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Phuket.com magazine brings you openings, weird and wonderful attractions and takes you to places that savvy locals want to keep secret. It’s guaranteed to make sure that your Phuket experience is out of the ordinary.

Whilst people are jostling along Bangla Road or at the Weekend Market, we will point you in the direction of unique bars and the best places to find genuine bargains. Looking for a quirky boutique hotel? We review the best. We also know where the tastiest eateries are and wouldn’t shop anywhere that sells Chang Beer singlets.

The fact is; there are only so many temples, tuk tuks and phad thais a person can experience. If you’ve visited the Island before and are feeling a little jaded, or just want to avoid the usual tourist traps, check out phuket.com magazine.

This Week on Phuket.com
Sizzle in Patong Beach Sizzle

Sizzle, at Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa in the hills above southern Patong, is in one of the loveliest locations possible, enjoying lofty views over two gorgeous beaches and a sunset vista at certain times of year that is almost instantly addictive. Read More...

 
Horn Grill in Kata Beach Horn Grill Restaurant

Horn Grill is an attractive L-shaped steakhouse straddling the corner of Koktanod and Kata roads in southern Kata. With 140 covers it’s no small affair yet the restaurant’s façade and entrance lends it an intimate look. Read More...

Top 10 Karon Nightlife Top 5 Karon Nightlife

Karon, often described as ‘Patong’s little sister’, has its own version of Patong's raunchy Soi Bangla – only on a smaller scale and it too has its dining locations, only fewer than Patong. Read More...

 
Khantoke Restaurant Khantoke Restaurant

Khantoke in Avista Phuket Resort and Spa, Kata Beach is named after a northern Thai and Lao custom of communal dining that involves serving several dishes on an ornate pedestal tray. Read More...


 

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Up Beach Club Up Beach Club

Up is a decidedly laid-back Beach Club on Naithon Beach, with a dozen tables, a simple Bamboo-lined elevated kitchen and a DJ consul on the white sand. Read More...

 
Kalim Beach Kalim Beach

Kalim Beach is located just north of Patong Beach and, unlike its famous neighbour, still retains some of its local Thai touches. Kalim is considered one of the best surfing spots in Phuket, and some competitions are held there. Read More...

Madame Saigon Madame Saigon

Madame Saigon is an attractive and clean-cut Vietnamese restaurant located in the impressive and expansive Royal Phuket Marina on Phuket’s east coast just north of Phuket Town. Read More...

 
Top 10 Karon Restaurants Top 10 Karon Restaurants

From the discreet service and lighting of El Gaucho to the full-on frenetic serving in Red Onion there’s a lot of variety and the chance to dine out in a different restaurant throughout the length of your vacation.  Read More...

Top 10 Kata Restaurants Top 10 Kata Restaurants

Kata Beach has a fair amount of good dining choices as well as a few excellent top-of-the-range restaurants that may be almost prohibitively expensive but nevertheless peerless. Read More...

 
Two Chefs Bar & Grill Two Chefs Bar & Grill

With two branches in Kata, an outlet in Karon and a recently opened bistro in Kamala Two Chefs restaurant group strikes a popular chord with visitors looking for quality food, good service, and fast delivery. Read More...

Da Vinci Kata Restaurant Da Vinci Kata Restaurant

Da Vinci Kata is the logical extension of the successful Nai Harn branch of this excellent Italian restaurant although it looks nothing like the open-spaced original Da Vinci. Located in Kata Garden Condominium. Read More...

 
Phuket Shopping Tours Phuket Shopping Tours

Phuket is not exactly a small place: There are many nooks and crannies that even repeat visitors know nothing about and it takes a long time to ‘discover’ all that is on offer on the island – especially bargain and quality shopping.  Read More...

Top 10 Karon/Kata Shopping Top 10 Kata Shopping

Shopping in Kata is a little spread out with the nucleus being around Kata’s three-way intersection in the centre of things and the main shopping plazas and bazaars located opposite the Club Med grounds. Read More...

 
Tamarind Restaurant Tamarind Restaurant

Tamarind Restaurant in Banyan Tree Phuket is a poolside haven of peace with cooling breezes, discreet background music, well-trained staff, and comfortable seating arrangements. Read More...

Karon Plaza Karon Plaza

Karon Plaza is an L-shaped location along Lung Phochuan Road in Karon, on Phuket’s west coast. Made up of guesthouses, bars, restaurants, beauty salons and massage parlours. Read More...

 
The Boathouse Cooking Class Boathouse Cooking Class

If you’ve ever wondered just how to recreate the matchless harmony of flavours, textures, spices, and aromas of Thai cooking this is the place to come to for informative and amusing instruction in a beautiful location. Read More...

Top 10 Karon/Kata Shopping 10 Karon/Kata Shopping

Kata Beach shopping and Karon Beach shopping, generally speaking, is a lot less frenzied than the Patong shopping experience. More spread out, you’ll need transportation to take it all in because its many plazas, bazaars, boutiques and fresh markets. Read More...

 
Hot & Spicy Restaurant Hot & Spicy Restaurant

Hot ‘n Spicy is a newcomer to Phuket Town. A Pakistani/Indian restaurant right down town serving Halal food, it’s a simple setup comprising two adjacent shop-houses. Read More...

Karon Market Karon Market

Karon Market is a popular shopping location set in the heart of Karon Beach in its temple grounds. It is a lively market at which visitors can find a great choice of products, and local food, giving a real insight into local culture. Read More...

 
Top 10 Patong Shopping Top 10 Patong Shopping

Patong Beach Shopping comes as a surprise to a lot of visitors. Patong is more known for its electrifying nightlife than for shopping but it is nevertheless an attractive retail therapy option and houses the biggest shopping mall in the island. Read More...

Top 10 Patong Nightlife Top 10 Patong Nightlife

Check out our Top 10 Patong Nightlife listing which pretty well covers all that the resort town has to offer by way of entertainment, with an eclectic choice of cabaret shows, gay meeting places, naughty bars and dance floors. Read More...

 
Top 10 Patong Attractions Top 10 Patong Attractions

Discover our Top 10 Attractions in (and near) Patong Beach, from its infamous nightlife’s heart – Bangla Road, to its secluded beaches, there is something interesting to see and do for everyone at Patong Beach, Phuket. Read More...

Top 10 Patong Beach Restaurants Top 10 Patong Restaurants

Our Top 10 Patong Restaurants List features long-established diners that, through the years offered their customers consistent quality dining and atmosphere. Read More...

 
Patong Seafood Court Patong Seafood Court

Patong Seafood Court embodies all that is good about Patong’s culinary scene. Made up of several adjacent open-air and enclosed restaurants as you pass you’ll smell the exotic aroma of the freshest fish and seafood. Read More...

Royal Paradise Night Market Royal Paradise Night Market

Paradise Night Market, like many other markets and malls in Patong, has developed and cleaned up its act over the years. Nowadays this nightly market has blossomed into at least 100 stores. Read More...

 
2gether Restaurant 2gether Restaurant

2gether Restaurant & Bar is one of the most popular diners in Karon Beach. Established in 2005 and under Swedish management, the restaurant has been rewarded by Trip Advisor as the ‘Best Karon Beach restaurant in 2012 and 2013’. Read More...

Karon Bazaar Karon Bazaar

Karon Bazaar (Shopping Sale Karon Plaza) is a large, covered market-like shopping centre set in the central area of Karon Beach Road on Phuket Island’s west coast, some 350m south from Karon circle. Read More...

 
Ocean Bangla Shopping Plaza Ocean Bangla Plaza

Ocean Plaza Bangla in Patong Beach has something of a history: once a bazaar-like labyrinth, it is nowadays far more benign and the renovated shop has closed the dusty upstairs café and bowling alley. Read More...

Angus O’ Tool’s Irish Bar & Restaurant Angus O’ Tool’s Irish Pub

Angus O’ Tool’s Irish Bar & Restaurant is a popular pub located on Soi Islandia (aka Soi Centara) in the heart of Karon Centre. It is a home away from home for any Celtic, Hibernian, Gaelic, and anyone hailing from the ‘old sod’. Read More...

 
Freedom Beach Freedom Beach

Freedom Beach is an exclusive gem on Phuket’s west coast; the 300m-long strip of white sand is set in a superb bay dotted with granite rocks and surrounded by hills covered by thick and luxuriant jungle. Read More...

Kaab Gluay Restaurant Kaab Gluay Restaurant

Kaab Gluay is a long-established restaurant located on Phrabarami Road in the northern part of Patong Beach. Entirely renovated at the end of 2013, this casual venue is famous for the quality of its food. Read More...

 
Bangla Mall Bangla Mall

Bangla Mall sits squarely in the middle of Bangla Road; the epicentre of Phuket’s nightlife, shopping, and entertainment hub, Patong. Bangla Mall officially opened in late 2012 is another good option for shopaholics. Read More...

Patong Beachfront Food Court Patong Beachfront Food Court

Patong Beachfront Food Court is not strictly a food court as such but rather a collection of stand-alone restaurants sharing the same block on Beach Road in Patong just north of Bangla Road. Read More...

 
Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Mövenpick Resort Bangtao

Set in the northwest of Phuket, Moevenpick Resort Bangtao Beach is a compact collection of 40 luxury accommodation choices designed in classic style yet with the very latest amenities and facilities. Read More...

5 Best Snorkelling Beaches in Phuket 5 Best Snorkelling Beaches

Take a deep breath and lazily dive down into this magical kingdom and you’ll come as close to aquatic paradise as you’ll ever get. Phuket is a wonderful snorkelling destination; here are five prime snorkelling beaches to head for. Read More...

 
Hong by Starlight Hong by Starlight Hong by Starlight

When other sea cave-kayak tour operators are winding down for the day, the John Gray Sea Canoe crew is just getting started. John Gray is the godfather of sea kayaking in Thailand. Read More...

Banana Rock Beach Banana Rock Beach +VDO

Beautiful and almost deserted, Banana Rock Beach is not known to many people in Phuket as it is relatively isolated. Nevertheless, it really is one of Phuket's most glittering gems. Read More...

 
Siam Safari 4-in-1 Siam Safari 4-in-1

Siam Safari’s 4-in-1 half-day trip is like a speed dating session with the natural world. Elephants, monkeys, and water buffalo are all on the dance card... Read More...

China Town Plaza China Town Plaza

China Town Plaza (Sai Nam Yen Plaza) is a collection of renovated stands and stalls downtown Patong. The renamed mall makes the corner of Rat-U-Thit Road and Sai Nam Yen Road and is a busy place. Read More...

 
Ocean Plaza Patong Beach Ocean Plaza Patong Beach

Ocean Plaza Patong is located on Patong’s Beach Road. Ocean Plaza has changed over the years from being somewhat of a haberdashery selling everything from fake guns to underwear to guitar strings to becoming a tangible and organized department store. Read More...

Casuarina Beach Casuarina Beach

Believe it or not, some people don't like sand. It's hard to imagine that anyone could possibly find sitting on the beach, sipping a fine wine or a cocktail and anticipating a great meal anything less than rapturous. Read More...

 
June Bahtra Sunset Cruise June Bahtra Sunset Cruise

There’s a pastel-like touch to the Yacht Haven at four o’clock on a sunny afternoon. The dipping sun slants through the white of the yachts’ masts, creating a pleasing optical effect. Read More...

Coral Island Tour by Speedboat Coral Island by Speedboat

It's amazing how hot it can get at 09:00 in the morning. Thankfully, at Chalong Pier there’s plenty of shade and benches on which to sit with a cool drink... Read More...

 
Tiger Kingdom Tiger Kingdom

Tiger Kingdom is a new arrival on Phuket’s attractions scene. It allows you the opportunity to get up close and personal with several Indochinese tigers that have been raised by hand in captivity since birth. Read More...

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa Renaissance Phuket Resort

Set on absolute beachfront, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa enjoys great design,  fabulous facilities and five-star quality. This low-rise resort makes full use of its bucolic setting and tranquility lovers will wallow in its location. Read More...

 
5 Phuket Restaurants with a View 5 Restaurants with a View

As Phuket is a hilly island the opportunity to appreciate a good meal while enjoying outstanding vistas is almost unparalleled in the country. Here are five ‘meals-with-a-view’ culinary destinations on the island. Read More...

Top 8 Phuket Beach Clubs 10 Great Phuket Beach Clubs

Beach clubs are the latest hot trend in Phuket; and a simple yet complex recipe with the right mix of ingredients is required to guarantee success. Read More...

 
Tiffin Mama Restaurant Tiffin Mama

Sunset is the best time to dine at Tiffin Mama. With one sweep of the eye you can take in Kata Noi, Kata and Karon beaches as well as the sun-kissed Andaman Sea. The wow factor at Tiffin Mama is zoomed up to maximum. Read More...

Diamond Beach Club Diamond Beach Club

Diamond Beach Club on Surin Beach is an elegant and spacious addition to the ever-growing list of Phuket’s beach clubs. Slinky and trendy, the atmosphere of this 300-seater only gets cooler when night falls. Read More...

 
Paradise Beach Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is stunningly beautiful; one of the most attractive of the many wonderful beaches Phuket has to offer. It also features safe swimming all year round. Read More...

Gossip Boutiq Supperclub Gossip Boutiq Supperclub

Gossip Boutiq Supperclub is a recent addition to the frantic nightlife entertainment scene along Bangla Road in Patong. Boasting modern and hip touches, this cocktail lounge club brings a breath of fresh air to the infamous street. Read More...

 
Phuket Bird Park Phuket Bird Park

This beautifully arranged plot of hillside land has exotic flora, winding paths, odd memorabilia, no less than three cafés, a souvenir shop and of course hundreds of beautiful birds from all around the tropical world. Read More...

Phuket Walking Street Phuket Walking Street

Phuket Walking Street is the latest attraction featured in Phuket Old Town. Also-known-as Lardyai (talaad yai), this weekly market started in October 2013 and is hosted on the beautifully renovated Thalang Road. Read More...

 
Hollywood Discotheque Patong Hollywood Discotheque

Hollywood Patong is the first discotheque/club you come across when coming from the beach on Bangla Road. Opened in 2008, this 12,000sqm nightclub offers its punters two rooms with different music in each of them. Read More...

Thanyapura Sports Hotel Thanyapura Sports Hotel

Thanyapura does not do things by halves. This 77-room sports hotel has a long list of world-class facilities, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, four Plexi-cushion indoor tennis courts and much much more. Read More...

 
After Beach Bar above Kata Noi After Beach Bar

After Beach Bar & Restaurant is located just a short drive up the steep hill close by Boathouse in south Kata. This bamboo-and-thatch restaurant offers great views out over Kata Noi and Kata Bay. Read More...

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Phuket Hotel Reviews Phuket Hotel Reviews

Just when is a hotel outstanding and what makes a truly great hotel? Find out through our hotel reviews – honest and in-depth comments on Phuket’s finest hostelries written by experienced writers. Read More...

 
Tour Reviews Phuket Tour Reviews

In the same way you wouldn’t buy a car without taking a test drive, you shouldn’t have to book a tour without knowing exactly what you’re getting. Read More...

Phuket Attraction Reviews Phuket Attraction Reviews

Phuket Island’s attractions cover a wide range of items and there's definitely something appealing for everyone who visits the island. Phuket.com Magazine team roam Phuket's roads to dig up hidden attractive jewels wherever they are. Read More...

 
Best Restaurants Reviews Phuket Restaurant Reviews

Where are the cheap eats? Is Thai food always spicy? Is Patong the only place in Phuket to look for haute cuisine? Find out with our monthly restaurant reviews. Read More...

Phuket Nightlife Reviews Phuket Nightlife Reviews

Phuket Nightlife is world famous due to its sheer number of fun and party opportunities. The Phuket.com Magazine team explores all the late-night exciting places and brings you up-to-date information about Phuket nightlife's scene. Read More...

 
Reviews of Phuket Activities Reviews of Phuket Activities

The ‘usual’ pastimes such as snorkelling or golfing are still very popular, but in the last few years new fun activities have reached Phuket's shores. The Phuket.com Magazine team reviews all the things to do here. Read More...

Phuket Shopping Reviews Phuket Shopping Reviews

Our Phuket.com Magazine team explores Phuket's department stores and shopping areas to find the most interesting outlets. Check out where and how to acquire the most attractive items on the island. Read More...

   

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