Phuket is the ultimate Thai beach destination. The island situated off the southern coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea has a long history as an international destination. The mixed architecture of Phuket City’s historic district where Chinese row houses are nestled beside European style homes and Portuguese villas is a great place to absorb the island province’s mercurial history.
Thailand’s richest province, and largest island, Phuket is home to a diverse range of activities available to travelers on luxury tours of Thailand. The many spas in the area are heralded as some of the best in the world, and throngs of Thai and international tourists come here for pampering.
The emerald waters of the Andaman Sea make snorkeling, diving, yachting, and surfing popular and readily available maritime activities. The island also offers numerous beaches ranging from secluded to bustling depending on guests’ tastes.
Off the beach, nature preserves like Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park lure travelers on Thailand tours into the jungle to visit waterfalls and see diverse wildlife. Elephant treks and jeep safaris into the deeper forests are popular excursions. Phuket’s Big Buddha (an alabaster statue nearly 150 feet high) sits quietly atop the Nakkerd Hills offering a stunning view of the island.
Family oriented attractions are plentiful on the island. Dinner shows like Phuket FantaSea’s pyrotechnic-filled animal extravaganza is a popular itinerary item on tours of Thailand, and Splash Jungle (Thailand’s largest water park) features water cannons, slides, and a wave pool that will have children and adults squealing in delight.
The island’s best weather is from November to March when the beaches sparkle like gold in the sun. Annual rains fall from April to October and can cause the seas to be choppy, but the forests are at their lushest during this time of year.
Lying in the Andaman Sea off the coast of southern Thailand, Phuket Island can be reached by private boat launching from beach destinations on the mainland like Krabi, or domestic and international flights to Phuket International Airport.
With a range of activities both luxurious and family friendly, Phuket has been the top beach destination in Thailand for decades that no traveler on a tour of Thailand should miss.
Appropriate Attire :
Beachwear is a must while visiting this island paradise, but if you plan to visit any of the temples or other religious sites, it’s best to dress modestly in clothing that covers shoulders, arms, and knees.