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Phuket City travel guide

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You're Going to Love Phuket

This island paradise in Thailand will surprise you with its hidden delights. The varied geography of Phuket allows for beautiful scenery and a wide range of activities. Forested hills, mangroves, and beaches can be freely explored, so there's always a quiet corner to discover away from the tourist centers.

The beaches on the northwest coast are mostly deserted, with deep water and often wild waves. Further down the west coast lie the most popular beach resorts. Bang Tao and Kamala offer a quiet atmosphere with small bars, shops, and restaurants. A little further south is Patong, the busiest resort town on the island. As you head toward the south coast, Karon, Kata, and Rawai have a lively, small town feel; relaxing but still with plenty to do. The east coast offers authentic cuisine in seaside restaurants and stunning mangrove scenery.

From laid-back reggae bars to exquisite dining venues, Phuket has nightlife options to suit everyone. Balmy nights in bustling Patong offer shopping, dining, drinking, and entertainment. In the more quiet areas you'll get to know your friendly bar workers well and enjoy the cozy vibe.

A more reflective atmosphere can be discovered in the many Buddhist temples around the island. Visitors are welcome to wander the grounds and ornate buildings that often house sacred Buddha statues. Special events and festivals held throughout the year offer a glimpse into local culture.

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When to Visit Phuket

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Weather-wise the best time to visit Phuket is between November and April - this is generally the dry season. The Christmas and New Year period is the busiest time of year. May to October is monsoon - or rainy - season, with the heaviest rain between July and September.

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How to Get to Phuket

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Where to Stay in Phuket

When deciding where to stay in Phuket you should consider the kind of vacation you would like. Do you enjoy being in the heart of all the action, just minutes from everything you need? Or do you prefer peace and quiet with the option to travel to see the sights? Patong has global hotel chains, such as Marriott, Holiday Inn and Novotel, as well as independent Thai hotels of all grades. There are private villa rentals available everywhere that offer a home away from home and optional extras, such as hot tubs and personal chefs. Luxury villas in Phuket include Villa Padma and Villa Paradiso, while standard villas include Villa Sea View and Villa Emere.

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Shopping Streets

Patong is the shopping capital with a large mall, Jungceylon, and hundreds of small stores and market stalls. Prices can be negotiated at stalls, but check out the mall prices first to avoid being overcharged. The weekend night market in Phuket Town has the best bargains for clothes and gifts. Shopping prices in Phuket range from ฿100 for knick-knacks into the thousands for genuine designer gear.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets include Big C, Tesco Lotus, Tops, and Villa Market, and prices are equivalent to the US. There are also smaller grocery stores that stock all the essentials, and in most areas there is an abundance of 7/11 stores for snacks and drinks. Local markets are held either daily or weekly and sell the freshest produce at lower prices, around ฿20-50.

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Where to Eat in Phuket

For Thai food, it is generally best to eat where the locals do, for the most authentic flavors and varied menus; head to small restaurants inland from the west coast beaches and seafood restaurants along the east coast to dine on sumptuous local fare. In standard hotels and tourist-focused restaurants, the flavors tend to be toned down to appeal to as many visitors as possible. In high-end hotels and the main beach resorts, there are excellent eateries serving global cuisine from Indian to Italian and everything in between. La Gritta at Amari Phuket and Mom Tri's Kitchen at Villa Royale are among the most popular. Prices vary widely from ฿30 to over ฿3,000.