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Why an island on Thailand’s Andaman coast is Asia’s most popular beach destination

[SPONSORED CONTENT] Phuket, Thailand’s largest island and Asia’s most popular beach destination, is often compared to famous island destinations like Bali and Hawaii, but it attracts more international visitors than either. Why is it so popular? Would you enjoy a holiday there? Where are some good places to stay? This article will help answer your questions.

Published on Jun 21, 2018


Smaller islands might suffer from the popularity Phuket enjoys. But this is a big island: 50 km. long by 20 km. wide. The interior of plains and mountains is ringed by 30 beaches, ranging from secluded gems to stretches lively with water activities and nightlife. A bridge to the mainland is at its northern tip, close to the airport. Chartered boats and ferries connect it to spectacular offshore islands. It’s easy to access all Phuket has to offer.

If you seek raucous nightlife, you’ll find it on Patong Beach. Are you fascinated by Sino-Portuguese architecture and history? Phuket Town has it. Excellent restaurants featuring fresh local seafood, Thai, Asian and European fare will tempt you, along with cafés and street food. Want exercise and rejuvenation? Go kayaking through cliff-rimmed bays, diving over a colourful reef, golfing at an award-winning course. Hike the national park or recharge at one of the superb spas. Enjoy the simple pleasures of Thai food and culture on a budget, or live a life of luxury at one of Phuket’s top-rated resorts.

Phuket attracts people of all ages from all over the world. There’s plenty to do for families with children. In April, soak up the water-splashing fun of traditional Thai New Year. In October, enjoy the healthy food of the Vegetarian Festival. Every December Phuket hosts Asia’s top yachting event. This is truly a destination with something for everyone.


The most popular beach is Patong. If you’re looking for restaurants, nightlife, and a lively atmosphere, this is your place.

If you seek a beach less crowded, more family-oriented, go north 12 km. to Karon Beach. Family resorts, little restaurants and shops dot its length. Fine sand and few underwater rocks make it ideal for wading.

Between Karon and Patong is the beautiful Kata Beach and its smaller sibling, Kata Noi. The views are some of the best on the island. This is a top beach for surfing; Kata Noi offers excellent snorkelling. Looking for a beach suitable for both families or friends, with plenty of water activities? This may be your best bet.


Phuket Old Town’s Sino-Portuguese mansions and shophouses, Chinese shrines, and quaint cafés make it ideal for morning or evening strolls. Sunday evenings there’s a wonderful open-air market on Phuket Walking Street, full of Thai-Muslim, Chinese, and Indian food and handicrafts. Just outside town are the modern Central Festival Phuket shopping centre and Phuket Weekend Market, the island’s largest outdoor market, rivalling Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak for eclectic variety. 


Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is backed by lush hills on the most secluded stretch of Karon Beach. It combines a Sino-Portuguese feel with luxury amenities, including spacious rooms and pool villas. A landscaped waterpark features four pools. Dining options range from Asian to Italian. While children play at the supervised Kids’ Club, adults enjoy pampering at the Spa Cenvaree. The resort has received TripAdvisor’s Award of Excellence seven straight years and was also voted a favourite family destination. For a luxury resort holiday with family, nothing could be more ideal.


Centara Villas Phuket are set among lush tropical greenery on a slope overlooking Karon Bay. Thai-style villas, some with private pools or outdoor Jacuzzis, offer enchanting privacy. Steps take you from two tiers of swimming pools, past cascading waterfalls, down to the beach. Enjoy a sunset cocktail, Thai or Mediterranean food, and a spectacular view out over the Andaman. Perfect for a romantic holiday for two.


Centara Karon Resort Phuket features four residential zones with different styles of accommodations ideal for couples, friends, or families. The resort has three pools, waterslides, a fitness centre, tennis courts and a Spa Cenvaree. Karon Beach is steps away. A multi-generation family or group of friends will find accommodations and amenities to fit everyone.


Centara Kata Resort Phuket is designed for families. It is 600 m. from Kata Beach, with free shuttle service. Rooms and suites have private balconies adjacent to the resort’s three pools. Suites offer kitchenettes and utensils. Two age-specific Kids’ Clubs are here. The staff know how to make your stay fun with activities such as snorkelling, island excursions, and family hikes.


Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa Phuket is set on a cliff at the quieter northern end of Patong. The site benefits from gentle sea breezes, fragrant tropical woodland behind it, and dazzling views over the sea. This is an ideal location if you want scenic seclusion but easy access to the vivacious centre of Patong and some of Phuket’s finest restaurants along Kalim Beach.


Waterfront Suites Phuket by Centara is ideally located in the heart of Karon Beach. Its serviced apartments offer a variety of interior décor, a large swimming pool, tennis and squash courts. Indoors is a library, table tennis and billiard tables. You have convenient access to the fitness and spa facilities at Centara Karon Resort Phuket. One and two-bedroom suites include kitchens. It’s an excellent value for those desiring an extended experience on one of the world’s most special islands.


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