If you would like to visit Phuket during your stay at either of our luxury villa’s in Pattaya it would involve an internal flight from Bangkok airport and at least an overnight stay but realistically 2 or 3 nights stay. We can organize all your flights, transport and accommodation for your trip and will arrange for you to be collected from the airport and returned to your villa when you want to return to Pattaya.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island covering an area of approx. 900 square kilometers with a length of 48 km and a width of 21 km it is connected to the mainland of Thailand by 2 road bridges.
Phuket is in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s Indian Ocean coastline 862 km south of Bangkok.
Phuket was formerly one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign trader’s ship logs and derived its wealth from tin and rubber.
Now however most of its revenue comes from tourism and although it suffered badly in the Tsunami of 2004 it has now fully recovered with virtually no sign of the damage caused.
The tourist market is very big in Phuket with International and Charter flights coming from many countries and has a large package holiday contingent.
The Airport is in the North of the Island where as most of the beaches are on the West coast with the town of Phuket situated in the South-East of the island.
Phuket is hot and humid throughout the year and has a much higher rainfall than Pattaya with the rainy season lasting much longer. The hot season is generally considered to be from March to early May. With the summer monsoon season being from May to October, although usually mornings and afternoons are still sunny and clear it tends to rain in the evenings and night time.
Locals consider November to February the “cool” season.
There are numerous beaches on Phuket to visit offering different styles of beach life. The major beaches are listed below with a brief description:
Also known as Coral Island is 15 minutes from Chalong Bay. A very beautiful and quiet beach with all facilities you need. Lots of wildlife around with the surrounding rainforest and abundant marine life.
Also known as Laguna Beach is a long and often deserted beach.
Is the location of Phuket Aquarium with loads of marine life to examine up close.
Kalim Beach/Kamala Beach:
These are smaller quieter beaches just to the north of Patong.
Karon and Karon Noi Beaches:
The second most-developed beaches after Patong.
Kata Yai Beach:
Is a busy yet clean tourist beach with good surf for those who like to play in the waves.
Kata Noi Beach:
Is the smaller and quieter version of Kata Yai.
Is a small bay with spectacular views over to Kamala Beach and Surin Beach.
Located near to the airport with the planes landing and taking off but other than that a quiet beach and a long way from anything else.
Nai Han and Ao Sen:
One of my favourite quiet beaches in the south, near Phromthep Cape view point.
Nai Thon and Nai Yang:
Quiet beaches in located in Sirinat National Park.
The largest beach resort in Phuket and known for its bustling nightlife.
Rawai, Mittraphap and Laem Ka:
Departure point for lots of the local islands, popular with locals for eating and relaxing on the beach.
Surin and Pansea Beach:
These beaches are in an up-market area that is expanding rapidly.
There are also dozens of small islands to visit around Phuket and I have listed a few below which have accommodation available.
10 minutes from Rawai, an great day trip for snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.
Also known as Coral Island is about 15 minutes by speedboat from Chalong Bay.
A quiet, mostly Muslim island with a few bungalows for rent.
Koh Mai Thon:
A beautiful little island with only one place to stay which is quite expensive.
Also known as Koh Raya and is divided into two islands the smaller one and the bigger one are both popular with scuba divers and is also good for a relaxing snorkeling trip.
Also known as Koh Si Le or the Sea Gypsy colony which is connected to the mainland by a causeway.
Two islands approx. halfway to Krabi, with four up-market resorts
There are many tourist attractions in Phuket and the region is also very good for sailing around the coastline or to the nearby Islands. Scuba diving and snorkeling are also very good in the area but the visibility falls dramatically during the rainy season. On some of the beaches the waves are also suitable for surfing although not the big breakers that you find in some parts of the world. Patong is the main tourist entertainment district in Phuket with numerous bars, restaurants, hotels and shops and is a very lively destination staying open well into the night.
This article was written by Nam. She works at “Holiday Garden Resort” which is a private road with Luxury Villa’s for holiday rentals in Pattaya, Thailand. Her husband is English and has lived in Thailand for 9 years and has traveled extensively throughout Asia.
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