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Destination guide

Phuket Province – tropical Thailand at its bustling best

Phuket, Thailand's largest island, is known locally as "the pearl of the Andaman", and is renowned all over the planet for its surreal limestone peaks, lush tropical forests, dazzling white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. The broader Phuket Province also encompasses 32 smaller islands, some of them completely uninhabited. Whatever your idea of a good time, you'll find it here. Visitor hotspots like Patong boast modern shopping malls and alluringly hedonistic nightlife, while coastal villages like Kamala offer an altogether more tranquil experience. Phuket Province holiday rentals range from simple studios to ostentatious family-size apartments, so you're sure to find something that caters to your every need.

Things to do

Hollywood icons and animal encounters

Phang Nga Bay, with its gravity-defying rock formations, is among Phuket's most distinctive beauty spots. A highlight for many is James Bond Island, made world-famous by its appearance in the classic movie "The Man With the Golden Gun". It juts out like an obelisk from the turquoise water. For an enthralling glimpse of Phuket's distinctive seafaring culture, head to Rawai, a picturesque village that's long served as a base for a nomadic fishing community. And if you fancy admiring the province's ocean-dwellers without getting wet, head to Phuket Aquarium, where you can get up close and personal with stately sea turtles, slithering eels, sleek sharks and all manner of other captivating creatures.

Activities

Aquatic adventures in Phuket

Phuket's blissfully warm tropical waters are ideal for all manner of aquatic activities. The province is renowned as one of the best scuba-diving destinations on the planet, with easily accessible coral reefs, which you'll invariably find teeming with colourful tropical fish, other-worldly rays and harmless leopard sharks. Meanwhile, more experienced divers can plummet deeper to explore mysterious shipwrecks. If you'd rather take in the natural spectacle above the water, you can explore the coastline by sea kayak or stand-up paddle board. And if all of that sounds too much like hard work, you can simply lounge around on the sand with a colourful cocktail in hand.

Weather

Stave off the winter blues in perpetually sun-kissed Phuket

Phuket's sensational tropical climate ensures sizzling heat throughout the year. However, Phuket Province holiday rentals are in particularly high demand during the idyllic dry season of December to March, when holidaymakers flee the chilly northern hemisphere for some much-needed winter sun. At most other times of year, you can expect a fair amount of rain, but this tends to fall in short, sharp bursts, so you can still expect to enjoy plenty of beach time. If your travel dates are flexible, September and October are perhaps best avoided, as these are the wettest and most humid months.

Natural features

Jaw-dropping jungle adventures in Phuket Province

Phuket Island's most popular resorts may be heavily developed, but other parts of the province remain blissfully unspoilt. Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is a spectacular swathe of virgin rainforest. Tread softly as you explore, and you may catch a glimpse of darting deer, cheeky monkeys, tusked wild boars or even an elusive Malayan sun bear. Another highlight for many trekkers is a refreshing splash underneath the cascading Ton Sai waterfall.

How many holiday rentals are available around Phuket (province)?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,839 holiday lettings around Phuket (province). From 5 villas to 5 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.