Those who visit Phuket for its beaches will be surprised to discover that the small island offers much more than soft sand and warm water.
Often referred to as the ‘Perl of the Andaman’, visitors to Phuket can explore the cultural background of Old Town Phuket, with its elegant Sino-Portugese-style buildings built nearly 100 years ago, and enjoy a vibrant nightlife.
The island of Phuket also has many temples. Most famously, Wat Chalong houses a pagoda that contains the Buddha’s relics.
Travel to Phuket
Air-conditioned and regular buses leave the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok daily.
There are also regular bus services to Phuket from Krabi, Phang-nga, Ko Samui, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ranong, Surat Thani, Satun, Hat Yai and Trang.
Those who may prefer to travel by train from Bangkok can get off at Surat Thani’s Phun Phin Station and catch the local bus to Phuket.
Boat services to Ko Phi Phi and Ko Similan are also available.