Photo: Phuket's Ya Nui beach.

Phuket is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Phuket as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Phuket’s different areas.

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.

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Day 1: Check out a west-coast beach 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 taken in or around One week in Phuket, Phuket, Thailand 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 secluded feel.

At the larger beaches, find surf, SUP and boogie boards for rent or hire a longtail boat for a coastline cruise (avoid the jet-skis). In the evening look out for big trays of freshly caught fish displayed on ice at the open-air restaurants lining the streets for a Thai ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,100 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Popular attractions in Phuket

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Phuket.

What next?

 Read up on where to eat on Phuket.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Phuket.
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