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Phuket travel guide

With a mountainous center covered in jungle and fringed by beaches on all sides, Phuket is western Thailand's most popular, and largest island paradise. Beach bums can anchor their toes into any one of the dozens of beaches, divers can feast their eyes on the colorful life below the surface of the Andaman, party animals will be at home in Patong, and backpackers keen for an island-hopping adventure can use Phuket as a jumping off point to dozens of dramatic karst islands nearby. Adventure is just a longtail boat ride away...
A typical Thai boat off the shores of Railay Beach with a moutain in the distance

Get yourself off: Near to Phuket

Phuket is an ideal beach break destination - not only does it have so much going on, it has all of the other most beautiful parts of Thailand within a few hours drive (or sail) away. We hope you have the time, and energy, to take a guided adventure around Khao Sok National Park, cast away to Koh Phi Phi or soak up the chilled vibes on Koh Lanta. Here are our favorite four places which are accessible from Phuket - and you can see them all on one of our Adventure Tours!
a female taking a picture of a cliff from the beach on James Bond Island

Phang Nga Bay

An easy day trip from Phuket, Phang Nha Bay is home to dozens of limestone karst formations, the most insane of which is the towering, top-heavy James Bond Island.
A waterfront beach resort in front of lush forests and mountains

Khao Sok National Park

A three-hour drive inland from Phuket, Khao Sok is home to insane limestone cliffs, turquoise blue lakes surrounded by jungle... and even tigers. Cruise the waters by day and spend the nights on water too, in bamboo cabins.
A line of traditional boats docked off of Railway beach

Railay

Railay, part of the Krabi province, is a two-hour boat ride, or three-hour drive from Phuket Town. Its wacky and wonderful topography is popular with rock climbers, but it's not all about action packed adventure. Haad Phra Nang Beach is regularly voted one of the best in the world. Small enough to walk around, but with endless pocket of paradise to discover. Don't miss the secret (ahem) view point!
A birds eye view of the Chaokoh Phi Phi Hotel And Resort

Koh Phi Phi

Need to escape busy Phuket? Koh Phi Phi, the location of the movie The Beach, and hands down Southeast Asia's most unmissable beach, is a two-hour cruise away. Amazing diving, snorkeling and amazing Instagram opportunities await...

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A woman in a bikini dancing on a Thai beach with two other poeple and cliffs in the distance

Sailing Thailand Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

Stretch your sea legs and prepare for maximum chill time away from Phuket's buzz. On this sailing trip you'll discover secret beaches, Railay's towering cliffs, and tantalizing food aboard a private catamaran.
A female relaxing in a hammock attached to the limb of a tree overhanging a calm sea

Full Moon Island Hopper

We'll take you on 23 days of classic island hopping, with the world's most famous all-nighter thrown in for good measure. You'll meet your guide and fellow travel companions in Bangkok before travelling down to Khao Sok National Park. Then it's on to Thailand's stunning eastern islands, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan where you can party in paradise. Then it's onto Phuket for maximum chill-time, via Railay Beach.

When is the best time of year to visit Phuket?

Like any tropical island, Phuket swings from scorching hot and dry, to rough-watered and rainy throughout the year. From November 'til April, Phuket and all of the rest of the western islands on Thailand's Andaman coast stay hot and dry. Brave it between May and October, and you'll experience a much quieter Phuket - meaning you'll find cheaper places to stay and have the beaches to yourself. September is usually the rainiest month in Phuket.