Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is everyone’s first stop after Bangkok, and for good reason! It’s a great stop for beautiful beaches, snorkeling and diving.

How To Get There…

Direct flights into Phuket come from many different countries in SE Asia (and Bangkok if you’re laying over). From the airport, Patong is a 1 hour drive. It’s best to arrange transport with your accommodation, as the taxi drivers in Thailand are a bit sketchy.

Where To Stay…

Point Yamu By Como:

A 40-minute drive from Phuket airport, if you’re looking for the ultimate getaway escape, this is your place. This hotel has everything you could ever want, a spa, 3 different restaurants (the Thai Restaurant is amazing!) and pure serenity. Do note that the hotel is far away from all the other attractions, so I wouldn’t advise staying here unless you just want to relax. $222USD/night

Point Yamu By Como Website

BYD Lofts Boutique Hotel & Serviced Apartments:

THE place to stay in Patong Beach, as it’s close to nightlife, but still an outstanding property. $105USD/night.

BYD Lofts Website

Amari Phuket:

Another favorite spot in Phuket, located on the beach, but a bit further away from the city centre (20 minute walk). $96USD/night

Amari Phuket Website

Nap Patong:

More budget friendly and still centrally located, close to nightlife and the beach. $54USD/night

The Nap Patong Website

Where To Eat…

No 9 2nd Restaurant:

Great prices and delicious traditional Thai food.

No 9 2nd Restaurant Website

Halfway Inn: 

Arugably one of the best Thai restraints in Phuket, you must go here at least once.

Halfway Inn Restaurant Website

Baan Rim Pa Patong:

For a more luxurious meal, this place offers great ambiance with traditional Thai food.

Baan Rim Pa Patong Website

Breeze At Cape Yamu:

If you’re staying at Point Yamu By Como and are tired of their restaurants, Breeze is great for dinner (and just down the street)! The chef came out and personally spoke with us, we had such an incredible meal!

Breeze Restaurant Cape Yamu Website

Thai Food Favorites…

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Thai food is AMAZING, but beware, they like spice! You can always ask for little or no spice. The best Thai dishes are Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry), Pad Thai (Thai Style Fried Noodles), Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry), Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad), Tom Cha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup-my favorite!), Pad Krapow moo Saap (Fired Basil and Pork), and Yam Nua (Spicy Beef Salad).

What To Do…

John Grey Sea Canoe:

Name of Excursion: Hong By Starlight

Cost: Adult $3950Baht ($113USD), Children under 12 $1975Baht ($56USD), Infants 6 and under FREE

*Cost includes transport to/from accommodation in Phuket and lunch/dinner on the boat*

Duration: 10 hours

What To Bring: Towel, bathing suit, dry & warm clothes for the way back, sunglasses, sunscreen, dry bag, hat

Revel in the beauty of sea cave exploring and hidden lagoons through Phnag Na Bay with your own personal guide paddling you in your own private canoe along the way. The food on the boat is surprisingly delicious. If you only do one thing in Phuket that I tell you, DO THIS! This was the highlight of our trip to Phuket.

John Gray Sea Canoe Website

Day Trip To Phi Phi Island:

Company: Phuket Sail Tours

Cost: Adult $3,900Baht ($111USD), Child Age 4-12 $2,000Baht ($57USD)

Although I recommend staying on Phi Phi, if you’d like to do a day trip and see Maya Bay/other famous sites, it will have to be by speedboat, and this family owned company is amongst the best.

Phuket Sail Tours Website

Bangla Road:

THE party street in Patong, lined with bars and clubs. Don’t take children after dark.

Bangla Street Phuket Website

Naka Market:

No trip to Thailand is complete without a night market visit. Here you can find souvenirs, local street food, and other various items.

Naka Market Website

TIPS:

The Thai currency is the Baht.

BE SURE to bargain at all markets and with all tuk tuk drivers.

Beware of pickpockets, always watch your belongings.

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