Holidays to Phuket

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Phuket Holidays Travel Information

Daily flights leave from UK airports to Bangkok with one change to reach Phuket airport.

  • Currency: Thai Baht
  • Time difference: GMT +6
  • Flight time from the UK: 11 hours 30 minutes, plus Phuket transfer
  • Visa: No
  • Language: Thai
  • National drink: Beer
  • National dish: Tom Yam soup

Travel Tips & Advice for Phuket Holidays

Phuket Activities

While in Phuket, don't limit yourself to the pool and the beach, there's plenty to see and do during your stay. Phuket's waters boast a whole new world of stunning marine life, ideal for snorkelling or even scuba diving if you're ready to learn. There are also kayaking and sea canoe tours available around Phuket’s coves, offering a completely new perspective of the island. If you're a dog lover, consider a volunteering experience at Soi Dog Foundation where stray dogs and puppies are rescued, and tourists can help care for the cute canines for the day. There are also thrilling ATV tours available around the island but be sure to check that your travel insurance includes activities like this before signing up and that your guide offers training on how to use the vehicle and protective gear for you to wear.

Phuket Food & Drink

You'll find a range of cuisines available at our resorts, to enjoy come dinner time, but should you wish to try local and authentic Phuket dishes be sure to look out for Tom Yun Goong and Kanum Jeen, two delectable soups available on many menus. Meh Hokkien Noodles are another favourite featuring freshly caught prawns and squid as well as pork, egg and beansprouts stir-fried with thick yellow noodles. For those looking for something sweet, tuck into a banana pancake. These are made fresh by street vendors and can be topped with Nutella, condensed milk or other fruits. To wash it all down, ask for a Phuket Island Beer - this is a pale lager with a refreshing, fruity tang. Street food is typically cheap in Thailand and its islands, so you can grab a bite for very little to enjoy while outside your hotel.

Phuket Attractions

Phuket is perhaps best known as a beach destination with 40 kilometres of powder-soft sand to take your pick of and resorts leading directly onto the shoreline. Patong Beach is one of the most popular, with bars and restaurants situated close by while Kamala Beach is ideal for those looking for a quieter spot with impeccably clean sand and the opportunity to indulge in an authentic Thai massage from the locals. The Sunday Walking Street Market is a must-visit too during your stay. It opens at 4pm and is the ideal spot for picking up souvenirs and sampling tasty street food. The Big Buddha is another of Phuket's popular tourist spots, where you can marvel at the 45-metre high statue and enjoy sweeping views of the island below.

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