Do & don’t
Just like in any country, there are few customs everyone should respect and a few things you should not do in Phuket. Some are petty and casual; some are serious and could lead to real trouble.
Where is the best place to change money in Phuket? This is one of the most frequently asked questions on our Phuket blog.
Phuket Town has a lot of charm and has grown in popularity since it was renovated.
Rawai in the south of Phuket has long been home to expatriates, often ignored by tourists because Rawai itself has no swimming beaches.
Nai Harn is a trendy and fabulous beach in the very south of Phuket. It is part of another national park, and therefore was not invaded by hotels and remained relatively untouched, but it can get busy during the high season.
Maikhao is the longest and most peaceful beach in Phuket, part of a national park.
Bangtao has evolved from an isolated luxury enclave to a fun and lively neighbourhood with plenty of choices for all budget.
Kamala beach was an underrated beach for a long time, mostly loved by Scandinavians who would return year after year.
Karon is a very long and wide beach with a small town at each end where you will find many food and shops.
Kata Rocks Phuket is changing the face of luxury accommodation in Phuket. More than just a hotel stay, it’s an unforgettable holiday experience.
The Shore at Katathani on Kata Noi Beach is one of the most exclusive and romantic hotels in Phuket, probably one of our best experience on the island.
Patong was initially one of Phuket most beautiful beach and became popular with the younger crowd for its notorious party atmosphere.
Patong Beach is the real heart of Phuket nightlife, and what makes it so attractive to many is often what other people hate most about it. Patong is big, bold, crowded, bright and loud, yet millions of people flock here every year, like flies on honey. If Bangkok is the Big Mango, then Patong is ...
Scams exist in just about any travel destination around the world, and Phuket is sadly no exception. It’s also quite normal to let your guard down while on holiday. Thai people are naturally very hospitable, but the bad apples count on you not speaking a word of Thai, knowing that this leaves you...
The King's Cup Regatta is one of Phuket's famous international yachting events. It's typically held in December for a week. of partying, sailing, good company and great fun. The sailing festival is a prominent event on the Asian yacht-racing calendar.
Kathu Festival, or the ‘Kathu Street Culture Festival’, is a more contemporary event compared to other well-known festivals on the island.
Coming to Phuket during April? Then you’re in for a big surprise if you’re here from April 13 to 15.
Once you hear the roar of packs of big bikes rumbling around the hills and highways of Phuket Island, you’ll know that Phuket Bike Week is coming. This annual event is usually set in the month of April and is often organised to coincide with Songkran, Thailand’s biggest festival.
Phuket’s Old Town Festival takes place every year in the island's historic centre. Throughout the event, all roads around the Old Town, including Thalang, Krabi, Dibuk, Phang Nga, Thepkrassatri and Phuket, are turned into walking streets.
Chinese New Year in Phuket is a time when the island enjoys vibrant celebrations, noisy firecrackers, and colourful processions. Excellent shopping bargains abound as Phuket's local Chinese community prepares for its most important festival.
The Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) is one of the most interesting marine showcases in Asia.
Patong Carnival is an annual celebration marking the start of the high season in Phuket.
Every overseas trip will inevitably come with its share of worries and concerns.
Like every country around the world, Phuket has many idiosyncrasies that might seem unusual to first-time visitors to the island.
Loy Krathong is Thailand’s very own ‘festival of lights’. This national event takes place annually on the evening of the 12th lunar month, usually in the first half of November.
Eating insects in Thailand is a typical challenge many travellers often encounter during a night out, particularly in places like Phuket’s Bangla Road and Bangkok’s Khao San Road.
Of the 16 beaches on the west coast of Phuket, at least 8 offer windsurfing facilities.
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is an exciting watersport you can enjoy during your Phuket holiday. The sport was officially recognised and attributed to the Waikiki Beachboys in Hawaii in the 1960s, but it actually dates back thousands of years, when it's practised on most rivers and coastal areas...
Kitesurfing is one of the fastest-growing extreme sports in Phuket. The island has all it takes to be a popular location for many kitesurf enthusiasts. If you're keen on learning this watersport during your holiday, our guide on kitesurfing in Phuket has got you covered.
While surfing in Phuket is not ranked among the absolute best in the world, it's certainly the best in Thailand and should not be dismissed entirely.
Phuket nowadays is a great destination if you want to learn Muay Thai or Thai Boxing. There are many training camps here and they’re open to all genders and ages (usually from 13 years upwards). While most come to train alone, many come with friends or even their spouse.
Surrounded by the Andaman Sea, Phuket offers excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. This guide to scuba diving for beginners is catered to those who are new to this activity but want to see beautiful coral and fish during their holiday.