Quick Guide to Phuket

This island off the south west coast of Thailand has come to be a byword for a chilled-out beach escape in stunning sunny surroundings. Holidays to Phuket are popular with everyone from wealthy visitor seeking out the island's most exclusive spots to backpackers after the cheap room rates and idyllic beach life. Offering beach space aplenty and a fantastic cultural mix a Phuket holiday is a great bet for warm weather all year round.

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How to get to Phuket

Phuket holidays are perfect for those who want the exotic location and great weather of a Thai resort. Though UK travellers might find the resort strangely familiar, as Phuket is a popular destination for British expats. Most travellers fly into Phuket International Airport. Typical flight time from London is eleven and a half hours. Downtown Phuket is 32 km from Phuket International Airport, so it is best to organise car hire from Phuket Airport. Cheap Phuket flights are usually available at reasonably short notice.

What to do in Phuket

Cheap holidays in Phuket can be as simple as sitting yourself down by the beach and enjoying the sun, sea and sand. There are many holistic health focused holidays, but others simply find it fun to swim, surf, scuba dive and sail during the day and enjoy the party life at night.

Where to stay in Phuket

Cheap holidays to Phuket are popular with the gap year and backpacking crowd, but that doesn't mean it's one big noisy beach party. Although seasoned travellers will say it's getting more touristy, there are plenty of quiet beauty spots still to be found. Phuket itself has a good deal of budget accommodation with miles and miles of beautiful beaches. Phang Nga Bay boasts fantastic limestone mountains rising out of the sea, with lots of sea caves and virtually deserted beaches. Krabi is superb for exploring the cliffs and little rocky islands. Patong Beach is the most developed area and boasts a lively night life.