Phuket or Krabi? – which destination is better?

10 Points To Help You Make The Right Holiday Choice

Phuket or Krabi – which is better? Both of these superb southern Thailand destinations are common features on bucket lists, and for good reason.

Phuket is a well-established name in the travel industry and is widely regarded as one of the top places to visit in Thailand, if not the whole of Southeast Asia. Krabi may be a relative newcomer to the travel scene, but has rapidly grown in popularity, to the point where it is strong contender to Phuket’s title as the destination of choice in the south of Thailand. If you are finding yourself torn when it comes to deciding which of these two beautiful places you want to spend your next Thailand holiday in, we’re here to help. We’ve taken 10 key aspects of the beach holiday experience and put Phuket and Krabi head-to-head in a direct comparison to see which comes out on top.

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1. Beaches

Phuket: More Choice
Phuket has over 30 beaches to choose from, most of them boasting soft white sand and clear blue seas – the typical tropical island idyll. With a pretty good road network, most of them are very easy to get to and have good facilities nearby.

Krabi: More Natural
If you include all of the small islands which make up Krabi Province, then it also has quite an extensive selection of beaches, though many are rather trickier to get to, often needing at least a short boat trip. The advantage of this is that the beaches mostly retain their beautiful natural look, with fewer buildings, less traffic and fewer peddlers to disrupt your relaxation.

2. Hotels

Phuket: More Luxury
Phuket has more hotels than Krabi generally, but a lot of those on offer are on the top end of the scale, with three-, four- and five-star properties in plentiful supply. Among that list are some really outstanding properties, with breathtaking views, amazing facilities and exceptional service, among other perks.

Krabi: More Remote
With its many islands and its less developed mainland, Krabi is the perfect place for a proper getaway. There is a good selection of hotels which are not just far from the madding crowd, but far from any kind of crowd at all. If you’re looking for absolute peace and isolation, you’re more likely to find it in Krabi.

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3. Food

Phuket: More Fine Dining
With a classy and sophisticated atmosphere and a longer time in the limelight of the tourism industry, Phuket offers an excellent choice of high-quality fine-dining establishments, even around some of the more remote beaches. Whether it’s exquisite Royal Thai cuisine or top-notch offerings from around the world, you are spoilt for choice when looking for somewhere special to eat in Phuket.

Krabi: More Beachfront Dining
What Krabi lacks in sophistication, it makes up for with its natural assets – a stunning setting. Unlike in Phuket, it’s quite easy to find toes-in-the-sand beachfront venues in Krabi, which are every bit as romantic as Phuket’s fine-dining offerings, but are more rustic and relaxed.

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