Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, and it offers something for everyone.
The white sand beaches are an obvious draw, along with the luxury spa hotels and upmarket resorts.
But there is also Patong beach which offers a party all night vibe with go go girls and bars lining the street.
Phuket also boasts a rich culture with wildlife sanctuaries and national parks situated in the North.
Phuket has an airport which is serviced by both Asian airlines and international flights. There are regular flights daily, and the flights specifically within Thailand are a reasonable price.
We were travelling from Koh Lanta and were able to get a bus and ferry for 600 baht for the 4 hour journey.
We had initially booked to stay at Chusri hotel on Patong beach, however when we arrived they said they didn’t have a room for us.
They arranged for us to stay at an alternative hotel but the reviews were terrible and the manager of the hotel very very rude.
So instead, we booked another hotel. When we arrived they too didn’t have room for us…
We were all pretty fed up by now, we had been walking along time with our backpacks on and we just wanted to shower.
In the end we stayed at BT Inn
This was a cute little hotel, the rooms were spacious and the aircon a life saver. The hostess was also absolutely lovely and made us feel very welcome. Location was great too, close enough to Bangla road that you could easily walk but were able to sleep too!
The only annoying thing was I used the hotel service and all my whites came back pink…
Unfortunately for us we only had 2 nights in Phuket so we were limited on time but we were still able to explore the area around Patong Beach.
The beach is very busy, lots of tourists flock their to sunbathe and enjoy the water. We spent an afternoon here and whilst the beach wasn’t as lovely as some of the others in Thailand it was still pretty.
Phuket has lots of shops and markets dotted all around and it was nice to wonder around them whilst on the way to beach or dinner.
With it being such a popular spot you were able to get a lot of products not available on the smaller islands. This makes it a great place to stock up on things you are running low on.
Phuket gets a bad name as a party town with sleezy bars and go go girls. But I really think if you just take it for what it is you can have a really fun night.
We drank a few beers at our hotel and then headed to Bangla Road. There was so much to see just walking down the street, people doing magic tricks, selling things and girls trying to lure you in.
We decided to go to the Aussie bar for a couple of drinks and some food as it looked like a fairly chilled place. They also had a pool table and aircon so we spent a couple of hours there before moving on.
The rest of the night consisted of bar hoping, hammer bashing, half naked dancers, shots and lots of fun!
It’s not for everyone but if you’re pretty open minded you can have a right laugh on Bangla Road.
Nickys Handle bar
This is a really quirky little restaurant with everything made out of motorbike or car products. Literally everything, including the toilet, sink and taps!
The food is really yummy here, and the milkshakes are so good!
If you have more time:
Visit an elephant sanctuary
Make sure you do your research! Go somewhere they treat the gentle giants kindly.
Phuket big Buddha
Soi Dog foundation
Take a guided tour of the shelter that helps street dogs and stray cats.
Gibbon rehabilitation project
Visit a charity that helps to rehabilitate unwanted or confiscated gibbons from the pet trade.
Old Phuket town
Take a step back in time and visit the old town to see old Thai culture at its best.
Take a boat tour
There are lots of boat tours offering day trips to the likes of Koh Phi Phi and James Bond Island.
Phuket gets a bad name, yes it’s a bit sleazy but if you just go in with an open mind you can have a really fun night out!
Chusri hotel is an absolute joke, avoid at all cost.
The beach is not as lovely as others but still a great spot to nurse a hangover.
Phuket has got so much to do! You will not get bored.