One week in Phuket

One week in Phuket

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With white sands lining its coast and a neon-lit nightlife, Phuket certainly lives up to its reputation as a boozy, beachy holiday spot. But as Thailand’s largest island with 543 square kilometres to explore, Phuket has plenty to offer travellers hoping to delve into its culture, food scene and lesser-known places. Here’s a guide to help you hone in on the must-see highlights if you have only one week to spend in Phuket.

Travelfish says:
Phuket’s west coast is lined with a dozen large beaches and several small sandy bays — choosing a beach then is a matter of deciding what you want to do on it and how many people you wish to share it with.

Deckchairs come and go... Photo by: Lana Willocks.
Deckchairs come and go... Photo: Lana Willocks

Patong beach is infamously hectic, while Kamala, Kata, Karon and Nai Harn beaches are busy but more family-friendly and low key. The further north you go, the emptier the beaches. Find broad, near-empty stretches of sand from the northern end of Bang Tao to Naithon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao beaches. Smaller beaches like Ao Sane or Banana beach are ideal for a snorkel and sunbathe session with a more ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,100 words.)

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Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.

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Our top 10 other sights and activities in and around Phuket

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Ceramic Kitchen

Enchanted setting

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Phuket Town walking tour

A whole lot of fun

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Phuket by night

A short list of options

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Other things to do on Rawai

From boat trips to horse riding

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Big Buddha, Phuket

A dose of culture with stunning views

Wat Chalong
Wat Chalong

The main temple at Chalong

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Phuket Aquarium

Let's go find Nemo!

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Things to do in northern Phuket

From national parks to catching a wave

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Things to do on Patong

Surfing, snorkelling, bungy and more