The island of Phuket is a popular tropical destination in Thailand, home to many quality resorts, beach clubs, spas and beach-side restaurants. The beautiful island is covered by rainforest to the east, white sandy beaches to the west and is so large that it is sometimes easy to forget you are on an island. The city of Phuket is home to many fascinating markets, museums, zoos and temples and visitors can enjoy delicious food, a lively atmosphere and beautiful weather all year round. There are massage tables, recliners, hammocks and manicures on offer all along the beautiful beaches, while a little closer to town, high-class spa services offer visitors a very luxurious way to relax and unwind on their holiday. The beaches also offer an interesting selection of nightlife from clubs and bars for dancing to relaxing dining options that are perfect for watching the waves sunset.
Visitors to Phuket often come for the luxury and relaxation the beaches and spas offer, but there are also many exciting and fascinating activities to do away from the beach. The Thalang National Museum offers an insight into the country's history, while the trick-eye museum is somewhere that will amuse kids and adults alike. It is easy to explore the city on foot, but for ventures further away, a Tuk Tuk is a cheap and easy form of transport here.
From open-air markets and street stalls to high-end boutiques and malls, Phuket is a shopper's paradise. Traditional handicrafts from the market make great gifts for loved ones back home and some Thai art is a great reminder of your trip. Visitors can find everything from labelled clothing to handcrafted jewellery at one of the mega-malls, so be sure to bring a suitcase with extra room.
There are many resorts and 4 star hotels in Phuket that are a great option for those who want everything on-site and taken care of. The Holiday Inn Resort is just steps away from the beach, has an on-site pool with swim-up bar and offers apartments and suites for families or those who would like a bit of extra space. The quieter Yama hotel offers gorgeous mountain and beach views, spa, a complimentary beach shuttle, Jacuzzi and all-day dining. The helpful and friendly staff can also help you arrange transport and tours.