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Phuket Travel Guide

Sometimes, when reality gets too much, you've just got to say "Phuket!" and journey to a place where the drinks are cheap, the beaches are idyllic and the good times just keep on flowing. Phuket is the ideal hub for traveller who want to explore Thailand's southwestern islands: Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi and Khao Sok National Park are all within easy reaching distance. 

Top places to visit near Phuket

Phuket is the ideal beach break destination since it sits in such close proximity to so many other must-see Thailand destinations. Take a guided adventure around Khao Sok National Park, cast away to Koh Phi Phi (the location where The Beach was filmed), or grab a beer and chill on Koh Lanta. Here are our four favourite destinations near to Phuket...
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Koh Phi Phi

When you close your eyes and picture yourself in Thailand, do you see Leo, and hear Moby echoing in your head? This is the place. The Beach! Koh Phi Phi Lei island is the paradise where the original Hollywood blockbuster was filmed, whereas on neighbouring Phi Phi Don, you'll find a buzzing backpacker town, great bars, cheap food and dive centres. 

Khao Sok National Park

A three hour drive inland from Phuket lies a true Thai hidden gem. Khao Sok is home to insane limestone cliffs, turquoise blue lakes surrounded by jungle, floating bamboo cabins you can spend the night in, and incredible wildlife! 
James Bond Island

Phang Nga Bay

Phuket's surrounds have played location to more movies than just The Beach. Phang Nga Bay, otherwise known as James Bond island due to it being the location of one of the Bond films, is a gravity-defying, top heavy karst formation which is easily reachable on a day-trip. 

Railay

Any backpacker worth their salt(y hair) will be able to tell you that the Krabi province, around a two hour drive from Phuket, is a must. Gorgeous little Railay offers more amazing karst formations and crystal clear waters than you could dream of, awesome caves, lookout points and rock climbing, a thriving hostel and bar scene, and Phra Nang beach, regularly voted the best in the world. 

Thailand West Coast island hopping and tours

a scenic view of Phi Phi island's beach and cliffs in the background

Thailand Island Hopper

Sink your toes into the sand and crystal waters of Thailand's best beaches and islands on this three week adventure. Highlights include three days in Bangkok, Railay, Koh Phi Phi, kayaking, caving, a night in floating bungalows in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park, a Thai boxing lesson, Thai massage, viewpoint treks, all-day snorkeling, beach parties in Koh Phangan and BBQs... sold yet?
18 days
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a woman walking through turquoise crystal waters in Koh Phi Phi

Sailing Thailand: Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

An excursion with a difference! Cast away and prepare to be spoiled by the incredible Andaman scenery and amazing staff aboard your catamaran. You'll visit James Bond Island, the amazing snorkeling spots of Monkey Bay, Koh Haa and Koh Maa, Ralay's jaw-dropping beaches, and of course, the daddy of all Thai islands, Phi Phi. 
4 days
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traditional boats docked in a bay in Phuket

Thailand Island Hopping: Phuket to Phuket

Take island hopping to the extreme with this week long tour of the Andaman. This catamaran adventure begins and ends in Phuket and stops off at James Bond Island, unmissable Railay and amazing Phi Phi, plus hidden gems Koh Raja Noi, Koh Haa and Koh Yao Yai. 
7 days
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FAQ - Travel in Phuket

How can I get to Phuket?

Phuket is a popualar holiday destination in its own right, so it's really easy to find flights that head straight to this part of Thailand from pretty much anywhere in the world - many of them have a short transit in Bangkok. If you're already in Thailand, you can take advantage of the country's cheap transport network of busses, ferries and catamarans to hop from island to island.

When is the best time of the year to travel to Phuket?

Like any tropical island, Phuket swings from scorching hot and dry, to rough-watered and rainy throughout the year. From November 'til April, Phuket and all of the rest of the western islands on Thailand's Andaman coast stay hot and dry. Brave it between May and October, and you'll experience a much quieter Phuket - meaning you'll find cheaper accommodation and have the beaches to yourself. September is usually the rainiest month in Phuket.