Why visit Phuket?
Phuket Island is beautiful and awe-inspiring. With a rich history and diverse range of activities, it is fair to say that the beaches are still among the main attractions! It is also a great starting point for exploring the popular islands in the region.
Buddhism is the main religion of Thailand and the Buddhist temples are some of the main attractions on Phuket to both local and international visitors, and there are also some Hindu temples depicting the statues of Ganesha and Brahma, which are well worth visiting.
Being one of the oldest towns in Thailand, Phuket was the main landing spot of the Chinese immigrants and was elevated from a town to a city in 2004. The older buildings in Phuket Town demonstrate this legacy of prosperity — the design and architecture of the town show both European and Chinese influences. The Phuket “Old Town” located closer to Rassada Pier is definitely worth checking out and has been designated a world heritage site.
Travelling to Phuket
Phuket is located approximately 535 miles (862 Km) from Bangkok and is well served by all modes of travel.
When traveling between Phuket and the nearby islands and coastal destinations there is a range of travel options, from the two principal ports in Phuket, Ao Po Pier in the north and Rassada Pier in the South.
Departure times and length of the trips vary greatly based on distance and the number of stops made before reaching the destination. Some of the more popular routes and travel times are as follows, although there are many others that can be searched for through our site:
Traveling To Phuket:
Langkawi, Malaysia — Phuket (Rassada Pier) – 8h30 (10 Stops)
Lipe Island — Phuket (Rassada Pier) 4h45 (2 Stops)
Lipe Island — Phuket (Ao Po Pier) 5h30 (5 Stops)
Lipe Island — Phuket (Rassada Pier) 7h30 (9 Stops)
Traveling From Phuket:
Phuket (Rassada Pier) — Langkawi, Malaysia – 10h (3 Stops)
Phuket (Rassada Pier) — Lipe Island – 7h15 (9 Stops)
Phuket (Ao Po Pier) — Langkawi, Malaysia – 9h45 (6 Stops)
Phuket (Ao Po Pier) — Lipe Island – 7h (12 Stops)
Phuket (Rassada Pier) — Mook Island – 4h15
Must-sees in Phuket
The Big Buddha
Situated at the peak of the Nakkerd Hills, the 45-metre-tall statue is one of the island's most famous and highly visited attractions, and is approximately 6 kilometres from Phuket's main artery route.
Bear in mind that the hardest climbs lead to the best views, as this spectacle offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the island and is sure to be worth the journey.
Known for its nightlife, resorts and hotels, Patong Beach is one of the most popular destinations in Phuket. The night-life is mainly situated down Bangla Road, but there are quieter parts of the town which still hold hundreds of bars and restaurants. If you are looking for a quiet and traditional night out, this would not be the place, as it is a hive of activity glowing with neon lights!