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Phuket is one of the most popular resorts among Russians, not only in Thailand, but throughout Southeast Asia. In addition to the picturesque nature, convenient infrastructure and beautiful beaches for every taste, it is very convenient to have an international airport where you fly direct flights from Russia. Perhaps, for someone else’s taste is even more there are secluded and even more picturesque beaches in Thailand other islands, but it’s not necessary to take a ferry to Phuket and almost to any hotel taxi takes you from the airport for 20-50 minutes

The content of the article

  • 1 Preparing for the trip
    • 1.1 Description of the resort and why go to Phuket
    • 1.2 Which beach to choose
    • 1.3 How to choose a hotel or home
    • 1.4 How to get to Phuket
    • 1.5 Climate and weather in Phuket
  • 2 Upon arrival on the island
    • 2.1 How to get to your hotel
    • 2.2 What to see from the sights
    • 2.3 Where to eat, in which cafes
    • 2.4 On-site transport
  • 3 Phuket Map

Preparing for the trip

Description of the resort and why go to Phuket

Phuket is the most popular resort in Thailand because it has an international airport where direct flights from Russia. Flight + taxi to the hotel – and now you’re on vacation! Also on Phuket is easily accessible from the mainland by bus or car. He though an island, but a bridge leads to it from the mainland, not like Samui, where it is necessary sail by ferry for 2 hours. Thus, Phuket is the most convenient resort in terms of transport accessibility.

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Phuket’s nature and beaches are beautiful and diverse. They are so a lot that everyone can find a beach to his taste, from the party and noisy to secluded and quiet. Of course, Phuket is pretty big. island and urbanized, so lovers of complete lack civilization and wildlife will not like it here. Like it or not, but most areas of the beach are small cities, and on central roads is very active traffic and traffic jams happen But the island has all the services that only may be in Thailand. There is always something to see and where to go: many restaurants and cafes for every taste, beautiful hilly landscapes and tropical nature, noisy parties in Patong and Caron, colorful evening shows, boat trips and surfing. Phuket surround one of the most beautiful in the world of national parks: Phi Phi, Similans, Surin, Phang-Nga, Khao Sok, where you can take excursion.

Phuket is also great for families with children. Not necessary to torture the child with long movements to the resort, it is full here supermarkets and shopping centers, which can be useful when you go with a child, full of hotel-apartments with several bedrooms, kitchen and communal pool. One of the highlights is the island International level hospitals, God forbid ill. Well Finally, there are small beaches suitable for children.

Phuket Island - the most popular resort in Thailand Phuket Island - the most popular resort in Thailand

Phuket Island – the most popular resort in Thailand

Which beach to choose

The best beach in Phuket is the traditional holivar theme on the forums. In fact, they are all good in their own way, it all depends on what specifically you need. The most party and noisy place with the richest the choice of housing for every taste and budget, with the best infrastructure – This is a fun and youthful Patong, although the beach there is dirty. Also popular, but with a little fewer people, more calm and clean – Karon and Kata. Karon is generally one of the best. beaches in my opinion. If you want even less people, but with This is surrounded by luxury hotels, then Kata Noi, there are mainly only expensive hotels. All these 4 beaches follow each other interrupted by hills, and are most famous on the island.

In principle, no one bothers to live on the same Patong, in the epicenter civilizations, and go swimming to the nearby beaches. Many and do, take a bike for rent (or tuk-tuk / taxi) and then you all the beaches are open and there is always something to do. Or you can settle between the beaches of Karon and Kata, then both beaches will be on foot accessibility (a very good option, I think). Yes, even before Kata Noi can be reached. This is convenient, as there will always be 3 beaches in disposal, given that Kata has more neighbors ebb.

If you want smaller beaches and areas, you can consider Surin, Knighton and Kamala. Listed in descending order of beauty. Again in your opinion. But, of course, this is all about.

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Winterers prefer the Rawai, Chalong and Bang Tao areas. First two are on the east side of the island, and there are some hotels, but there is a lot of housing for the monthly surrender. A swim ride will have on the beach Nai Harn. He is good and I really like it, but an ordinary vacationer next to him will live awkwardly, few hotels and infrastructure, save only rented bike. On Bang Tao too full of houses for rent, and the beach within walking distance. But the beach is not too deep, and the area is a little village, so not all love him

Patong Beach - the most crowded and noisy Patong Beach - the most crowded and noisy

Patong Beach – the most crowded and noisy

How to choose a hotel or house

Phuket is just a huge choice of housing for every taste and a wallet, ranging from large and chic beach resorts, to small budget guesthouses in 3-story buildings. Is logical which is not in season, housing prices are lower than in the peak season. And if in summer you can afford to come to Phuket without hotel reservation and look for something in place (although this is inconvenient and time consuming), then for the months around the new year, you must book in advance. Itself faced it somehow, in January remained, or very expensive hotels, or low rated.

First of all, I recommended choosing a hotel, tied to the beach. First you decide on the beach, and then look for a hotel on it. I’d did just that. But I do not insist.

The largest number of hotels – in Patong. And it is there most budget proposals. The area is big and if you live somewhere on the 4-5 line or from the edge of the beach, then there is quite inexpensive there are hotels. On the Caron as a whole, housing is more expensive and it is full of beach Resorts with large territories. Kata is something average for the price. between Patong and Caron. Although all this convention.

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As I said, Bang Tao and Rawai have a good selection of houses in rent for a long time, from a month and more. Phuket Homes range from simple little ones in the middle of a Thai village to good ones solid houses in protected villages with a swimming pool and luxury villas behind a high fence. Accordingly, house prices also vary.

You have only 2 options, how to rent a house / apartment in Thailand: through a realtor or independently on the spot. Last thing very much to the amateur. Believe, combing the streets for several days in a row in 30-degree heat, not for everyone, you can rest are driving.

I recommend to book accommodation in advance through a realtor. You avoid unnecessary trouble in an unfamiliar country. Than before refer, the better option will get. Send me a request, I have her I will send to a proven person whom I trust myself. And then in The last time scam has become a lot.

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How to get to Phuket

Since there is an international airport on Phuket, where from Russia, and direct scheduled flights, and charters, then getting to The island is very convenient. From Asian countries and other regions of Thailand Phuket (for example, from Bangkok) is also easily accessible from local airlines such as AirAsia, Nok Air and Lion Air. Also a good price is offered by the Vietnamese airline. VietJet Air on the Bangkok-Phuket route, you can also check it out. In order not to go through all the sites, you can first check everything on Aviasales. The same applies to flights from Russia, initially better. just look in the search engine tickets, all airlines are there there is.

Phuket is connected to the mainland by a bridge, so come to the island can be on any transport by land, including long-distance Bus, car and part of the way can be overcome even by train. Absolutely all the ways to get to Phuket I described in detail in post how to get from Bangkok to Phuket.

Climate and weather in Phuket

Phuket is located in the very south of Thailand, close to the equator. Almost all year round there is hot, wet weather. At night air temperature all year round fluctuates around 24-28 C, in the afternoon – 30-33 C. The temperature of the water in the sea is also quite stable at throughout the year: about 28 C and slightly higher, up to 30 with a little. what changing throughout the season? First, the number of clear / cloudy days and rainfall. Phuket has the least rainfall December to early March, this is the highest season. Next begins the hottest season.

May be called the hottest month. But by and large the whole spring is very hot. In the summer and autumn in Phuket, frequent tropical showers. The rainiest months are June-September. But also in October-November rains are quite frequent. Phuket Air Humidity and so high all the time, and in the rainy months it becomes above.

The second factor is the waves at sea. Waves on the west coast Phuket (where most of the popular beaches are located) start at March and subside only towards the end of autumn. Some beaches of Phuket popular with surfers precisely because of the large and strong waves with spring to autumn.

Another minus of the “rippling” sea – waves and wind to the shore nails trash and dirt. Of course, the sea in Phuket itself does not so dirty as we say in Pattaya, but large debris coupled with waves and sand is still not a very pleasant combination. Waves on Phuket subsides by the season – by the end of November.

Upon arrival on the island

How to get to your hotel

The airport is located in the northern part of the island, and all the beaches and hotels south of it. There are two ways to get to your hotel: public transport (minibus, bus) or taxi. Minibas sent to fill and delivers all in a row in turn, not always approaching the door of the hotel, and dropping off where it is more convenient for him. The cost depends on the distance of the beach and is 150-200 baht. there is still a city bus to Phuket Town and Patong, but it goes several times a day, travel longer and cost 120 baht. Read more about all options, how to get from Phuket airport.

Faster and much more comfortable to get to the hotel by taxi. Him can be taken both on the spot upon arrival and ordered via the Internet in Kiwitaxi. If you want as much as possible without any problems, then book in advance to be met with a sign, put in a car and brought straight to the hotel. In general, prices are about the same as for Fix price in place. Will all 500-1000 baht per car in depending on the distance of the beach, not the money that makes sense save on vacation.

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I always use transfers to test their quality. Here is my review of Kiwitaxi. It was in Phuket. I understand in principle is not a problem to take a taxi, but as I said, the way simplifies the trip. Service in Russian, write in Vtsap, there is support, you can request a child seat, which is never in ordinary taxis.

What to see from the sights

Phuket attractions are mostly natural, there are probably no historical palaces and monuments. Tourists in mostly entertaining something and a few places “Mast-si”: Big Buddha, viewing platforms with beautiful views (Kata-Karon, Promtep Cape, Rang Hill), Wat Chalong Temple Complex, traditional elephant rides, shows with different exotic animals, rubber, latex, etc. In Phuket There are several grand shows: Fantasia, Siam Niramit, Aphrodite, etc.

Phuket also has a zoo, an aquarium, a botanical park, waterfalls, small modern and historical museums, arenas with Thai boxing, flying on a troll, all sorts of cabar ets and other night shows for adults, a beach with airplanes – there is enough entertainment for any taste. And for families with children, you can choose, and for seekers adventures.

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The most popular excursions in Phuket mainly, or sightseeing around the island, including with a stop at all farms and shops, either sea – just boat trips or tours to the most beautiful tropical islands – Phi Phi and other smaller, as well as in National Marine Park Similan Islands and Surin. Around Phuket has many places for fishing, diving, snorkeling. On a little bit further excursions can go either north to Phuket, either south. To the north is Khao Sok National Park and the lake Cheo Lan, as well as a good resort of Khao Lak. South of Phuket is Krabi province, which also has a lot to see: waterfalls, hot springs, very beautiful little lakes in the jungle

Where to eat, in which cafe

Of course, there are a huge number of cafes and restaurants in Phuket, and since tastes do not argue, everyone has their own options for the best places and all true. But if you still try to make some kind of rating, it is necessary to take into account that the best restaurants are not only delicious food, but also a good view, atmosphere, beautiful interiors.

With views of Phuket everything is in order – there are hills from where It offers a great view of the island and the sea, especially at sunset. BUT there are just beach cafes under palm trees and on terraces by the water. Of overlooking restaurants, visitors are praised: Tunk Ka, 360 Degrees, Diavolo, Versace and Heaven. All of them are on a hill. If a go from Kata beach to the observation platform of Kata-Karon, on the pass There is a place with democratic cafes under umbrellas. The food there is ordinary, but the beautiful view and atmosphere is contemplatively relaxed. AND separately mention the Russian restaurant Veranda, if you want something native to eat.

The largest selection of cuisines and dishes from around the world can be found in large shopping centers: Jung Ceylon and Central Festival. More on Phuket popular show format + dinner. it theater-restaurant Palazzo and some shows of the type of fantasy.

With live music, Naiharn has a pretty Palau restaurant. Fish. From restaurant you will find the restaurant Krachang Floating. Generally more total floating seafood restaurants are located on the east coast Phuket They have the freshest seafood and a great selection.

Another of the popular restaurants can be noted Mom Tris Kitchen right on the beach and Istanbul Restaurant (both places on Kate), EAT. bar& grill on Karon and Sizzle Rooftop Restaurant on Patong.

On-site transport

Most of the visitors rent a bike (scooter) from local and riding on the island on them. This is not entirely safe, especially if you feel insecure even on a bicycle (by the way, a bicycle you can also take). Left-hand traffic here, local on bikes sometimes go quite thoughtlessly and chaotically. However – this is the most a popular form of movement among foreigners, still a public transport is not very convenient. Price 200-300 baht / day.

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You can also rent a car, it’s much safer, Especially if you have a few people or have a child. Although the machine not so nimble and sometimes it will have to stand in traffic jams, their Enough for Phuket. However, air conditioning, a large trunk and the opportunity to travel 200 km to the nat parks to the mainland is compensated all the cons.

I recommend to take from international distributors of world renown, so as not to bother with searching for rent among local and non Is there a normal agreement on the topic, is there insurance, and whether to dilute the scratches afterwards. The cost of cars on average 800-1200 baht per day. The cost depends on the class of car and number of days. Small private owners have exactly the same prices, so don’t you will lose The only caveat, take through the service Economybookings, it is always cheaper in it than directly; always just doing it. My detailed post about all the nuances rent.

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Taxi here too, but the prices are not very. So let’s say not on everyday. Drive from the airport and then from it, go once in a restaurant on the nearby beach – for this, indeed, it is easier to take taxi on the street, transfer online or taxi through the application Grabtaxi. But here, if frequent trips are planned, then IMHO only bike or car rental.

Roads in Phuket are not organized in an ideal way, including because of the relief of the island – the terrain is quite mountainous. Public transport, songteo, runs mainly through Phuket Town, between some beaches can be reached only with a change in the capital islands. This is not very convenient. Taxi drivers enjoy weak high level of public transport and prices. Besides taxi cars within the beach or short distances between tuk-tuks drive along nearby beaches – motorcycles with an attached car with benches. On the big popular beaches there are still small red cars with benches in the back, something in between tuk-tuk and songteo. Phuket has two bus stations, the old one and new. There is also a Songteo bus between them. From the airport it is possible to the old bus station, and from the new buses go long distance throughout Thailand.

The pink color ponies run around the city, and beyond blue. Journey to Songteo costs from 10 baht (in the city) to 25 and even 50, if you go far. On the beaches of Karon and Kata, for example, travel from Phuket Town is 30 baht, and the journey time is an hour and a half.

From Patong to Songteo can only be reached in Phuket Town, as well as with Rawai, Nai Harn. Kamala, Surin, Bang Tao are also associated with other beaches only through Phuket Town. If you need for example with Surin to Patong, you will have to make a transplant. With this songteo often crowded, and in Phuket Town and on popular beaches there are traffic jams. Also on the ultimate in Phuket Town (Ranong Road) songteo very long standing, collecting passengers. All this makes public transport in Phuket inconvenient to use.

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