Best Beach Holidays Phuket
Hotels Near Phuket Beaches
Tourists flock to Phuket on Thailand's south coast because of Phuket's white beaches, near hundreds of beach resort hotels from five star hotels to budget, cheap shopping and eye-opening night life. Phuket makes the list of the world's Best Beach Holidays because of the good quality white beach sand near accommodation that varies from five star luxury to quality budget hotels.
The sand on Phuket's beaches is some of the whitest beach sand in Asia.
It's important to remember that Phuket offers much more than just bars and accommodation near Patong Beach, with beautiful resorts dotting beaches including Kata Beach,
the south and five star resorts around the attractive lagoon at
Tao beach to the north, including the
Sheraton Grande Laguna.
By night, Patong bar girls, pole dancing performances and sex shows, show a sleazier side that some find entertaining, but others find sad. Transvestites come out of the shadows and many Thais try to entice you with glossy brochures of sex shows. Patong at night is also where many older Western men are seen with younger Thai girls, some of whom who have no other way of earning a living. It's not uncommon to hear Westerners abusing older men for their activities.
The explosion of cut price airlines flying to Phuket International Airport means that package holidays to Phuket are reasonably priced and can create the perfect holiday. You can easily stay away from Patong Beach if you don't want crowds, and we highly recommend the picturesque resorts around the lagoon at "Bang Tao Beach" only 20 minutes north. Some of the resorts only 20 minutes south of Patong at "Karon Beach" are also perfect for a relaxing beach holiday.
Accommodation at Nai Thon beach is a little more expensive than accommodation near Nai Thon Beach, a few kilometres inland near the Phuket airport. Nai Thon Beach is one of the world's best beach holiday destinations. Naithonburi beach resort is one of the best 5 star resort hotel accommodation near one of the best Phuket surf beaches. Unfortunately @ 100b per hour free internet was not included. Australian trained Phuket surf lifeguards frequently blow the whistle at the predominantly Russian tourists. Most of the hotel staff are from Myanmar. Bigger surf is at Mai Khao beach near the Sarisan Bridge, north Phuket, where there is only luxury 5 star accommodation or near Nai Harn Beach, Rawai near the southern tip of Phuket.
You'll find stylish five star hotels near the lagoon at Bang Tao Beach. This is a white sandy beach with crystal clear water that features resorts including the Sheraton Grande Laguna, the Banyan Tree and the Laguna Beach Resort. The resorts look over the beach one way and across the lagoon to other resorts on the other side.
The open-air Laguna village markets are a great way to experience local Thai traders selling fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and other cooked food as well as cheap clothes. You can also shop for antiques at Laguna's Canal Village and some of the shops just outside the Laguna entrance.
The other stylish beach is
Karon to the
south of Patong where the Movenpick Resort and Spa is literally the pick of hotels here. The Marina Phuket Resort is good value
at US $170 a night while you'll find great value at the popular
Pacific Club Resort at US $90 a night.
Restaurants Near Phuket Beaches
Nicky's Handlebar at Patong Beach
serves great Thai food at a reasonable price.
If you can handle a bar that features Harley Davidson motorbikes, you'll enjoy the delicious food and friendly atmosphere.
Phuket Thailand is a best beach holiday because the beaches are white, the water is crystal clear in most parts and there's a lot to see and do. If you love resorts and tranquility, go to Bang Tao Beach north of Patong Beach or Karon Beach and Kata beach south of Patong Beach. If you want cheap shopping and to watch your dollar go further, go to Patong Beach for an Asian beach holiday experience near white sandy beaches and palm trees.
Phuket is one of our best beach holidays for scenery and value, but do yourself a favour and stay away from Patong's Bangla Road at night.
Photos of Phuket Thailand.
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Best Phuket beach holiday Thai travel destinations are written by dedicated photo journalists, published and edited by the Best Beach Holidays Travel editor Ben Grummels who was extended kind hospitality byFranz Hofer of the Marriott Vacation Club. Contact Best Beach Holidays to submit your Phuket beach holiday articles.