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A tropical haven amid the Andaman Sea: our travel guide to Phuket


18 July, 2022


28 December, 2022

Framed by the emerald green waters of the Andaman Sea, Phuket is an idyllic island characterised by its tropical beaches, lush rainforests, and bustling local towns. The attractions here are wonderfully unique and varied - it’s not every day you get to spend your afternoon basking in the sunshine with elephants before heading into the city for a taste of Phuket’s world-renowned nightlife.

Adventure seekers will find plenty to discover amid the lush greenery of the Kathu and Phanom districts. Hidden among their dense foliage are a series of magnificent waterfalls, accessed by scenic hiking trails that guide you far off the beaten track - guaranteed to satisfy your inner explorer. Foodies, on the other hand, will delight in the streets of Phuket City - lined with a dizzying array of stalls and eateries, each with their own unique spin on classic Thai cuisine. Whatever your tastes and interests, Phuket is sure to satisfy.

From buddhas to beaches

Steeped in natural beauty and rich in history, the lush landscape of Phuket holds many interesting attractions. One of the most famous is The Big Buddha, a huge 45-metre-tall Buddha statue towering above the trees in Nakkerd Hill. Covered in brilliant white Burmese marble, this impressive symbol of peace has become quite the icon. Visitors can take the trek up to see the statue in all its glory, with the gentle tinkle of bells and the low hum of dharma music to set the scene.

Bordering on the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is another attraction that draws crowds at all times of the year. A dedicated rehabilitation centre for sick, injured, and elderly elephants, profits from visitors help to provide ongoing veterinary care and food for these beautiful creatures. Book an afternoon session and you’ll get the opportunity to feed the elephants before they head over to their cosy night shelters.

Relaxing beach days are best spent on Kata Beach, set within the Mueang Phuket District. Less than a mile long, yet still considered to be one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, its crystalline waters and soft sands provide the perfect setting for a day of bathing and swimming.

Last but not least, a visit to Promthep Cape should definitely be on your must-see list. Easily one of the most photographed locations on the whole island, this scenic cape attracts an array of visitors in the early evening hours - all waiting for the sun to descend and set the sky alight with shades of pink, purple, and orange.

Take a stroll through the streets of Phuket

While you’re in the city, be sure to take a wander down the streets of Old Phuket Town. Its colourful shop fronts have been impeccably preserved in their Sino-colonial architectural style, offering a glimpse of what life was like on the island in the late 19th century. With everything from artisanal ice cream to independent coffee shops, there’s plenty to keep you busy here.

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Phuket’s lively atmosphere is by visiting the Sunday Walking Street Market. To avoid everyone wandering around in the midday heat, most of the island’s markets don’t get started until the sun has gone down. Hosted every Sunday, this particular market gives you the chance to pick up some local crafts and secondhand goods - from clothing to traditional street food.

Discover the rich flavours of Thailand

The One Chun Cafe & Restaurant

Fragrant curries, noodle soups and aromatic rice dishes are part and parcel of Thai cuisine - and where better to experience the true flavours of the region than Phuket itself? The One Chun Cafe & Restaurant is among the very best when it comes to sampling authentic Southeast Asian food. Set within a traditional colonial-style building in Phuket Town, it serves a vibrant array of southern Thai dishes such as curried crab, pad thai, and grilled tofu. Its laid back atmosphere is perfect for a relaxed lunch before heading back into Phuket’s bustling streets.

Jaras Restaurant

Nestled among the pine trees of Kamala Beach, the elegant Jaras Restaurant is a wonderful choice for evening meals. A celebration of modern Thai flavours, each dish has been expertly composed by the talented Chef de Cuisine, Mr. Chatchawan Varahajeerakul. The restaurant has a firm ‘farm to plate’ ethos - all ingredients are sourced from local and regional organic farms.

Age Restaurant

Sporting a sultry colour palette and excellent menu, Age Restaurant offers an outstanding dining experience. Specialising in succulent steaks and fresh seafood, dishes can be paired from a selection of over 350 wines from their glass cellar. If it sounds like a little too much choice, there’s no need to worry - the restaurant’s expert sommelier will do the hard work for you.


Wine aficionados will want to make a special trip to the Vero Italian Trattoria and Wine Bar in the Thalang district. This classy establishment boasts gorgeous sea views from the outdoor patio - the perfect pairing to your well-earned glass of red.

The onefinestay experience

At onefinestay, we offer a range of exclusive concierge services to make sure your holiday is as unforgettable as it should be. There’s no need to worry about arranging transfers or car rentals - we do the hard work for you before your arrival. We can also offer individual experiences, including in-house spa treatments and private chef services for an intimate dining experience with your family. Your personal concierge will take you through these options when you book with us.

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