As you can expect, there is no easy answer because everyone has different lengths of annual leaves, different budgets or live at different distances. If you live far away from Phuket, it is better to stay longer, mainly to recover from jet lag.
We conducted a few surveys based on visitors past experiences, and the verdict was interesting. A good summary of how long people stayed in Phuket is as follow:
The minimum stay in Phuket is usually 4 days.
We recommend between 10 days to 2 weeks for a great holiday in Phuket.
If you have a few extra days to spare while you're in Thailand, or are living here and looking for an interesting place to go for 2–3 days, consider one of these great side trips from Phuket.
If you like adventure tour,original jungles experience suited in the north of Thailand hill tribes and breathtaking pristine scenery. Northern Thailand shares borders with Myanmar and Laos, so you can have a visa-free one day visit crossing the countries.
Beyond Phuket ,Southern Thailand is the paradise for a tropical escape tour. The area includes Thailand's most famous resorts on both the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, and the east-facing Gulf of Thailand coast. There are thousands of beaches and islands for you, from luxury to budget, from busy to original, from temple sightseeing to island hopping activites. Be sure to enjoy as many of these amazing destinations in Southern Thailand as possible.
Phuket is indeed touristy, but also has nice, quiet and less visited spots and you can really do a lot on this island. It is best to rent a scooter and explore the island on your own.
chill on the beach
Visit the temples
Cruise Phang Nga Bay
Islands Escaping tours to Koh Phi Phi/Similan islands.
Learn to cook traditional Thai food
Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park
Stop at the Thalang National Museum
Enjoy the viewpoints
Explore some waterfalls
The most popular section of the island, Patong offers the widest selection of places to eat, drink, shop, and stay, but some visitors are solely attracted by the rowdy (and, often, sleazy) nightlife. Closer to the airport is the expansive and more recently developed region of Bang Tao, where many of the upmarket resorts face a lovely stretch of uncrowded beach, while other hotels are clustered around isolated manmade lakes.
Not far south of Bang Tao, Kamala is delightfully low-key, somehow retaining the feel of a fishing village. Close to Patong but far quieter and less congested, Karon does lack character, though the range of resorts is impressive and many are wonderful for families. Just down the coast from Karon are the enchanting and serene coves of powdery-white sand called Kata Yai and Kata Noi. Easy to miss between Kamala and Bang Tao, Surin is a petite cove that is becoming increasingly developed, yet maintains an intimacy and charm rarely seen elsewhere.
There are many ways you can choose to arrive.By Flight,The Phuket International Airport is the second busiest airport of Thailand after the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. There are two terminals in the airport; Terminal 1 is used for international flights while Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights. Well connected to Bangkok,Chiangmai,and other international cities.
By road,Buses to other regions of Thailand including Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Na and Surat Thani operate at the BKS terminal located just off Thanon Phang Nga in Phuket Town.
By Train Although there are no direct trains to Phuket, one can travel on trains going from Bangkok to Singapore and get off at Phun Phin railway station. Phuket is another 5 hours by bus from Phun Phin, which is located in the Surat Thani Province of Thailand.
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