Want to escape the dreary British winter? Longing for some winter sun? Thailand’s paradise island of Phuket is stunning all year round but is at its best during our winter months – what better excuse to banish the January blues and make your friends jealous with a trip to the tropics? Unwind on pristine white beaches, soak up the sunshine, swim in the warm turquoise waters, and explore the colourful island culture of Phuket. If you love to party, you’ll love the lively nightlife on Phuket – especially those infamous all-night Full Moon beach parties. However, it’s not all about bars and dancing under the moonlight, there’s also some beautiful sightseeing to be done, with ancient temples, bustling markets and spectacular mountain scenery to explore. Sporty holidaymakers are drawn here by the dazzling array of water sports on offer, with diving one of the most popular and Phuket’s luxurious hotels are some of the best in the world.
Phuket has more to offer than all-night partying. From jungle trekking to PADI diving schools, you’ll find plenty of adventures on Phuket.Head into the mountains and discover Monkey Hill, where you can meet hundreds of cheeky monkeys and enjoy breath-taking views over the island. Visit Promthep Cape viewpoint and gaze across the ocean and its distant palm-fringed islands – perfect if you’re on a romantic getaway.
You can’t miss a trip to Phuket Town with its delicious local cuisine, bustling markets selling everything from crafts to live animals and speeding tuk-tuks. The grand Wat Chalong temple is a sight to behold, while a visit to the fun Phuket Trickeye Museum is a family favourite. Phuket has some wonderful places where you can find a bit of tranquillity away from the crowds. The Big Buddha statue in Chalong has a serene atmosphere, while the moving Tsunami Memorial Park at Kamala is a quiet place for reflection.
Families will love Phuket’s amusement parks, such as the Splash Jungle Waterpark with its flumes and rapids, and Phuket FantaSea, a cultural theme park with lots of entertainment for all ages.
Wine and Dine
Phuket holidays have a raft of great value choice for treating yourself to lush wine and dine experiences! The island’s Old Town is a great place to start for a tasty breakfast – the Gallery Café by Pinky is a unique setting that offers everything from full English breakfasts to the more local flavours of Thai porridge. If you’re a real early bird, head over to Boonrat Dim Sum which is packed out from 6am each morning with diners feasting on a huge choice of dumplings and stuffed buns. For lunch, you can head over to Patong and bask in the Blue Mango Bar and Grill, a simply superb dining spot that features Thai and Italian-Mediterranean flavours all made with fresh local produce. The terrace offers stunning bay views, and as an added bonus while you’re there you can also treat yourself to the many other perks on offer at the luxury Absolute Twin Sands Resort and Spa! Phuket has everything to please on your holiday, from the foodie connoisseur through to the ravenous hikers returning from an all-day trek – enjoy!
Phuket is a splendid choice of holiday for families – the island has a great selection of family-friendly attractions for kids of all ages in a relatively small area, and combined with the amazing beaches and natural beauty it’s really is an unmissable experience! Burning off energy is easy at the Surf House Phuket – catch guaranteed waves each and every day, even when there’s no wind at all! While the kids surf in a fun and safe environment, parents can relax a little in the bar so everyone’s a winner! If you fancy some water fun of a slightly less technical persuasion, Splash Jungle Water Park is jam-packed full of flumes, chutes, waves and excitement. To burn up some rubber there’s go-karting for all the family at Patong Go-Kart Speedway so you can test your skills against one another, or you can even try your hand at some real acrobatics at the Mid-Air Circus Arts Academy to really take your holiday out of this world! Phuket is made for family holidays – will you catch the next wave?
Action and Adventure
If it’s action and adventure you’re after on your holiday, Phuket is a must. From the jungle thrills of elephant tracking at Kok Chang Safari to jet skiing off the tropical coastline your only challenge will be deciding what you want to do first! 007 aficionados will definitely want to take in Phang Nga Bay to see the ‘mushroom rock’ made famous in The Man With the Golden Gun movie, and a hike up to the Big Buddha will amaze you for its size and for the panoramic views you’ll get from your well-earned vantage point! If water sports are your holiday thing then the island will simply be paradise for you – the warm, tropical waters make for fantastic scuba diving, sea kayaking, kite surfing, water skiing and snorkelling in the bays and coves of Phuket’s stunning coastline. Surfing is also a huge hit on Phuket, with cruises and speedboats on hand to get you to some of the best waves Thailand has to offer.
Life's a Beach
Phuket is home to over 40km of perfect beaches, with much of it protected and unspoiled National Park. Dip your toes in the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea, treat yourself to a massage by the shore or order a cocktail straight to your sun lounger. Phuket is all about the beach lifestyle and the vast range of beaches mean there’s somewhere to suit everyone. Patong Beach or Karon Beach are the places to go if you like a lively beach, you’ll find loads of buzzing bars, restaurants and neon nightlife nearby, as well some great shops and water sports. If you prefer a quieter beach, head to the secluded hideaways of Nai Thon and Layan in the north for peace, quiet and stunning views. You could even take traditional tail boat from one of the busier resorts to beautiful Freedom Beach, a secluded cove surrounded by thick rainforest and accessible only by boat!
From beach to nightlife, Phuket is perfect for the non-stop holiday – and in many cases the nightlife is on the beach, so you can have the best of both worlds! If you’re looking for the partying lifestyle, there aren’t many better holiday destinations than Phuket – you’ll see for yourself that the island’s international reputation as a partying capital is extremely well-founded! Travellers from all over the world love the seemingly never ending selection of cabaret shows, bars, discos and nightclubs featuring all types of music from local grooves to world famous DJs. Head over to Bangla Road for the most intense experience, glowing neon, non-stop music and throngs of party-goers. The road even closes completely to traffic at some times of the day such is the bustle and party nature of the place! After you’ve sampled the adrenaline-filled vibe of the likes of Seduction Nightclub and Phuket Fantasea, you’ll also fall in love with the magical sunset bars where you can wind down, sip on sumptuous cocktails and gear up again for the next day. The equation is simple really, Phuket holidays are made for nightlife.
Couples’ holidays to Phuket are something of an island paradise. There’s stunning areas of natural beauty to share together including the elephant jungle sanctuary, Bang Pae Waterfall, or stunning sunsets and sea views from Phromthep Cape. The island is your oyster, so whether you’re looking for constant adrenaline and adventure experiences or a more relaxed, sun-soaked break, Phuket has more than enough variety to be exactly what you want it to be on your holiday. Animal lovers should definitely pay a visit to the Soi Dog Foundation to meet and interact with four-legged friends, Tiger Kingdom in Kathu is equally must-see, and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project gets you up close and personal with the fascinating primates. For some beach therapy, Freedom Beach is an idyllic paradise, Kata Beach has great surfing, or Bang Tao Beach is fantastic for its golden sands. Phuket is a stunning paradise, and is the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation and romance for couples’ holidays.
Phuket has a vast and rich cultural heritage dating back to around 100 BC, with influences during that time from Indian, Chinese and European trade and immigration. The result is a bustling, diverse and unique cultural experience that makes culture easy to come by on your holiday to the island. Buddhism is woven into everyday life on Phuket, with temples such as Wat Chalong offering a fascinating glimpse into the splendour and traditions of this ancient religion. You’ll also brush shoulders with orange-robed monks in the streets of Phuket, and you’ll not find it difficult to find a wealth of food, art, literature and history across the island. A great way to experience a lot of this culture in one place is the annual Vegetarian Festival in Phuket Town, which is a 10-day explosion of street carnivals, mediums, firecrackers, food and outrageous street performers. While in Old Phuket Town there’s a fantastic range of cafés, bars and restaurants drawing on historical trading and mining influences of the region, with some fantastic dishes and cocktails to enjoy. Phuket is a cultural outpost that you’ll simply love exploring and experiencing during your holiday.