bangkok
Province of Phuket
Thai prononciation : Pouguette

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Practical guide to go and visit Phuket

Phuket island is the biggest island of Thailand and was one of the most affected by the December 2004 tsunami. It was also the fastest to recover so that today except the evacuation signs on the road in case of another tsunami, there remains no trace of the disaster.
Big tourist destination, Phuket is the most visited island of the country. It has many skills to offer: a warm blue sea, a long beach, very agitated nightlife with a multitude of bars and clubs, a beautiful nature if you go a little inside the land. The views of the forest and the turquoise waters from the mountain's tops are gorgeous.
Patong Beach is the most popular area Too popular if you like tranquility. here is the largest concentration of hotels, massage parlors, restaurants and bars... Be careful, if the city offers very famous spas, avoid parlors who solicit clients on the sidewalks, you might have some funny surprises.
If you want to discover authentic Thailand and not live among the tourists, Patong is probably not for you. If you do not like crowded places too. Prefer Hat Kata, Hat Kamala, Hat Nai Thon, Hat Nai Yang or Hat Karon calmer or Rawai and Ao Bang Thao ( more expensive ). From Phuket you can discover Phang Nga Bay just in the North of Phuket. Its coastline beautiful coastline.
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Accommodations in Phuket

In Phuket, the price of the rooms is higher than in many places in Thailand but decreases during the low season (May to October). The room rates also reach a peak between December and January, the highest period in tourism in Phuket. Patong is the most popular and also the most lively area in Phuket, especially at night. There are hotels of all categories and a few guesthouses. Then come Karon and Kata very crowded too. The other beaches, including Rawai and Chalong, are quieter. Note that if you are in transit to Koh Phi Phi, or simply want to explore Phuket town, there are of course hotels and guest houses in the city. These are the cheapest on the island.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Phuket.

Hotel in Phuket

Rawai

Hotel in Phuket

Patong

Hotel in Phuket

Rawai


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Practical information about Phuket

Phuket has no train station but it has an airport with many international flights. A bus trip from Bangkok to phuket takes around 12 hours (you can book your tickets online here at the bootom of the page) but plane tickets are not that much more expensive, especially when Nok Air offers promotional fares (at least once a month, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, we share their promotions)

How to go to Phuket ?

Phuket is not accessible by train but has an airport with international flights and direct domestic flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Pattaya. Many buses also regularly come Sai Tai Mai, Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (you can book tickets online here) while others connect Krabi to Phuket every hour. Formulas bus + boat from Koh Samui also exist.

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How to get around in Phuket ?

To get to the beaches from Phuket airport, a new convenient, if somewhat slow, bus system was introduced in March 2018 (see my article on Smart Buses in Phuket for timetables, itinerary and all details), there also are minivans cheaper than taxis. The Airport Bus also connects Phuket Town (Bus Terminal No. 1) to the airport. To get around in Phuket, you can also order a vehicle via the GRAB smartphone application which is the equivalent of UBER and often offers cheaper races than Phuket taxis. There is also an app called ''Hello Phuket Service''.

Festivals in Phuket ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Phuket. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
chinese new year in phuket town

Chinese New Year in Phuket Town

This festival generally takes place in the month of February

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wat chalong temple fair

Wat Chalong Temple Fair

This festival generally takes place in the month of February

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phuket bike week

Phuket Bike Week

This festival generally takes place in the month of April

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kathu street culture festival

Kathu Street Culture Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of July

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phuket street food festival

Phuket Street Food Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of September

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phuket vegetarian festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of October

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colorful phuket countdown

Colorful Phuket Countdown

This festival generally takes place in the month of December

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Other places to see in Phuket

Koh Panyee Island Phuket
Koh Panyee Island
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the island and its mainly floating village is very touristy. It welcomes all tourists visiting the bay and the James Bond Island, but when everyone is gone, it's a amazing place. You can rent a bungalow to enjoy the unique atmosphere before and after the arrival of tourist groups.
Promthep Cape Phuket
Promthep Cape
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at the southern end of Phuket, the area offers a magnificent view of Andaman Sea especially valuable for sunset.
Phuket Elephant Sactuary Phuket
Phuket Elephant Sactuary
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This elephant sanctuary is one of the most respectful in Thailand. By going there, you will live a beautiful encounter with elephants while being sure to not involuntarily participate in their abuse. This is one of the two elephant sanctuaries I recommend in Phuket.

Weather & climate in Phuket

Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate. Due to its proximity to the equator, during the year temperatures do not vary much. Phuket has a dry season from December to March and a wet season the rest of the year. However, Phuket has precipitation even during its dry season. The most rainy months are September and October.

The best months to come to Phuket are December and especially January and February. From May to the end of October, there are very regular heavy showers. It is especially not recommended to come to Phuket in September and October, the monsoon is strong at that time of the year on the Andaman coast.

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When to go to Phuket ?

quand partir à Phuket

How to ask in Thai to go to Phuket ?

I want to go to Phuket / Yak paï ti Pouguette.
Where is Phuket ? / Pouguette you ti naï ?
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