Phuket, the largest and most popular island in Thailand, is known for its stunning selection of irresistible attractions. This island paradise has white-sand beaches, lush tropical forests, majestic limestone formations and a vibrant party scene that draw millions of travelers year after year.

Haven for Water Babies

Beach lovers are spoiled for choice in Phuket. Divers and snorkeling enthusiasts can take their pick among the clear waters of Coral Island, Nai Yang, Similan Islands and Ao Sane beach, among other destinations, and explore the impressive underwater world of the Andaman Sea. Adventurers looking to get stoked by the waves can also visit Phuket’s west coast and go surfing in Kata Yai, renowned for its consistent surf and laid back ambiance.

Phang Nga Bay, comprised of about a hundred islands with magnificent limestone cliffs, striking rock formations and pristine beaches, is another sight to behold and best enjoyed through a day trip cruise. Among the most visited islands here is Khao Phing Kan, now more popularly known as the James Bond Island, having been one of the film locations for the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun.

Phuket Wat Chalong
Photo Credit: jo.sau

Beyond the beaches

Travelers looking to immerse in the island’s heritage should try to visit any of the 29 Buddhist temples spread around Phuket. The most popular of these is the Wat Chalong, which enshrines the statues of Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, Phuket's most revered monks.

Aside from visiting temples, a morning stroll in the Old Phuket Town is also a treat for history buffs. This quarter of the town offers sights of charming Sino-colonial architecture and Thalang Road, Phuket’s former main commercial center where shrines, cafes, private and public museums can still be found.

Adventures in the Andaman Sea, Phuket and Krabi, Thailand, June 2010
Photo Credit: Keegan Govender

Shopping and Nightlife

Phuket is also a haven for serious shoppers. At the Phuket Town Night Market, they can find everything from antique Asian art and handicrafts, to high-quality Thai silk and one-of-a-kind textile. While combing the racks and checking out the wares, they can also sample scrumptious street food as well as exotic eats.

For a complete experience, travelers can also check out the exciting nightlife at Patong beach, where they can take their pick from the entertainment venues, pubs and bars. Banana Disco & Bar is a great place to start.

How to Make This Trip Happen:

-Experience paradise in Phuket and book your flight now with Cebu Pacific, the first and only Philippine carrier that flies direct from Manila to Phuket, with thrice weekly flights for as low as Php 3,499.

-To be the first to know about the latest seat sales, sign up to be a CEB Club member at

-Filipinos can enter Thailand without a visa for up to 30 days if flying in. If you you're crossing a land border, you only get 30 days. Check out this list of passport holders who can enter Thailand without a visa.

This information is updated as of Dec 9,2013

Some images from Tourism Authority of Thailand

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