Experience the tropical paradise of Phuket
Phuket is Thailand's largest island and has been a popular getaway for tourists since the development of resorts on the west coast of the island back in the eighties. With direct flights from the UK, Istanbul, Dubai and Doha to name but a few, as well as a short hop from Bangkok on daily domestic flights, it has never been easier to reach this slice of paradise.
Located on the west coast of Thailand, Phuket enjoys an idyllic position in the Andaman Sea surrounded by glittering turquoise waters and is characterised by white sandy beaches, swaying palms, and a lush tropical and mountainous centre which sees holiday makers return year after year. Covering a land mass of approximately 576 km², it is incredibly easy to get around and explore what Phuket has to offer.
Most touists are accommodated in the three main resort towns of Patong; the most lively on the island, and Karon and Kata; slightly smaller and more sedate versions of Patong. Surin is also popular with tourists looking for a more laid-back vibe. Picture perfect beaches and vibrant nightlife are mostly to be found on the west of the island but hop over to the east and you will find Phuket Old Town; the island's cultural centre. Here you will find beautifully restored Sino-Portuguese architecture, quaint cafés and boutique shops. This is also the location of the weekend night market where not only can you purchase almost anything your heart desires but you can also satisfy your tastebuds by sampling the tantalising street food options.