Sitting just off the coast of Thailand, the island of Phuket is arguably one of the nation’s most famous retreats. Playing host to dozens of luxury resorts, visitors will be captivated by the pristine beaches and rainforested mountains, which lend the area a tropical beauty. Spend your Phuket holidays sunbaking and swimming, immerse yourself in the heady nightlife, or explore family-friendly attractions that are scattered throughout Phuket’s interior.
Patong is the island’s largest town, angled towards the Andaman Sea. Designed to cater to tourists, you’ll find everything you could possibly want in a beachside holiday spot – a multitude of cafes, restaurants and Bangla Road, which comes alive once the sunsets. Alternatively, Karon Beach, Kamala Beach and Hat Kata offer slightly different experiences, focusing on relaxation, fishing and surfing respectively.
If you’re a night owl, there’s also plenty of entertaining places to go exploring. Phuket FantaSea is a family-friendly theme park that celebrates Thailand’s incredible culture under the cover of darkness; brightly-lit architecture provides a beautiful backdrop to animal exhibits, buffets, a shopping street and roaming elephants. Thanon Bangla is colourful district offering nightlife and shopping, while Siam Niramet Phuket is an exciting stage show that plunges into Thailand’s intricate history. If you love the thrill of haggling and purchasing, or you just need a good dose of retail therapy, check out Phuket Sunday Night Market; featuring dozens of stalls offering unique artefacts and pre-loved goods, it’s perfect for anyone wanting an authentic dose of Thai shopping.
Phuket town is often overlooked in favour of the beaches, but there’s a lot to see and do in this old town full of heritage buildings. There’s also a great range of diurnal attractions that cater to families. Cultural sites like Big Buddha and Wat Chalong are set amidst picturesque surrounds and are stunning tributes to Buddhism. Alternatively, venture into the jungle with attractions like the Flying Hanuman zipline and Bang Pae Waterfall, a swimming opportunity which has a nearby gibbon sanctuary. Man-made exhibits can be found at locations such as Phuket Aquarium, Splash Jungle Water Park and Tiger Kingdom Phuket, all of which are great ways to spend a day and tire out the kids. Take a day trip to visit Phang Nga Bay in Thailand which is famous the world over for its natural beauty.
Think that what we’ve mentioned here is all there is to Phuket? Think again – this verdant island is packed with activities, and the best way to see what’s happening is to get over there yourself. Book today with Wyndham for the best Phuket holiday packages.