8-bedroom Villas in Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is internationally recognised as one of Asia's premier tropical island destinations. The island welcomes four million plus visitors per year to an exceptional international lifestyle, stunning beaches with tranquil waters, vibrant towns and spectacular scenery – all with an exquisite tropical climate and world-class cuisine.

Located approximately one hour’s flying time from Bangkok and only a short flight from Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong, the island is serviced by an international airport with direct flights to and from many major cities in Asia, Europe and Australia. The island offers an impressive portfolio of leisure and lifestyle amenities including world-class golf courses, wonderful seascapes for sailing, diving and snorkelling as well as luxurious spas, international cuisine, high-end shopping complexes, chic boutiques, vibrant bars and lively nightclubs. The infrastructure includes excellent international hospitals and health services.

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Villa Saan
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Villa Saan
Bedrooms : 8       Sleeps : 16
Rate starts at $2,150 ++

With spectacular sea views, the 8-bedroom Villa Saan is an exquisite hillside hideaway near Kamala Beach.  This modern, fully-staffed villa offers families and groups an inspiring and restorative holiday escape with its 19m pool and jacuzzi, cinema, games room, spa beds, gym, and lavish master suite with its own plunge pool.

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Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
Cape Yamu, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Khao Phra Thaeo park, 4km east of Heroines' Monument, Thalang   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 260491
This long-running shelter for gibbons and other rescued animals offers an eye-opening education into wildlife poaching and the challenges of re-introducing gibbons to the wild. A handful of these deft primates with a haunting call can be seen in enclosures.

Heritage Collection
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 82/45 Phuket Laguna Road, Bang Tao, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 325818
On display and for sale is a gorgeous and eclectic collection of Buddha images, classical Chinese furniture and paintings, terracotta figures and refined Oriental art objects.

Baan Thai Antiques
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 80/5 Soi Permpong Pattana 3, Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0)76 292274
This small shop is chock full of a collection of antiques and traditional arts and crafts including ceramics, carvings, furniture, jewellery, cabinets, silks, vases, bronze ware and decorative items from Thailand and throughout Asia.

Oriental Fine Art
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Moo 3, Surin Beach Road, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 325141
This boutique houses some fine Chinese, Burmese, Laotian and Cambodian antiques and collectibles including a number of elegant Buddha statues.

Soul of Asia
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Ground Floor, Silk Shopping Centre, Surin Plaza, 5/50 Moo 3, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 271629
This treasure trove in the Surin Plaza is filled with Asian, and particularly Chinese, antiques, artwork, rugs and porcelain.

Phuket Aquarium
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 51 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 391126
With over 150 marine and freshwater species on view, this is a great place for the kids to get up close and personal with the weird and wonderful underwater world.

Kamala Bakery
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 73/59 Moo 3 Kamala main road (Route 4233), Kamala   Tel No. : +66(0) 076 385865
The place to find fresh loaves of bread, croissants, sandwiches and other baked goods plus a range of deli items including cheeses, bacon, hams, sausage, and frozen meats. Dine in or take away.

Banana Rock Beach
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
A hidden gem, Banana Rock Beach (often called Banana Beach) is one of Phuket's last remaining 'undiscovered' west-coast beaches. Located between the five-star Trisara resort and Nai Thon Beach, the only way in by foot is to park at the roadside above and take a pathway down. A fine spot to snorkel or simply relax on the sands.

Bang Tao Beach
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Backed by the Laguna Resort Complex, Bang Tao Beach is a 5km stretch of sand that’s sprinkled with restaurants and sun worshippers. Here you can laze on the beach or take off on a dramatic horseback ride up the sand.

Layan Beach
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Situated to the north of Bang Tao Beach, this stunning stretch of white sand is incredibly serene. Its northernmost stretch is backed by native vegetation and though it's now home to Dream Beach Club it still has a natural feel and rarely gets busy.

Ao Yon beach
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
A perfectly picturesque beach that sees few visitors compared with Phuket’s west coast beaches, and is wonderful for a quiet swim. This sheltered bay attracts many yachties here so expect to see bobbing boats before a panorama of verdant peaks.

Topper Sail Phuket
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
   Tel No. : +66 (0) 85 215 9185
This RYA sailing school teaches individuals and groups, children and adults, beginners and advanced sailors. Learn and improve your sailing skills through a step-by-step approach, based on standards and guidelines from the NSSA and the RYA. Sailing dinghy rental also available.

Kamala Beach
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Kamala Beach
This 2.5km crescent-shaped sandy beach between Patong and Surin is ideal for swimming and great for families. Enjoy some decent snorkelling at Kamala's rocky north end, with equipment available to buy from nearby shops. Para-sailing and jet-ski rental are offered in the calmer months of November-April but note that these operators are uninsured. Rent a long-tail boat and explore the bay in local style, or hop over to the nearby Surin or Laem Singh beaches.

Karon Beach
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
One of Phuket's most popular beaches, Karon is alive with sun worshippers, speedboat and jet-ski rental operators. Even so, Karon's wide swathe of fine golden sands allows for a windswept, lonely feel even at the height of the tourist season. During the monsoon season months swimming can be dangerous so be sure to heed the red-flag warnings. Impromptu beach volleyball games are regularly played in the late afternoon on the quieter north end.

Kata Beach
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
With glittering soft sands and a shallow bay, Kata Beach is where families seeking fun in the sun set up camp on the sands. In the calmer months of November-April, many enjoy snorkelling or floating on the glassy surface, while the bay is taken over by surfers seeking wave action as the southwest monsoon rolls in. A playpark next to Club Med offers more adventures for the wee ones.

Kata Noi Beach
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Quieter and smaller than Kata Beach, Kata Noi, literally "Little Kata", is a pretty bay just around the cape to the north of Kata. Snorkelling, swimming or simply lounging on the sand are the main activities here.

Ao Sane Beach
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Found via a narrow road along the front of The Nai Harn resort (formerly the Royal Phuket Yacht Club) on Nai Harn, this tiny beach offers a pretty place to snorkel and sunbathe on the sands away from the crowds. There’s a small open-air restaurant here serving a selection of Thai and western dishes.

Nai Harn Beach
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Though it seems to get busier with each passing year Phuket’s southernmost beach still has a laid-back vibe. Surfing, snorkelling or simply lazing the day away on the sand are the main daytime activities here while the evenings bring joggers and sunset watchers.

Emerald Beach
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Known by the locals as Tri Trang Beach, this pretty cove just south of Patong features soft sands and calm waters ideal for swimming (with a few rocky bits to watch out for at low tide).

Kalim Beach
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Kalim is a charming, small, rocky beach on the southern side of the Laem Thip headland. It’s much more peaceful than neighbouring Patong, however the surrounding waters are best known for their coral reefs and not the best choice for swimming. At low tide, the beach is a treasure trove of sea-life, but wear shoes as the rocks and coral can be razor sharp.

Patong Beach
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Patong’s wide, shallow beach is great if you are looking for action in the form of plentiful water sports and crowds, however Karon, Kata or Kamala are better suited to families and those seeking quieter scenes.

Laem Singh Beach
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Once a 'secret' beach, but now home to dozens of sun-worshippers daily, Laem Singh has become a busy little spot. But this tiny bay reached by steep paths from the road above is still awash with tropical glory with soft white sands and balmy waters to enjoy a swim or snorkel session.

Surin beach
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
This stunning west-coast beach was one the heart of Phuket's beach club scene but commercial activity was banned by government order and the shoreline is now clear of all buildings. Though cocktails are no longer available here, Surin's white sands and blazing sunsets still inspire.

COMO Beach Club
Cape Yamu, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Point Yamu by COMO, 225 Moo 7, Pa Khlok, Thalang   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 360100
This exclusive beach club on Naka Yai island just minutes away from Cape Yamu offers a private beach, kayaking, kids' club and spa treatments, plus a seaview pool to splash around in. Light meals available at the beach club bar.

Bliss Beach Club
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 202/88 Moo 2, Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110   Tel No. : +66 (0)76 510150
On the southern end of the beachfront at Bang Tao, Bliss has become known for its fresh Thai and western dishes and regular DJ parties. Enjoy dining in the shade on the large terrace just steps from the pool, or in the club's cool air-con interior. Its VIP dining room hosts monthly gourmet wine and dine events.

Xana Beach Club
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 10 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Road, Phuket 83110   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 324101
A chic beachfront restaurant and bar set in the Angsana Laguna resort (formerly the Sheraton) featuring a 35-metre swimming pool, private dining cabanas and a fresh menu featuring tapas, seafood and creative cocktails.

Andaman Cruises
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Twinpalms Phuket, 2nd floor, 106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Road, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 316562
Andaman Cruises takes you on a lavish adventure into the vibrant marine playground of Phuket and beyond. Luxury day trip charters aboard sleek motor yachts to Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi islands, the Similans and other islands.

Coral Seekers
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 16 Soi Tueson, Hong Yok U-Thit Road, Phuket Town   Tel No. : +66 (0)76 221442
There are dozens of speedboat daytrip operators in Phuket but Coral Seekers is a cut above with its dedication to safety and for avoiding the crowds with custom-tailored excursions to the beautiful bays and islands surrounding Phuket. Charter trips to the Phi Phi islands, Phang Nga Bay, Racha Yai and more. They also specialise in organising weddings, corporate/team-building activities and other events.

Phuket Jungle Bungy Jump
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 61/3 Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu    Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 321351
Phuket's first bungy operation offers a thrilling 50-metre jump over a lagoon in a lush, natural setting in the Kathu valley. Try a water touch, catapult backwards or tandem jump, or just a plain old leap from a heart-stopping height!

Spoonful of Sugar
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Sai Yuan Road, Nai Harn   Tel No. : + 66 (0) 76 388432
This cheerful cafe with white picket fence is a fine spot for afternoon tea. Relax and indulge in a homemade slice of cake in the cosy air-conditioned interior or out on the shaded veranda.

Island Bliss Phuket
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Moo 3, Cherngtalay (near Surin Plaza)   Tel No. : +66 (0) 81 084 1031
Easy resort clothing in beautiful hand-printed cottons and voiles and gorgeous silks for a tropical lifestyle. Stocks Jets swimwear from Australia and Deus swim shorts for the guys.

Jim Thompson
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Canal Village Laguna, 390/44-47 Moo 1, Srisoonthorn Road   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 304536
Come and admire the sumptuous silks of the iconic Jim Thompson signature store in Canal Village, Laguna.

Lola
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Silk Shopping Centre, Surin Plaza, 5/50 Moo 3, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 271617
Racks of beautiful kaftans, light cotton dresses, swimwear and bags sold here are perfect for the beach (cash only).

Mom Tri's Cooking Academy
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Villa Royale, 12 Kata Noi Road, Kata Noi   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 333568
Renowned Chef Tummanoon shares his culinary expertise in half-day Thai cooking courses at Mom Tri's Villa Royale that include wine pairing tips and a trip to the local market. Classes are held on the 11th and 24th of every month.

Sawasdee Village Thai Cooking Class
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Sawasdee Village, 38 Soi Kat Kwan, Kata Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 330979
Delve into Thai culture while enlivening your taste buds by joining this Thai Cooking Class, led by the resort's well-regarded chef. The class includes a visit to the local market to select all the ingredients used in the course.

Thai Cooking Class, Aleenta Resort
Natai Beach-Phang Nga, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Aleenta Phuket Resort   Tel No. : +66 (0) 2 5148112
Aleenta’s Thai Cooking Class commences with a visit to the morning market, where the chef will explain the array of fresh vegetables and fruit while selecting your ingredients for the day. Then it is back to the resort and into one of the kitchens to begin your hands-on, Thai-inspired cooking class.

Pum's Cooking School
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 204/32 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 346269
Learn to cook Thai in a light-hearted session tailored to your skills and goals in the kitchen, from a basic 90-minute course to a six-hour intensive class that includes a trip to the local market.

Dusit Thani Laguna Cooking School
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 390 Srisoontorn Road Cherngtalay 83110   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 324324
The secrets behind the glorious tastes and aromas of Thai cuisine are revealed in these classes led by the resort's Master Chef. Prepare a four-course meal and enjoy sampling the fruits of your labour at the end of the session.

Old Phuket Town
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Though Phuket has grown rapidly along its beaches, the island's cultural heart remains in Old Phuket Town. One could spend hours, even days, wandering its busy streets and lanes lined with centuries-old Sino-Portuguese style shophouses, with colourful shops to pop into for local arts and crafts, ornate Chinese temples and a bewildering array of dining choices, from cheap and tasty noodle stands to trendy cafes. Thalang Road, Dibuk Road and Soi Romanee are the main old town streets, best explored when they are turned into a walking street market every Sunday evening.

Phuket Big Buddha
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Nakkerd Hills
Sitting between Chalong and Kata at an elevation of over 400 metres, this colossal 45 metre Buddha statue crafted from white Burmese marble enjoys the best 360-degree views of the entire island. It’s located 6km off the island’s main drag. Ring the bells as you make your ascent.

The Deli Supermarket
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 31 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 342275
Patong's original delicatessen, The Deli has a great selection of fine wines and fresh local and imported foods including beef, veal, lamb, pork, chicken, cheeses, Parma ham, olives, pickles, artichokes, pasta, frozen seafood, fruits and vegetables and baked goods.

Sea Bees Diving
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 1/3 Moo 9, Viset Road, Chalong   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 381765
This recommended diving school operates courses under SSI, BSAC and PADI from beginner to professional. They run dive trips out to islands south of Phuket and also to the Similan and Surin Islands in the Andaman Sea.

Phuket Scuba Club
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 241 Koktanod Road, Kata Beach (near The Boathouse resort)   Tel No. : +66 (0)76 284026
Among the more ecologically aware dive shops, Phuket Scuba Club offers dives off Karon Beach and day trips out to the Racha Islands and other spectacular dive sites in the region.

Scuba Cat
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 94 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach    Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 293120
This popular dive shop located on Patong's beach road offers day trips and liveaboards to the region's best sites including Racha Yai and Phi Phi islands, and is best known for its high standard of PADI training. Snorkelling trips also available.

Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 287 Moo 2, Kata-Sai Yuan Road (Hwy 4233), Kata   Tel No. : +66 (0) 89 591 9413
Set high in the hills, this is one of Phuket's better-run elephant camps, offering rides lasting 30-60 minutes through lush jungle, with views out over Kata Noi Beach for those who take the longer tour.

Cozy Company
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 1/1 Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 270847
A cluster of shops specialising in antiques, works of art, jewellery, handicrafts, clothing and fine furnishings have been built up along Lagoon Road, better known -- rather inelegantly -- as "the road leading to Laguna Phuket". Among these are Cozy Company, which sells contemporary home decor items and furniture, The Handmade selling high-end stainless steel cutlery, and Silk Wood featuring original works of art and wooden decor products.

Patong Go-Kart Speedway
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 118/5, Moo 7, Vichitsongkram Road   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 321949
This exciting 750-metre track is designed for all levels of racers and there are a number of kart types ranging from high speed super karts to two seater and kids karts.

Phuket Adventure Mini Golf
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 72/44 Moo 3, Bangtao Beach Road, Soi 2   Tel No. : +66 (0 )76 314345
Novices and experienced golfers will have fun making their way around this 18-hole course, with a good restaurant for refreshments and pizza after the game. Suitable for ages 4 and up.

Laguna Phuket Golf Club
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 34 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Bang Tao   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 270991
This 72-par 18-hole resort-based golf course boasts a scenic backdrop of steeply rising verdant mountains and panoramic views over the Andaman Sea. Rolling fairways flecked by coconut trees and smoothly moulded bunkers flow nicely and the greens are both large and welcoming with the most challenging two holes saved ‘til last.

Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort and Spa
Cape Yamu, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 195 Moo 4, Pa Khlok, Amphur Thalong   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 310888
Set amongst mangrove forests and beside rubber plantations on the island’s northwest coast, this 18-hole course has incredible ocean views from almost every hole with several numbers playing out over the Andaman Sea. Facilities are world-class.

Red Mountain Golf Club
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 119 Moo 4, Vichitsongkram Road   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 322000
This 72-par, 18-hole golf course surrounding Crystal Lake was designed to take full advantage of the dramatic tin mine site upon which it was built. Golfers are faced with a number of natural hazards including prevailing winds, meandering lakes and deceptive slopes but these are more than made up for by the sweeping views over Chalong and Phang Nga bays.

Loch Palm Golf Club
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 38 Moo 5, Vichitsongkram Road   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 321929
Loch Palm’s picturesque 72-par, 18-hole golf course winds its way around Crystal Lake - the largest water body of any golf course in Phuket - and between rows of shady palm trees before taking to the rolling hills to traverse the slopes.

Phuket Country Club
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 80/1 Moo 7, Vichitsongkram Road   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 319200
Situated almost midway between Phuket Town and Patong, this is the island’s longest established course. Twisting through a valley of lush rolling hills and limestone cliffs on the site of an old tin mine, the 18-hole Old Course offers a charming variety of holes which take you through landscaped forests, over level stretches and amidst rolling hillsides. There’s a nine-hole course too for those short on time.

Phuket International Horse Club
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 47 Lagoon Road, Bang Tao Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 324199
Enjoy sunset on horseback as you gallop along Bang Tao Beach. Suitable for all abilities, trails take you through grassland, past the golf course and into groves of conifers before finally arriving onto the sandy Bang Tao Beach.

Cape Panwa Hotel
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 27, 27/2 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Cape Panwa   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 391123-5
This southern Phuket hotel has a selection of five restaurants and five bars including the famous Sino-Portuguese mansion of Panwa House, an authentic Thai restaurant on the beach.

Surin Bay Inn
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 106/11, Moo 3, Surin Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 271 601
Situated about 250 metres back from the beach, this family-oriented hotel offers good, solid Thai, international and pub fare at reasonable prices.

East coast islands
Cape Yamu, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Bang Rong pier, Pa Khlok
Within a 30-minute boat ride from busy Phuket lie some of the region's most spectacular islands including the peaceful Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai, best explored by bicycle. Or make a day trip and explore the towering limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay, in rustic local style aboard a long-tail boat or aboard a luxury yacht.

John Gray's Sea Canoe
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 124 Soi 1 Yaowarat Road, Taladyai, Phuket Town   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 254505-6
Phuket's original eco-warrior kayaker offers guided day trips to the magical islands of Phang Nga Bay. The Hong by Starlight tour where you paddle into a hidden lagoon is a must. Transport to and from Ao Por pier is included with the tour.

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Kids Club
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 390 Srisoonthorn Road, Bang Tao Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 362999
This hotel is well set up for kids since it has a dedicated Kid’s Club offering numerous daily activities, a playground and a meandering swimming pool as well as a water sports centre.

Kamala Lawn Bowling Club
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 71/26 Moo 5, Kamala (directly behind Phuket FantaSea)   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 385912
Phuket's first and only lawn bowling centre welcomes players of all ages and skill levels. Shoes, bowls and towels included. Stop by on Friday afternoon from 3pm onwards to mingle with fellow lawn bowling enthusiasts at the club's weekly barbecue event.

Jungceylon shopping mall
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 600111
This is a more upmarket alternative for those seeking retail therapy. 'That's Siam' basement bazaar is a great place to haggle for handicrafts, fabrics and clothing and find some real bargains in air-conditioned comfort. Enjoy alfresco or indoor dining along the Sino Phuket Zone, where there's a cluster of good cafes.

Kata Fresh Markets
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Patak Road, Kata
Get there early to avoid missing out on the best fruits and veggies at Kata's Somjit daily fresh market, open daily until about 7pm on Patak Road near the PTT petrol station. Those in the know looking for even better-value fresh produce visit the twice-weekly market that sets up on New Kata Road every Monday and Thursday. Even if you're not in the mood to buy, it's a great way to catch a glimpse into Phuket's lively and colourful market life.

Dino Park Mini Golf
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 47 Karon Road, Karon Beach    Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 330625
This 18-hole mini golf course featuring authentic scale replicas of prehistoric creatures is always a big hit with the kids. Its restaurant is good, too, with cocktails for mum and dad to enjoy.

Bang Pae waterfall
Cape Yamu, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Khao Phra Thaeo park, 4km east of Heroines' Monument, Thalang
Found within the Khao Phra Thaeo national park (entry fee), this lovely green oasis in Phuket's interior has a walking trail and streams for cooling down. A popular weekend picnicking spot for families.

Kamala night market
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Kamala Beach (opposite Phuket Fantasea)
Kamala's Friday night market is on the beachfront opposite Phuket FantaSea. Look for local snacks, fresh food, fruit and vegetables, handicrafts and inexpensive clothing.

Patong night market (Beach road)
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Patong Beach Road (Thaweewong)
Throughout Patong town you’ll find plenty of shop-flanked streets selling all manner of souvenirs plus a number of night markets and entertainment bars. Sidewalks along the beach road (Thaweewong) and Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road near the Royal Paradise Resort complex become lively night bazaars each evening.

Patong night market (Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road)
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road near the Royal Paradise Resort, Patong
Throughout Patong town you’ll find plenty of shop-flanked streets selling all manner of souvenirs plus a number of night markets and entertainment bars. Sidewalks along the beach road (Thaweewong) and Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road near the Royal Paradise Resort complex become lively night bazaars each evening.

Patong night market (Bangla road)
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Soi Bangla turns into a walking street at night. Bangla's bewildering mix of bars and street hawkers make it a fun place to wander and people-watch even if you're not keen to pick up a fake Rolex or cheap T-shirt.

Canal Village
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Laguna Phuket, 390/1 Moo 1, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 324453/7
This small shopping plaza inside the Laguna resort complex is not the island's liveliest but it is attractively laid out with a good range of boutique shops selling clothing and accessories, handicrafts and souvenirs. In addition to a Jim Thompson silk outlet, there’s a health clinic, minimart, a small children's playground and the pleasant Albatross cafe where you can dine while overlooking the lagoon.

Nahmyaa Thai Restaurant
Cape Yamu, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Point Yamu by COMO, 225 Moo 7, Pa Khlok, Thalang   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 360100
An excellent range of Thai dishes including fresh seafood, stir-frys and curries plus a selection of Como resort's healthy Shambhala Cuisine of organic and living enzyme foods.

Peang Prai restaurant
Cape Yamu, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Pa Khlok, Thalang   Tel No. : +66 (0) 85 832 7439
Set just outside the entrance to Khao Phra Thaeo national park, this relaxed open-air eatery is the perfect spot to enjoy the lush hilly views while indulging in delicious local seafood dishes.

Black Cat
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 296 Moo 1, Don Chom Tao Road, Cherngtalay (about halfway between Cherng Talay Police Station and Tinlay Place)   Tel No. : +66(0) 76 271180
Enjoy great-value Thai, French and Italian meals in a casual bamboo-hut setting. The family-friendly Black Cat has long been favourite dining spot for resident expats and visitors seeking to avoid bland, overpriced hotel fare.

Siam Supper Club
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Tinlay Place plaza, 36-40 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 270936
Close to the gates of Laguna is this contemporary, international restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and a great wine list. Holidaymakers and local expats alike flock here for its excellent steaks, pizzas and generous desserts.

Tatonka
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Tinlay Place plaza, 382/19 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 324349
With a menu that innovatively brings together cuisine from around the world, Tatonka offers many unusual and tasty delights. Tapas, sashimi rolls, vegetarian, seafood, pizzas and more, with a good selection of cocktails and wines to wash it all down. Reservations recommended.

The Cove at Ao Yon
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 8/1 Moo 8, Tambon Wichit, Ao Yon Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 62 791 4643
Fresh seafood and pizza served in style under swaying palms on the Ao Yon beachfront.

Diavolo
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Paresa Resort, 49 Moo 6, Layi-Nakalay Road, Kamala   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 302000
Flavourful Thai and Italian specialties, with signature cocktails and an excellent wine selection, all in a serene cliff-side setting affording 270-degree ocean views.

Spicy Duck (Laab Ped)
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : On the Kamala main road (opposite 7-Eleven on Soi 5 intersection), Kamala
It's all fresh and spicy at this laid-back restaurant, with local favourites including som tam (papaya salad), curries and laab ped (duck salad) on offer at very reasonable prices. Dine in or take away to enjoy with a beach picnic.

Mom Tri’s Kitchen
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Villa Royale, 12 Kata Noi Road, Kata Noi   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 333568
Perched right on top of the rocky headland that divides Kata’s two beaches, this fine dining seaview restaurant boasts international cuisine, a lengthy wine list and excellent service. Best known for its hot crab soufflé, Phuket lobster and Angus beef tenderloin.

On the Rock
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Marina Phuket Resort, 47 Karon Beach Road, Kata Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 330625
This longstanding restaurant remains one of Phuket's most romantic with a serene alfresco setting on a rocky perch at the edge of the small headland that juts between Kata and Karon beaches. Great seafood dishes and wines. Try to book early to catch the sunset.

Acqua
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 324/15 Pharabaramee Road, Kalim Beach, Patong   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 618127
A chic restaurant perched on a hillside overlooking Kalim Bay, Acqua serves up a delicious mix of traditional and modern Italian dishes and an award-winning wine selection.

Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 223/2 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 344079
With authentic Italian food, a fantastic wine selection and breathtaking sea views, Da Maurizio remains a Patong dining icon.

Lim’s Restaurant & Bar
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 28 Phrabaramee Road, Soi 7, Kalim Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 344834
Come here for great modern Thai cuisine and spectacular art.

Pan Yaah Thai Restaurant
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 249 Phrabarami Road, Kalim, Patong (opposite the Indochine resort)   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 344473
Pan Yaah's big menu of authentic, inexpensive Thai food has packed in locals and visitors to its wooden-decked cliff-side perch for more than a decade. Aromatic curries (very spicy if desired), fresh grilled fish, tom yam (spicy prawn) soup and chicken satay skewers are among the favourites. A great spot for a casual lunch or dinners at sunset.

Oriental Spoon
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Twinpalms Phuket, 106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Road   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 316 577
Oriental Spoon restaurant at Twinpalms resort boasts a world class Sunday Brunch; seafood, oysters, fish, roasts, desserts and cheeses are all well represented here.

Bake
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 58 Lagoon Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket    Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 271016
This chic bakery and cafe just outside the Laguna resort entrance serves delectable pastries, cakes and cookies as well as soups, sandwiches, pasta and sushi. Dine in or ask them to prepare a stylish packed lunch for the beach or your day out on the yacht.

360 Degrees Bar
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 31/1 Moo 6, Baan Kok Tanod-Baan Layan Road, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 317600
This two-level deck-floored restaurant and bar on the hillside above Layan beach offers stunning views of the Bang Tao area plus a great international menu. Come early for sunset.

Baba Pool Club
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Sri Panwa resort, 88 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 371000
This stylish rooftop restaurant and bar features wide sea views and a poolside lounge setting that was purpose-built for partying the tropical nights away. Open for lunch too, with a big pool that invites a dine and dip. Popular with the 'hi-so' Bangkok set with prices to match. Try the parma ham truffle pizza and passion-sake tiger prawns.

Sawasdee
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 31/4 Sakdidej Road (Cape Panwa promenade)   Tel No. : +66 (0) 89 909 0339
This cosy, eclectic restaurant is steeped in ambiance with tables set on antique treadle sewing machines and an open front that faces the promenade along Cape Panwa. Excellent seafood, Thai and western meals served with panache and friendliness.

Plum Fine Dining
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Cape Sienna Phuket Resort, 18/40 Moo 6, Nakalay Road, Kamala   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 337300
Enjoy Mediterranean food with fresh and organic products in a bright, elegant setting overlooking Kamala Bay. Before dinner, sneak upstairs to enjoy a sunset cocktail and sweeping sea views at the Vanilla Sky rooftop lounge.

Silk Restaurant and Bar
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Andara Resort & Villas, 15 Moo 6, Kamala Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 338777
For fabulous local fare, live music and a great bar in a contemporary setting, Silk also throws in delicious sea views.

After Beach
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Kata-Sai Yuan road, Kata
As its name suggests, this is the place to enjoy a cold sundowner beer and tasty seafood after a day at the beach. Reached via a spectacular drive up along the lush, winding road between Kata and Cape Promthep, this chilled-out dining spot and bar is simply a semi-covered platform stretching out from the hill (though this platform seems to grow wider each year as word has gotten out). Expect a fair amount of Bob Marley music to accompany those amazing sea views.

Capannina Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 30/9 Kata Road, Kata Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 81 815 4145
This cosy, friendly eatery serves up pastas, salads and pizzas with the freshest of ingredients, all at a very good price. Good selection of wines available to accompany the meal.

Kampong Kata Hill
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 4 Karon Road, Kata Centre, Kata Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 330103
It's a bit of a steep drive to get here, but Kampong's classic Asian ambiance makes the effort worthwhile. Dine on beautifully presented Thai dishes, seafood and western fare while taking in the antiques and hand-crafted decor.

The Boathouse Wine and Grill
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : The Boathouse, 182 Koktanode Road, Kata Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 330015-7
This award-winning Thai and French gourmet restaurant is well known for its grill and extensive wine cellar that features over 800 labels. Have a nightcap in the Galley Bar afterwards.

Crepes Village
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : At the corner of Sai Yuan Road and Soi Naya 1, Nai Harn   Tel No. : + 66 (0) 85 655 7329
Have a big breakfast feast or evening tapas session in Crepes’ pleasant garden setting with sweet and savoury crepe selections, cocktails, wines and fresh fruit shakes. Crepes runs a good-value Thai cooking class, too, where you’ll learn to make four dishes and visit a local fresh market to shop for ingredients.

Davinci Plaza Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : BZenter Plaza 28/46 Moo 1, Nai Harn, Phuket    Tel No. : + 66 (0) 76 289574
With Italian favourites from a menu prepared by a Tuscan chef, Davinci serves up both style and flavour in its alfresco dining and lounging areas. There’s a play room for the kids, while sports lovers can catch all the latest F1 and football action on the big-screen TV. Good range of wine and cocktails.

East 88 Beach Lounge
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Serenity Resort & Terraces, 14 Moo 5, Viset Road, Rawai   Tel No. : + 66 (0) 76 371900
Creative cocktails, cold beer, and a splendid tropical setting make this an ideal spot for an afternoon swim and chill-out session. Found on the seafront at Serenity Resort, families are welcome to use the big pool while they savour their Thai or Mediterranean meals. Evenings feature DJ music and theme nights.

Friendship Beach
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 27/1 Soi Mittrapap, Friendship Beach, Rawai   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 288996
This American-run resort and open-air restaurant is a casual weekend hot spot for local expats, with a big, well-priced menu featuring everything from vegan fare to giant beef burgers. Diners are welcome to use the pool for no extra charge. Live music on Friday and Sunday evenings.

Nai Harn beachfront seafood restaurants
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Nai Harn beachfront
Along the Nai Harn beachfront there are a handful of open-air restaurants set just back from the casuarina trees serving up seafood, Western fare and Thai favourites at reasonable prices. Nothing fancy, but the sunset views are superb and the beer is ice-cold.

Nikita's
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 44 Viset Road, Rawai Beach   Tel No. : + 66 (0) 76 288338, +66 (0) 85 882 8019 ‎
Set on the waterfront in Rawai, Nikita's is one of the island's favourite watering holes. Enjoy a cold beer and great sea views from the garden café-bar, and feel the cool sea breezes as you wine and dine after dark. A great spot to while away a lazy afternoon. Favourites from its big menu include massaman chicken and pizza prepared in the wood-fired oven.

The Edge
Natai Beach-Phang Nga, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Aleenta Phuket Resort   Tel No. : +66 (0) 2 5148112
Just steps away from the sands of Natai Beach, The Edge serves up casual fare including healthy sandwiches and easy Thai favourites. Stay on for evening cocktails and enjoy the sunset views with dance, acid jazz and chill out music.

Baan Rim Pa
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 223 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 340789
This very popular cliffside restaurant specialises in Royal Thai cuisine and boasts an award-winning selection of wines that can be enjoyed in the Piano Bar.

Baan Yin Dee Boutique Resort
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 7/5 Muean Ngen Road, Patong Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 294104
This atmospheric restaurant serves up a fusion of Thai and European dishes; think tenderloin steaks, peppered prawns and fine wines accompanied by the tinkling of in-house pianist Charlie.

Joe’s Downstairs
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 223/3 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 618245
Situated right on the waterfront, come here for cocktails, tapas and romantic dinners – the views over the sea and Kalim Bay are to die for, especially at sunset.

La Gritta
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Amari Coral Beach Resort, Patong Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 340106
Enjoy dining on Italian food and wine in one of the island’s best Italian restaurants overlooking the ocean and Patong Bay.

Sam's Steak & Grill
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Holiday Inn Phuket, 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 340608
A haven of quiet elegance tucked away inside the beachfront Holiday Inn, Sam's has become a Patong institution for its consistently excellent US and Australian steaks and accompanying service.

Sea Hag
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 78/5 Permpong Soi III, Soi Wattana clinic Rd. Patong Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 341111
Set back from the beach in a crowded lane, Sea Hag can be a challenge to find but its delicious, authentic Thai food and stylish setting makes it well worth the search. Run by the friendly Khun Kenya, one of Patong's most flamboyant characters (not an easy feat!).

The 9th Floor Restaurant & Bar
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 47 Rat-U-Thid Road, Sky Inn Condotel   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 344311
This 9th floor eatery spectacularly overlooks Patong Bay from a height and serves a range of Mediterranean Food and Alpine specialities accompanied by an extensive selection of wine.

White Box
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 247/5 Phrabaramee Road, Kalim Beach, Patong   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 346271
This vibrant contemporary restaurant and bar right on Kalim Beach serves a great range of cocktails plus modern Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. Enjoy superb sunset views from its rooftop lounge.

Benny's American Bar & Grill
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 5/6 Moo3, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 80 700 1509
Tucked away near the base of the Amanpuri hill is this friendly, small art-deco style bar serving fresh cocktails. Open evenings only with a modest dinner menu of grilled meats and steaks.

Palm Seaside Lounge & Bar
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Moo 3, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66(0) 94 480 0883
Open-air waterfront restaurant with views across Bang Tao bay. Sleek design, wines, cocktails and tasty seafood make for an elegant evening out.

Kathu Shooting Range
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 86/3 Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 323996
Improve your target shooting skills with a range of guns from BBs to semi-automatics. Archery, ATV tours and elephant rides also available.

Banyan Tree Spa
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 33 Moo 4, Srisoothorn Road   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 324374
A luxurious menu of delights including massages, scrubs, body conditioners, facials, beauty treatments, yoga and Ayurveda are carried out in Royal Thai salas in a tropical garden setting.

Cape Spa
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Cape Panwa Hotel, Moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Cape Panwa   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 391123-5 ext 204
Come here for traditional Thai massages, Indian head massages and reflexology plus body scrubs, polishes and wraps. There are also some Jacuzzis, steam rooms and saunas.

Cloud 19 Spa
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Cloud 19 Beach Retreat, 30/10 Moo 8, Aoyon-Khao khad Road, Ao Yon, Wichit   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 200920
Enjoy a soothing Thai or oil massage and body care treatments in an intimate setting that overlooks Chalong Bay, followed by a beachside jacuzzi session.

Balance Spa
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Cape Sienna Phuket Resort, 18/40 Moo 6, Nakalay Road, Kamala   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 337300
Book yourself into this acclaimed sea-view spa to indulge in some serious soothing time. The good range of massage and rejuvenation treatments on offer all use local, natural products.

Baray Spa
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Sawasdee Village, 38 Soi Kat Kwan, Kata Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 330979
With an Arabian-themed setting fit for a king, no sense is left uninspired here at Sawasdee resort's lavish spa. Offers a full range of treatments including its signature stress-relief Kesa head massage.

Tea Tree Spa
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 370200
This luxurious pampering zone features a big menu of massage, facial and body treatments in a serene setting a world away from Patong's hectic beach and streets.

Sun Spa Esthederm
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Twin Palms Phuket, 106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Road, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 316 500
Using products by French cosmetic brand Institut Esthederm Paris, treatments are adapted to restore skin exposed to tropical weather conditions.

Atmanjai Wellness Center
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 27/1 Soi Mittrapap, Friendship Beach, Rawai   Tel No. : +66 (0) 86 276 1535
This healing and detox centre at Friendship Beach Resort features a variety of different spa treatments ranging from relaxing massage, foot reflexology, herbal therapies, aroma therapy, facials, manicures, body scrubs and body wraps. Atmanjai also offers full intensive detox, cleansing and healing programs and daily beachfront yoga sessions.

Atsumi Healing
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 34/18 Soi King Pattana 4, Sai Yuan Road, Rawai   Tel No. : +66 (0) 81 272 0571
This well-regarded retreat and healing centre focuses on fasting and cleansing programmes. It also provides a full range of spa services and workshops for reiki, meditation, tai chi and more.

Baan TaLay Fa Resort Spa
Natai Beach-Phang Nga, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 37/1-2 Moo 5 Pilai Beach, Khok Kloy , Takua Tung, Phuket    Tel No. : +66 (0)76 434507; +66 (0 )81 889 7880
This beachfront boutique resort on Natai Beach operates a cosy spa where excellent massages and a range of spa treatments may be enjoyed in a relaxed setting.

Mandara Spa
Natai Beach-Phang Nga, Phuket, Thailand
Address : JW Marriott Hotel, Moo 3, Mai Khao, Talang,   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 338201
The award winning Mandara Spa complex at the JW Marriott consists of 16 spacious, private double treatment suites and a full-service beauty salon. Treatments include body scrubs, couple's massage, therapy baths and facials using wide range of high-quality imported and natural products. Advance bookings essential.

COMO Shambhala Retreat
Cape Yamu, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Point Yamu by COMO, 225 Moo 7, Pa Khlok, Thalang   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 360100
A spa and wellness centre with yoga sessions, massage, skin treatments and a gym to restore and revitalise the body and mind.

Banyan Tree retail outlet
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 33, 33/27 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 324374
The Angsana spa products are divine, or have a look in the lifestyle-orientated gallery to admire indigenous handicrafts from all over the world.

Lemongrass House
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 106/13 Surin Beach, Moo 3, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 271233
This gorgeous bamboo-lined shop sells heavenly spa products including oils, candles, essential oils, shampoos and soaps, plus you can choose from over 90 natural scents and mix your own.

Cape Panwa Hotel sports facilities
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 27, 27/2 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Cape Panwa   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 391123-5
This seaside hotel has two swimming pools and a tennis court, fitness centre with sauna and scuba diving school, all of which are particularly family-friendly.

Boat Avenue mall
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 49/14 Baandon-Cherng Talay Road   Tel No. : +66 (0) 81 537 9673
Found between Surin and Bang Tao beaches, here's where you'll find imported food and wine at Villa Market supermarket and boutique shops including Katalina and Paul Ropp.

Surin Tesco Lotus Park
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay
The busy Tesco-Lotus supermarket sells fresh produce, seafood, dairy, deli items, canned goods and a small selection of baked goods, plus some wines, beer and spirits (those seeking a better range of wine and baked goods head across the road to Wine Connection). Two bookshops, a Boots pharmacy, fast-food outlets and a small cafe are also found here.

Central Food Hall
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Central Festival, 74-75 Moo 5 Vichit, Phuket Town (corner of bypass and Vichitsongkram roads)
This food centre on the main floor of the big Central Festival mall is anchored by a modern Tops supermarket with a great range of Western specialties, a decent deli and bakery, quality imported meats and seafood, and a good selection of wine, beer and spirits. Stalls and outlets surrounding it sell local snack foods, prepared meals, sushi, coffee, ice cream and drinks, and there's a counter to order fresh sandwiches and soups and dine in the casual seating area. Everything from sauerkraut to sushi to som-tam may be found here.

Tesco Lotus Express
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Roundabout on Pattana Thongthin Road
A small supermarket where you can pick up all the basics including a selection of fresh meats, deli items, cheese, milk, canned foods, cereals, fruit and vegetables, beer and spirits.

Tesco-Lotus Express
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Kamala main road (Route 4233), Kamala
A small supermarket to pick up all the basics including a selection of fresh meats, deli items, cheese, milk, canned foods, cereals, fruit and vegetables, beer and spirits. Those needing a better selection travel south to Carrefour in Patong.

Makro
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 199/1 Patak Road, Kata Beach opposite the PTT petrol station)    Tel No. : `+66 (0) 76 630 300
A smaller branch of the wholesaler supermarket brand sells fresh meats, deli items, cheese, milk, canned foods, cereals, fruit and vegetables, beer and spirits.

Tesco-Lotus Park plaza
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Viset Road, Rawai
The busy Tesco-Lotus supermarket sells fresh produce, seafood, dairy, deli items, canned goods and a small selection of baked goods, plus some wines, beer and spirits. A better range of wine and fresh baked goods are available at the small Wine Connection outlet. A bookshop, several banks, a massage parlour, pizza and ice-cream outlets and a Black Canyon cafe are also found here.

Big C Supermarket
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Jungceylon, Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Paton
A hypermarket occupying two floors of Jungceylon mall, Big C is the place to find a good range of baked goods, fresh local and imported meats and produce, and a large liquor and wine store.

Skyla's Surf & SUP Club
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Bang Tao Beach (next to Bliss)   Tel No. : +66 (0) 825 193 282
Surf and SUP lessons and board rental, surf camps for kids and standup paddle tours by a friendly team. Hosts the annual Thailand SUP Festival each March.

Wat Chalong
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Chao Fa West Road, Amphur Muang
This is Phuket’s most revered Buddhist temple featuring an elaborate chedi that contains a splinter of the Buddha’s bone brought from Sri Lanka in 1999. Listen out for firecrackers set off by devotees to pay thanks for their prayers being answered.

Phuket FantaSea
Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 99 Moo 3, Kamala   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 385000
The nightly show at this 140-acre Thai cultural theme park is a real spectacle with plenty of cutting edge technology and special effects.

Cape Panwa Promenade
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
The pleasant wide sidewalk that lines the shoreline from the Naval base to the Aquarium brings out the locals every evening to enjoy evening walks, and sample the fried snacks and drinks sold off motorbike carts and stands. On the inland side of the road are a handful of souvenir shops, mini-marts and tailors. In the drier months of November-April nightly open markets are held along the walkway, with souvenirs, gifts and local arts and crafts for sale.

Khao Khad Viewpoint
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Soak up the 360 degree panoramas from the tower of this viewpoint atop a verdant hill on Cape Panwa. Enjoy views over Chalong Bay, over the southern islands and over towards Phuket Town.

Cape Promthep viewpoint
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Viset Road, Rawai
Spectacular sunset views from this lofty headland on Phuket's southern tip. Bustling with souvenir and batik shops and the occasional local artists' festival.

Phuket Wake Park
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 86/3 Moo 6 Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 202525
Try some cable ski and wakeboarding action at this purpose-built lake near Kathu waterfall. Beginners welcome with free lessons included with the ticket price. Open 6am to 11pm Daily.

Anthem Wake Park
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 194/6 M.7 Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 620 034
Cable wakeboarding for all ages and abilities on a freshwater lake in Phuket's lush interior. Fun, friendly and a decent restaurant where you can watch all the board action.

Kite Zone
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Viset Road, (Next to Friendship Beach Resort), Rawai   Tel No. : +66 (0) 83 395 2005
Kitesurfing lessons and rental from its main base on Chalong bay or in Nai Yang Beach. Also offers stand-up paddle lessons and rental.

Wine & Taste
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 68 Lagoon Rd, Cherngtalay (near the Laguna Phuket resort complex entrance)    Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 270852
This small shop specialises in wine from Australia, California, France, Italy, Spain and South Africa, and also sells quality wine accessory products. A fun place to browse for sleek, shiny things.

Central Wine Cellar
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay
Located next to the Surin Plaza, come here for a wide range of international wines.

Kata Hot Yoga
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 217 Kokthanod Road, Kata Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 605950
Offering three classes daily in a bright studio, with the occasional morning class on the beach, this is the place to build strength and stamina in an invigorating 90-minute session.

Supa Muay Thai
Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 43/42 Moo 7, Viset Rd, Rawai   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 226495
A Muay Thai kickboxing training centre, this gym offers fight training in this ancient martial art of Thailand plus fitness training, yoga and taekwondo. All levels, from complete beginners to professional athletes, are welcome to come try it out.

Dive 2 Phuket
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Bangtao Beach   Tel No. : +66 (0) 85 654 5185
Discover the fascinating marine life of the Andaman Sea at several sites off Phuket with first-class service.

Dream Beach Club
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Layan Beach, Soi 2, Thalang District,   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 609 888
Set on the beachfront of pristine Layan Beach, Dream sizzles day and night with two swimming pools, poolside cabanas and specialty cocktails. Check its events calendar for DJ parties and themed club nights.

Dedos Restaurant
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 8 Lagoon Rd.Cherng Talay, Talang   Tel No. : +66 (0)76 325 182
With its cosy brasserie style interior and creative flair, Dedos has earned rave reviews for its surprising flavours encompassing Mediterranean, Thai, French and Japanese cuisine.

Surf House Phuket
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Kata Beach Road (4 Pakbang Road), Ban Kata   Tel No. : +66 (0) 81 979 7737
Surf year round at Phuket's only flowboarding venue with a fun party vibe every evening and a casual rooftop bar and restaurant to enjoy the sunsets. Great fun for kids and adults alike.

Kata Rocks Restaurant
Kata, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 186/22 Kok Tanode Road, Kata, Mueng, Phuket 83100   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 370 777
Enjoy fabulous sunsets in bright, chic surrounds at this resort restaurant on Kata's headland. Serves Mediterranean and Thai cuisine highlighting fresh seafood, and puts on special movie nights and brunches on selected Sundays.

Flying Hanuman
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 89/16 Moo 6, Soi Namtok Kathu, Wichitsongkram Rd, Kathu   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 323 264-5
Get ready to fly by zipline adventure on a course that takes you through native jungle and rubber plantations in Phuket's lush interior.

Rollerball Zorbing Phuket
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : Kalim Bay View, Soi 7, Kalim, Patong   Tel No. : +66 (0) 89 872 6532
The concept is simple: climb inside a giant ball and roll with glee down a hillside course, one of which at 190 metres is said to be the longest in the world. Fun for the whole family, for ages 6 and up.

Sizzle Rooftop Restaurant
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address :  Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong, MGallery by Sofitel, Ban Patong, Phuket, Thailand, 83150   Tel No. : +66 (0)76 681 681
Come for the panoramic sea views and linger on for the steaks, barbecued meats and fresh seafood at this open-air restaurant atop the Avista Hideaway resort. Wines, cocktails and blazing sunsets make for a spectacular evening out.

Phuket Heritage Trails
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 124/1 Soi Butsaracome, Wichitsongkram Road, Talad Nua, Muang District, Phuket   Tel No. : +66 (0) 85 158 9788
Learn more about Phuket's rich history, cuisine and culture on this highly praised "meet the locals" walking tour around the Old Town streets.

Central Festival
Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 74-75 Moo 5 Vichitsongkram Rd. Amphur Muang Talat Yai, Vichit (bypass road)   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 291 111
This large shopping centre on the outskirts of Phuket Town is brimming with name-brand shops, local souvenir vendors, a great range of restaurants and bars plus a cinema multiplex showing all the latest films.

Iniala Gourmet
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 49/26 Boat Avenue   Tel No. : +66 (0) 76 324 470
This cheerful cafe in Boat Avenue shopping centre serves decadent sandwiches, salads, freshly baked goods and gorgeous desserts. Dine in or take away.

Bampot
Surin, Phuket, Thailand
Address : 19/1 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Thalang, Cherngtalay, Phuket83110   Tel No. : +66 (0) 93 586 9828
This contemporary 'open-kitchen' restaurant is a fresh and fun place to eat in the Laguna area. The Scottish chef with a golden pedigree serves up delicious European cuisine.

Attractions and things to do
Bang Tao Beach

Banana Rock Beach A hidden gem, Banana Rock Beach (often called Banana Beach) is one of Phuket's last remaining 'undiscovered' west-coast beaches. Located between the five-star Trisara resort and Nai Thon Beach, the only way in by foot is to park at the roadside above and take a pathway down. A fine spot to snorkel or simply relax on the sands.

Bang Tao Beach Backed by the Laguna Resort Complex, Bang Tao Beach is a 5km stretch of sand that’s sprinkled with restaurants and sun worshippers. Here you can laze on the beach or take off on a dramatic horseback ride up the sand.

Banyan Tree Spa A luxurious menu of delights including massages, scrubs, body conditioners, facials, beauty treatments, yoga and Ayurveda are carried out in Royal Thai salas in a tropical garden setting.

Dive 2 Phuket Discover the fascinating marine life of the Andaman Sea at several sites off Phuket with first-class service.

Dusit Thani Laguna Cooking School The secrets behind the glorious tastes and aromas of Thai cuisine are revealed in these classes led by the resort's Master Chef. Prepare a four-course meal and enjoy sampling the fruits of your labour at the end of the session.

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Kids Club This hotel is well set up for kids since it has a dedicated Kid’s Club offering numerous daily activities, a playground and a meandering swimming pool as well as a water sports centre.

Laguna Phuket Golf Club This 72-par 18-hole resort-based golf course boasts a scenic backdrop of steeply rising verdant mountains and panoramic views over the Andaman Sea. Rolling fairways flecked by coconut trees and smoothly moulded bunkers flow nicely and the greens are both large and welcoming with the most challenging two holes saved ‘til last.

Layan Beach Situated to the north of Bang Tao Beach, this stunning stretch of white sand is incredibly serene. Its northernmost stretch is backed by native vegetation and though it's now home to Dream Beach Club it still has a natural feel and rarely gets busy.

Nai Thon Beach Up until very recently, the beautiful white-sand Nai Thon Beach remained well off the tourist track. Though it's now home to some sparkling new resorts and villas, Nai Thon has retained its laid-back charm, with a few sleepy bungalows, restaurants and souvenir outlets sprinkled along its beachfront road. Long-tail boat rental, snorkelling and diving are available.

Phuket Adventure Mini Golf Novices and experienced golfers will have fun making their way around this 18-hole course, with a good restaurant for refreshments and pizza after the game. Suitable for ages 4 and up.

Phuket International Horse Club Enjoy sunset on horseback as you gallop along Bang Tao Beach. Suitable for all abilities, trails take you through grassland, past the golf course and into groves of conifers before finally arriving onto the sandy Bang Tao Beach.

Skyla's Surf & SUP Club Surf and SUP lessons and board rental, surf camps for kids and standup paddle tours by a friendly team. Hosts the annual Thailand SUP Festival each March.

Cape Panwa

Ao Yon beach A perfectly picturesque beach that sees few visitors compared with Phuket’s west coast beaches, and is wonderful for a quiet swim. This sheltered bay attracts many yachties here so expect to see bobbing boats before a panorama of verdant peaks.

Cape Panwa Hotel sports facilities This seaside hotel has two swimming pools and a tennis court, fitness centre with sauna and scuba diving school, all of which are particularly family-friendly.

Cape Spa Come here for traditional Thai massages, Indian head massages and reflexology plus body scrubs, polishes and wraps. There are also some Jacuzzis, steam rooms and saunas.

Cloud 19 Spa Enjoy a soothing Thai or oil massage and body care treatments in an intimate setting that overlooks Chalong Bay, followed by a beachside jacuzzi session.

Khao Khad Viewpoint Soak up the 360 degree panoramas from the tower of this viewpoint atop a verdant hill on Cape Panwa. Enjoy views over Chalong Bay, over the southern islands and over towards Phuket Town.

Old Phuket Town Though Phuket has grown rapidly along its beaches, the island's cultural heart remains in Old Phuket Town. One could spend hours, even days, wandering its busy streets and lanes lined with centuries-old Sino-Portuguese style shophouses, with colourful shops to pop into for local arts and crafts, ornate Chinese temples and a bewildering array of dining choices, from cheap and tasty noodle stands to trendy cafes. Thalang Road, Dibuk Road and Soi Romanee are the main old town streets, best explored when they are turned into a walking street market every Sunday evening.

Phuket Aquarium With over 150 marine and freshwater species on view, this is a great place for the kids to get up close and personal with the weird and wonderful underwater world.

Sea Bees Diving This recommended diving school operates courses under SSI, BSAC and PADI from beginner to professional. They run dive trips out to islands south of Phuket and also to the Similan and Surin Islands in the Andaman Sea.

Topper Sail Phuket This RYA sailing school teaches individuals and groups, children and adults, beginners and advanced sailors. Learn and improve your sailing skills through a step-by-step approach, based on standards and guidelines from the NSSA and the RYA. Sailing dinghy rental also available.

Cape Yamu

Bang Pae waterfall Found within the Khao Phra Thaeo national park (entry fee), this lovely green oasis in Phuket's interior has a walking trail and streams for cooling down. A popular weekend picnicking spot for families.

COMO Beach Club This exclusive beach club on Naka Yai island just minutes away from Cape Yamu offers a private beach, kayaking, kids' club and spa treatments, plus a seaview pool to splash around in. Light meals available at the beach club bar.

East coast islands Within a 30-minute boat ride from busy Phuket lie some of the region's most spectacular islands including the peaceful Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai, best explored by bicycle. Or make a day trip and explore the towering limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay, in rustic local style aboard a long-tail boat or aboard a luxury yacht.

Gibbon Rehabilitation Project This long-running shelter for gibbons and other rescued animals offers an eye-opening education into wildlife poaching and the challenges of re-introducing gibbons to the wild. A handful of these deft primates with a haunting call can be seen in enclosures.

Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort and Spa Set amongst mangrove forests and beside rubber plantations on the island’s northwest coast, this 18-hole course has incredible ocean views from almost every hole with several numbers playing out over the Andaman Sea. Facilities are world-class.

Kamala

Balance Spa Book yourself into this acclaimed sea-view spa to indulge in some serious soothing time. The good range of massage and rejuvenation treatments on offer all use local, natural products.

Coral Seekers There are dozens of speedboat daytrip operators in Phuket but Coral Seekers is a cut above with its dedication to safety and for avoiding the crowds with custom-tailored excursions to the beautiful bays and islands surrounding Phuket. Charter trips to the Phi Phi islands, Phang Nga Bay, Racha Yai and more. They also specialise in organising weddings, corporate/team-building activities and other events.

Kamala Beach This 2.5km crescent-shaped sandy beach between Patong and Surin is ideal for swimming and great for families. Enjoy some decent snorkelling at Kamala's rocky north end, with equipment available to buy from nearby shops. Para-sailing and jet-ski rental are offered in the calmer months of November-April but note that these operators are uninsured. Rent a long-tail boat and explore the bay in local style, or hop over to the nearby Surin or Laem Singh beaches.

Kamala Lawn Bowling Club Phuket's first and only lawn bowling centre welcomes players of all ages and skill levels. Shoes, bowls and towels included. Stop by on Friday afternoon from 3pm onwards to mingle with fellow lawn bowling enthusiasts at the club's weekly barbecue event.

Kamala night market Kamala's Friday night market is on the beachfront opposite Phuket FantaSea. Look for local snacks, fresh food, fruit and vegetables, handicrafts and inexpensive clothing.

Phuket FantaSea The nightly show at this 140-acre Thai cultural theme park is a real spectacle with plenty of cutting edge technology and special effects.

Kata

Baray Spa With an Arabian-themed setting fit for a king, no sense is left uninspired here at Sawasdee resort's lavish spa. Offers a full range of treatments including its signature stress-relief Kesa head massage.

Dino Park Mini Golf This 18-hole mini golf course featuring authentic scale replicas of prehistoric creatures is always a big hit with the kids. Its restaurant is good, too, with cocktails for mum and dad to enjoy.

Karon Beach One of Phuket's most popular beaches, Karon is alive with sun worshippers, speedboat and jet-ski rental operators. Even so, Karon's wide swathe of fine golden sands allows for a windswept, lonely feel even at the height of the tourist season. During the monsoon season months swimming can be dangerous so be sure to heed the red-flag warnings. Impromptu beach volleyball games are regularly played in the late afternoon on the quieter north end.

Kata Beach With glittering soft sands and a shallow bay, Kata Beach is where families seeking fun in the sun set up camp on the sands. In the calmer months of November-April, many enjoy snorkelling or floating on the glassy surface, while the bay is taken over by surfers seeking wave action as the southwest monsoon rolls in. A playpark next to Club Med offers more adventures for the wee ones.

Kata Hot Yoga Offering three classes daily in a bright studio, with the occasional morning class on the beach, this is the place to build strength and stamina in an invigorating 90-minute session.

Kata Noi Beach Quieter and smaller than Kata Beach, Kata Noi, literally "Little Kata", is a pretty bay just around the cape to the north of Kata. Snorkelling, swimming or simply lounging on the sand are the main activities here.

Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking Set high in the hills, this is one of Phuket's better-run elephant camps, offering rides lasting 30-60 minutes through lush jungle, with views out over Kata Noi Beach for those who take the longer tour.

Mom Tri's Cooking Academy Renowned Chef Tummanoon shares his culinary expertise in half-day Thai cooking courses at Mom Tri's Villa Royale that include wine pairing tips and a trip to the local market. Classes are held on the 11th and 24th of every month.

Phuket Big Buddha Sitting between Chalong and Kata at an elevation of over 400 metres, this colossal 45 metre Buddha statue crafted from white Burmese marble enjoys the best 360-degree views of the entire island. It’s located 6km off the island’s main drag. Ring the bells as you make your ascent.

Phuket Scuba Club Among the more ecologically aware dive shops, Phuket Scuba Club offers dives off Karon Beach and day trips out to the Racha Islands and other spectacular dive sites in the region.

Red Mountain Golf Club This 72-par, 18-hole golf course surrounding Crystal Lake was designed to take full advantage of the dramatic tin mine site upon which it was built. Golfers are faced with a number of natural hazards including prevailing winds, meandering lakes and deceptive slopes but these are more than made up for by the sweeping views over Chalong and Phang Nga bays.

Sawasdee Village Thai Cooking Class Delve into Thai culture while enlivening your taste buds by joining this Thai Cooking Class, led by the resort's well-regarded chef. The class includes a visit to the local market to select all the ingredients used in the course.

Surf House Phuket Surf year round at Phuket's only flowboarding venue with a fun party vibe every evening and a casual rooftop bar and restaurant to enjoy the sunsets. Great fun for kids and adults alike.

Nai Harn

Ao Sane Beach Found via a narrow road along the front of The Nai Harn resort (formerly the Royal Phuket Yacht Club) on Nai Harn, this tiny beach offers a pretty place to snorkel and sunbathe on the sands away from the crowds. There’s a small open-air restaurant here serving a selection of Thai and western dishes.

Atmanjai Wellness Center This healing and detox centre at Friendship Beach Resort features a variety of different spa treatments ranging from relaxing massage, foot reflexology, herbal therapies, aroma therapy, facials, manicures, body scrubs and body wraps. Atmanjai also offers full intensive detox, cleansing and healing programs and daily beachfront yoga sessions.

Atsumi Healing This well-regarded retreat and healing centre focuses on fasting and cleansing programmes. It also provides a full range of spa services and workshops for reiki, meditation, tai chi and more.

Cape Promthep viewpoint Spectacular sunset views from this lofty headland on Phuket's southern tip. Bustling with souvenir and batik shops and the occasional local artists' festival.

Kata (Sahm Haad) Viewpoint A popular stop for photo-snappers, found along the winding road between Nai Harn and Kata beaches, this viewpoint offers breathtaking sea views across the three bays: Kata Noi Beach, Kata Beach and Karon Beach.

Kite Zone Kitesurfing lessons and rental from its main base on Chalong bay or in Nai Yang Beach. Also offers stand-up paddle lessons and rental.

Nai Harn Beach Though it seems to get busier with each passing year Phuket’s southernmost beach still has a laid-back vibe. Surfing, snorkelling or simply lazing the day away on the sand are the main daytime activities here while the evenings bring joggers and sunset watchers.

Supa Muay Thai A Muay Thai kickboxing training centre, this gym offers fight training in this ancient martial art of Thailand plus fitness training, yoga and taekwondo. All levels, from complete beginners to professional athletes, are welcome to come try it out.

Wat Chalong This is Phuket’s most revered Buddhist temple featuring an elaborate chedi that contains a splinter of the Buddha’s bone brought from Sri Lanka in 1999. Listen out for firecrackers set off by devotees to pay thanks for their prayers being answered.

Natai Beach-Phang Nga

Baan TaLay Fa Resort Spa This beachfront boutique resort on Natai Beach operates a cosy spa where excellent massages and a range of spa treatments may be enjoyed in a relaxed setting.

Blue Canyon Country Club Frequently rated amongst the best golf clubs in Asia, the award-winning Blue Canyon Country Club is set amongst 700 acres of lush valleys with views of the Andaman Sea and the Phang Nga mountains, just minutes from Phuket International Airport at the northern end of the island. Blue Canyon features two 18-hole courses, the Lakes course and the Canyon course, which share a large clubhouse overlooking a fertile valley. Lessons are available and there's a spa on site to indulge in some after-golf soothing.

Mandara Spa The award winning Mandara Spa complex at the JW Marriott consists of 16 spacious, private double treatment suites and a full-service beauty salon. Treatments include body scrubs, couple's massage, therapy baths and facials using wide range of high-quality imported and natural products. Advance bookings essential.

Thai Cooking Class, Aleenta Resort Aleenta’s Thai Cooking Class commences with a visit to the morning market, where the chef will explain the array of fresh vegetables and fruit while selecting your ingredients for the day. Then it is back to the resort and into one of the kitchens to begin your hands-on, Thai-inspired cooking class.

Patong

Emerald Beach Known by the locals as Tri Trang Beach, this pretty cove just south of Patong features soft sands and calm waters ideal for swimming (with a few rocky bits to watch out for at low tide).

Flying Hanuman Get ready to fly by zipline adventure on a course that takes you through native jungle and rubber plantations in Phuket's lush interior.

John Gray's Sea Canoe Phuket's original eco-warrior kayaker offers guided day trips to the magical islands of Phang Nga Bay. The Hong by Starlight tour where you paddle into a hidden lagoon is a must. Transport to and from Ao Por pier is included with the tour.

Kalim Beach Kalim is a charming, small, rocky beach on the southern side of the Laem Thip headland. It’s much more peaceful than neighbouring Patong, however the surrounding waters are best known for their coral reefs and not the best choice for swimming. At low tide, the beach is a treasure trove of sea-life, but wear shoes as the rocks and coral can be razor sharp.

Kathu Shooting Range Improve your target shooting skills with a range of guns from BBs to semi-automatics. Archery, ATV tours and elephant rides also available.

Loch Palm Golf Club Loch Palm’s picturesque 72-par, 18-hole golf course winds its way around Crystal Lake - the largest water body of any golf course in Phuket - and between rows of shady palm trees before taking to the rolling hills to traverse the slopes.

Patong Beach Patong’s wide, shallow beach is great if you are looking for action in the form of plentiful water sports and crowds, however Karon, Kata or Kamala are better suited to families and those seeking quieter scenes.

Patong Go-Kart Speedway This exciting 750-metre track is designed for all levels of racers and there are a number of kart types ranging from high speed super karts to two seater and kids karts.

Phuket Country Club Situated almost midway between Phuket Town and Patong, this is the island’s longest established course. Twisting through a valley of lush rolling hills and limestone cliffs on the site of an old tin mine, the 18-hole Old Course offers a charming variety of holes which take you through landscaped forests, over level stretches and amidst rolling hillsides. There’s a nine-hole course too for those short on time.

Phuket Heritage Trails Learn more about Phuket's rich history, cuisine and culture on this highly praised "meet the locals" walking tour around the Old Town streets.

Phuket Jungle Bungy Jump Phuket's first bungy operation offers a thrilling 50-metre jump over a lagoon in a lush, natural setting in the Kathu valley. Try a water touch, catapult backwards or tandem jump, or just a plain old leap from a heart-stopping height!

Phuket Wake Park Try some cable ski and wakeboarding action at this purpose-built lake near Kathu waterfall. Beginners welcome with free lessons included with the ticket price. Open 6am to 11pm Daily.

Pum's Cooking School Learn to cook Thai in a light-hearted session tailored to your skills and goals in the kitchen, from a basic 90-minute course to a six-hour intensive class that includes a trip to the local market.

Rollerball Zorbing Phuket The concept is simple: climb inside a giant ball and roll with glee down a hillside course, one of which at 190 metres is said to be the longest in the world. Fun for the whole family, for ages 6 and up.

Scuba Cat This popular dive shop located on Patong's beach road offers day trips and liveaboards to the region's best sites including Racha Yai and Phi Phi islands, and is best known for its high standard of PADI training. Snorkelling trips also available.

Splash Jungle Kids and adults alike will enjoy getting wet and wild at Phuket's only water park with thrilling waterslides, a wave pool and lazy river. Found near Mai Khao Beach in Phuket's quiet northwest coast.

Tea Tree Spa This luxurious pampering zone features a big menu of massage, facial and body treatments in a serene setting a world away from Patong's hectic beach and streets.

Surin

Andaman Cruises Andaman Cruises takes you on a lavish adventure into the vibrant marine playground of Phuket and beyond. Luxury day trip charters aboard sleek motor yachts to Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi islands, the Similans and other islands.

Anthem Wake Park Cable wakeboarding for all ages and abilities on a freshwater lake in Phuket's lush interior. Fun, friendly and a decent restaurant where you can watch all the board action.

Laem Singh Beach Once a 'secret' beach, but now home to dozens of sun-worshippers daily, Laem Singh has become a busy little spot. But this tiny bay reached by steep paths from the road above is still awash with tropical glory with soft white sands and balmy waters to enjoy a swim or snorkel session.

Sun Spa Esthederm Using products by French cosmetic brand Institut Esthederm Paris, treatments are adapted to restore skin exposed to tropical weather conditions.

Surin beach This stunning west-coast beach was one the heart of Phuket's beach club scene but commercial activity was banned by government order and the shoreline is now clear of all buildings. Though cocktails are no longer available here, Surin's white sands and blazing sunsets still inspire.

Pampering
Cape Yamu

COMO Shambhala Retreat A spa and wellness centre with yoga sessions, massage, skin treatments and a gym to restore and revitalise the body and mind.

Restaurant
Bang Tao Beach

360 Degrees Bar This two-level deck-floored restaurant and bar on the hillside above Layan beach offers stunning views of the Bang Tao area plus a great international menu. Come early for sunset.

Bake This chic bakery and cafe just outside the Laguna resort entrance serves delectable pastries, cakes and cookies as well as soups, sandwiches, pasta and sushi. Dine in or ask them to prepare a stylish packed lunch for the beach or your day out on the yacht.

Black Cat Enjoy great-value Thai, French and Italian meals in a casual bamboo-hut setting. The family-friendly Black Cat has long been favourite dining spot for resident expats and visitors seeking to avoid bland, overpriced hotel fare.

Bliss Beach Club On the southern end of the beachfront at Bang Tao, Bliss has become known for its fresh Thai and western dishes and regular DJ parties. Enjoy dining in the shade on the large terrace just steps from the pool, or in the club's cool air-con interior. Its VIP dining room hosts monthly gourmet wine and dine events.

Dedos Restaurant With its cosy brasserie style interior and creative flair, Dedos has earned rave reviews for its surprising flavours encompassing Mediterranean, Thai, French and Japanese cuisine.

Dream Beach Club Set on the beachfront of pristine Layan Beach, Dream sizzles day and night with two swimming pools, poolside cabanas and specialty cocktails. Check its events calendar for DJ parties and themed club nights.

Siam Supper Club Close to the gates of Laguna is this contemporary, international restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and a great wine list. Holidaymakers and local expats alike flock here for its excellent steaks, pizzas and generous desserts.

Tatonka With a menu that innovatively brings together cuisine from around the world, Tatonka offers many unusual and tasty delights. Tapas, sashimi rolls, vegetarian, seafood, pizzas and more, with a good selection of cocktails and wines to wash it all down. Reservations recommended.

Xana Beach Club A chic beachfront restaurant and bar set in the Angsana Laguna resort (formerly the Sheraton) featuring a 35-metre swimming pool, private dining cabanas and a fresh menu featuring tapas, seafood and creative cocktails.

Cape Panwa

Baba Pool Club This stylish rooftop restaurant and bar features wide sea views and a poolside lounge setting that was purpose-built for partying the tropical nights away. Open for lunch too, with a big pool that invites a dine and dip. Popular with the 'hi-so' Bangkok set with prices to match. Try the parma ham truffle pizza and passion-sake tiger prawns.

Cape Panwa Hotel This southern Phuket hotel has a selection of five restaurants and five bars including the famous Sino-Portuguese mansion of Panwa House, an authentic Thai restaurant on the beach.

Sawasdee This cosy, eclectic restaurant is steeped in ambiance with tables set on antique treadle sewing machines and an open front that faces the promenade along Cape Panwa. Excellent seafood, Thai and western meals served with panache and friendliness.

The Cove at Ao Yon Fresh seafood and pizza served in style under swaying palms on the Ao Yon beachfront.

Cape Yamu

Breeze Restaurant and Bar Tucked away inside the Cape Yamu villa estate, this open-air dining spot has become a destination for foodie fans for its flavourful, inventive fare and sunset views. Reservations are a must for Breeze's 'long lazy' Sunday brunches.

Nahmyaa Thai Restaurant An excellent range of Thai dishes including fresh seafood, stir-frys and curries plus a selection of Como resort's healthy Shambhala Cuisine of organic and living enzyme foods.

Peang Prai restaurant Set just outside the entrance to Khao Phra Thaeo national park, this relaxed open-air eatery is the perfect spot to enjoy the lush hilly views while indulging in delicious local seafood dishes.

Kamala

Diavolo Flavourful Thai and Italian specialties, with signature cocktails and an excellent wine selection, all in a serene cliff-side setting affording 270-degree ocean views.

Plum Fine Dining Enjoy Mediterranean food with fresh and organic products in a bright, elegant setting overlooking Kamala Bay. Before dinner, sneak upstairs to enjoy a sunset cocktail and sweeping sea views at the Vanilla Sky rooftop lounge.

Silk Restaurant and Bar For fabulous local fare, live music and a great bar in a contemporary setting, Silk also throws in delicious sea views.

Spicy Duck (Laab Ped) It's all fresh and spicy at this laid-back restaurant, with local favourites including som tam (papaya salad), curries and laab ped (duck salad) on offer at very reasonable prices. Dine in or take away to enjoy with a beach picnic.

Kata

After Beach As its name suggests, this is the place to enjoy a cold sundowner beer and tasty seafood after a day at the beach. Reached via a spectacular drive up along the lush, winding road between Kata and Cape Promthep, this chilled-out dining spot and bar is simply a semi-covered platform stretching out from the hill (though this platform seems to grow wider each year as word has gotten out). Expect a fair amount of Bob Marley music to accompany those amazing sea views.

Capannina Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria This cosy, friendly eatery serves up pastas, salads and pizzas with the freshest of ingredients, all at a very good price. Good selection of wines available to accompany the meal.

Kampong Kata Hill It's a bit of a steep drive to get here, but Kampong's classic Asian ambiance makes the effort worthwhile. Dine on beautifully presented Thai dishes, seafood and western fare while taking in the antiques and hand-crafted decor.

Kata Rocks Restaurant Enjoy fabulous sunsets in bright, chic surrounds at this resort restaurant on Kata's headland. Serves Mediterranean and Thai cuisine highlighting fresh seafood, and puts on special movie nights and brunches on selected Sundays.

Mom Tri’s Kitchen Perched right on top of the rocky headland that divides Kata’s two beaches, this fine dining seaview restaurant boasts international cuisine, a lengthy wine list and excellent service. Best known for its hot crab soufflé, Phuket lobster and Angus beef tenderloin.

On the Rock This longstanding restaurant remains one of Phuket's most romantic with a serene alfresco setting on a rocky perch at the edge of the small headland that juts between Kata and Karon beaches. Great seafood dishes and wines. Try to book early to catch the sunset.

The Boathouse Wine and Grill This award-winning Thai and French gourmet restaurant is well known for its grill and extensive wine cellar that features over 800 labels. Have a nightcap in the Galley Bar afterwards.

Nai Harn

Crepes Village Have a big breakfast feast or evening tapas session in Crepes’ pleasant garden setting with sweet and savoury crepe selections, cocktails, wines and fresh fruit shakes. Crepes runs a good-value Thai cooking class, too, where you’ll learn to make four dishes and visit a local fresh market to shop for ingredients.

Davinci Plaza Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge With Italian favourites from a menu prepared by a Tuscan chef, Davinci serves up both style and flavour in its alfresco dining and lounging areas. There’s a play room for the kids, while sports lovers can catch all the latest F1 and football action on the big-screen TV. Good range of wine and cocktails.

East 88 Beach Lounge Creative cocktails, cold beer, and a splendid tropical setting make this an ideal spot for an afternoon swim and chill-out session. Found on the seafront at Serenity Resort, families are welcome to use the big pool while they savour their Thai or Mediterranean meals. Evenings feature DJ music and theme nights.

Friendship Beach This American-run resort and open-air restaurant is a casual weekend hot spot for local expats, with a big, well-priced menu featuring everything from vegan fare to giant beef burgers. Diners are welcome to use the pool for no extra charge. Live music on Friday and Sunday evenings.

M&M Pizzeria Known across the island for its fresh, generous servings of pasta and wood-fired pizzas, M&M is the place to go for a hearty evening meal. Watch the chefs toss the pizza dough while you relax in the colourful open-air restaurant, or order a takeaway meal. Open daily from 6 pm.

Nai Harn beachfront seafood restaurants Along the Nai Harn beachfront there are a handful of open-air restaurants set just back from the casuarina trees serving up seafood, Western fare and Thai favourites at reasonable prices. Nothing fancy, but the sunset views are superb and the beer is ice-cold.

Nikita's Set on the waterfront in Rawai, Nikita's is one of the island's favourite watering holes. Enjoy a cold beer and great sea views from the garden café-bar, and feel the cool sea breezes as you wine and dine after dark. A great spot to while away a lazy afternoon. Favourites from its big menu include massaman chicken and pizza prepared in the wood-fired oven.

Spoonful of Sugar This cheerful cafe with white picket fence is a fine spot for afternoon tea. Relax and indulge in a homemade slice of cake in the cosy air-conditioned interior or out on the shaded veranda.

Natai Beach-Phang Nga

Natai Restaurant A beachfront evening dining venue with Thai cuisine prepared in traditional style. Natai Restaurant presents distinctive delicacies from different regions of Thailand: Northern, Northeast, Central and Southern. The wine cellar stocks a reasonably priced selection from around the world.

SALA Phuket Resort restaurant Set along the beachfront of Mai Khao in northern Phuket, the SALA offers a stylish dining spot in a peaceful poolside setting. As a honeymoon resort, the SALA specialises in romantic evening meals, and it also puts on a Fisherman’s Catch barbecue on the last Saturday of each month.

The Edge Just steps away from the sands of Natai Beach, The Edge serves up casual fare including healthy sandwiches and easy Thai favourites. Stay on for evening cocktails and enjoy the sunset views with dance, acid jazz and chill out music.

Patong

Acqua A chic restaurant perched on a hillside overlooking Kalim Bay, Acqua serves up a delicious mix of traditional and modern Italian dishes and an award-winning wine selection.

Baan Rim Pa This very popular cliffside restaurant specialises in Royal Thai cuisine and boasts an award-winning selection of wines that can be enjoyed in the Piano Bar.

Baan Yin Dee Boutique Resort This atmospheric restaurant serves up a fusion of Thai and European dishes; think tenderloin steaks, peppered prawns and fine wines accompanied by the tinkling of in-house pianist Charlie.

Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante With authentic Italian food, a fantastic wine selection and breathtaking sea views, Da Maurizio remains a Patong dining icon.

Joe’s Downstairs Situated right on the waterfront, come here for cocktails, tapas and romantic dinners – the views over the sea and Kalim Bay are to die for, especially at sunset.

La Gritta Enjoy dining on Italian food and wine in one of the island’s best Italian restaurants overlooking the ocean and Patong Bay.

Lim’s Restaurant & Bar Come here for great modern Thai cuisine and spectacular art.

Pan Yaah Thai Restaurant Pan Yaah's big menu of authentic, inexpensive Thai food has packed in locals and visitors to its wooden-decked cliff-side perch for more than a decade. Aromatic curries (very spicy if desired), fresh grilled fish, tom yam (spicy prawn) soup and chicken satay skewers are among the favourites. A great spot for a casual lunch or dinners at sunset.

Sam's Steak & Grill A haven of quiet elegance tucked away inside the beachfront Holiday Inn, Sam's has become a Patong institution for its consistently excellent US and Australian steaks and accompanying service.

Sea Hag Set back from the beach in a crowded lane, Sea Hag can be a challenge to find but its delicious, authentic Thai food and stylish setting makes it well worth the search. Run by the friendly Khun Kenya, one of Patong's most flamboyant characters (not an easy feat!).

Sizzle Rooftop Restaurant Come for the panoramic sea views and linger on for the steaks, barbecued meats and fresh seafood at this open-air restaurant atop the Avista Hideaway resort. Wines, cocktails and blazing sunsets make for a spectacular evening out.

The 9th Floor Restaurant & Bar This 9th floor eatery spectacularly overlooks Patong Bay from a height and serves a range of Mediterranean Food and Alpine specialities accompanied by an extensive selection of wine.

White Box This vibrant contemporary restaurant and bar right on Kalim Beach serves a great range of cocktails plus modern Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. Enjoy superb sunset views from its rooftop lounge.

Surin

Bampot This contemporary 'open-kitchen' restaurant is a fresh and fun place to eat in the Laguna area. The Scottish chef with a golden pedigree serves up delicious European cuisine.

Benny's American Bar & Grill Tucked away near the base of the Amanpuri hill is this friendly, small art-deco style bar serving fresh cocktails. Open evenings only with a modest dinner menu of grilled meats and steaks.

Iniala Gourmet This cheerful cafe in Boat Avenue shopping centre serves decadent sandwiches, salads, freshly baked goods and gorgeous desserts. Dine in or take away.

Oriental Spoon Oriental Spoon restaurant at Twinpalms resort boasts a world class Sunday Brunch; seafood, oysters, fish, roasts, desserts and cheeses are all well represented here.

Palm Seaside Lounge & Bar Open-air waterfront restaurant with views across Bang Tao bay. Sleek design, wines, cocktails and tasty seafood make for an elegant evening out.

Surin Bay Inn Situated about 250 metres back from the beach, this family-oriented hotel offers good, solid Thai, international and pub fare at reasonable prices.

Shopping
Bang Tao Beach

Banyan Tree retail outlet The Angsana spa products are divine, or have a look in the lifestyle-orientated gallery to admire indigenous handicrafts from all over the world.

Canal Village This small shopping plaza inside the Laguna resort complex is not the island's liveliest but it is attractively laid out with a good range of boutique shops selling clothing and accessories, handicrafts and souvenirs. In addition to a Jim Thompson silk outlet, there’s a health clinic, minimart, a small children's playground and the pleasant Albatross cafe where you can dine while overlooking the lagoon.

Cozy Company A cluster of shops specialising in antiques, works of art, jewellery, handicrafts, clothing and fine furnishings have been built up along Lagoon Road, better known -- rather inelegantly -- as "the road leading to Laguna Phuket". Among these are Cozy Company, which sells contemporary home decor items and furniture, The Handmade selling high-end stainless steel cutlery, and Silk Wood featuring original works of art and wooden decor products.

Heritage Collection On display and for sale is a gorgeous and eclectic collection of Buddha images, classical Chinese furniture and paintings, terracotta figures and refined Oriental art objects.

Jim Thompson Come and admire the sumptuous silks of the iconic Jim Thompson signature store in Canal Village, Laguna.

Surin Tesco Lotus Park The busy Tesco-Lotus supermarket sells fresh produce, seafood, dairy, deli items, canned goods and a small selection of baked goods, plus some wines, beer and spirits (those seeking a better range of wine and baked goods head across the road to Wine Connection). Two bookshops, a Boots pharmacy, fast-food outlets and a small cafe are also found here.

Wine & Taste This small shop specialises in wine from Australia, California, France, Italy, Spain and South Africa, and also sells quality wine accessory products. A fun place to browse for sleek, shiny things.

Cape Panwa

Cape Panwa Promenade The pleasant wide sidewalk that lines the shoreline from the Naval base to the Aquarium brings out the locals every evening to enjoy evening walks, and sample the fried snacks and drinks sold off motorbike carts and stands. On the inland side of the road are a handful of souvenir shops, mini-marts and tailors. In the drier months of November-April nightly open markets are held along the walkway, with souvenirs, gifts and local arts and crafts for sale.

Central Food Hall This food centre on the main floor of the big Central Festival mall is anchored by a modern Tops supermarket with a great range of Western specialties, a decent deli and bakery, quality imported meats and seafood, and a good selection of wine, beer and spirits. Stalls and outlets surrounding it sell local snack foods, prepared meals, sushi, coffee, ice cream and drinks, and there's a counter to order fresh sandwiches and soups and dine in the casual seating area. Everything from sauerkraut to sushi to som-tam may be found here.

Tesco Lotus Express A small supermarket where you can pick up all the basics including a selection of fresh meats, deli items, cheese, milk, canned foods, cereals, fruit and vegetables, beer and spirits.

Kamala

Kamala Bakery The place to find fresh loaves of bread, croissants, sandwiches and other baked goods plus a range of deli items including cheeses, bacon, hams, sausage, and frozen meats. Dine in or take away.

Tesco-Lotus Express A small supermarket to pick up all the basics including a selection of fresh meats, deli items, cheese, milk, canned foods, cereals, fruit and vegetables, beer and spirits. Those needing a better selection travel south to Carrefour in Patong.

Kata

Kata Fresh Markets Get there early to avoid missing out on the best fruits and veggies at Kata's Somjit daily fresh market, open daily until about 7pm on Patak Road near the PTT petrol station. Those in the know looking for even better-value fresh produce visit the twice-weekly market that sets up on New Kata Road every Monday and Thursday. Even if you're not in the mood to buy, it's a great way to catch a glimpse into Phuket's lively and colourful market life.

Kata Night Markets & Street Shopping Though its street shopping is far less hectic than Patong's, there are plenty of vendors lining the streets of Kata looking to tempt a few baht from you in the evenings. The busiest area is along the main roads and down the little sois (lanes) around T-junction of Kok Thanod Road and Kata Road behind the Kata Beach Resort. Mostly souvenirs, beach wear and cheap handicrafts but there are a few treasures to be found here and there.

Makro A smaller branch of the wholesaler supermarket brand sells fresh meats, deli items, cheese, milk, canned foods, cereals, fruit and vegetables, beer and spirits.

Nai Harn

Tesco-Lotus Park plaza The busy Tesco-Lotus supermarket sells fresh produce, seafood, dairy, deli items, canned goods and a small selection of baked goods, plus some wines, beer and spirits. A better range of wine and fresh baked goods are available at the small Wine Connection outlet. A bookshop, several banks, a massage parlour, pizza and ice-cream outlets and a Black Canyon cafe are also found here.

Natai Beach-Phang Nga

Tesco-Lotus Plaza This mid-sized supermarket in Kokkloy village, about a 10-minute drive from Natai Beach, sells a limited range of fresh produce, seafood, dairy, deli items, canned goods and baked goods, plus some wines, beer and spirits.

Turtle Village This 'village' style mall has two levels and some 3,000 square metres of retail space. Here, you can find gifts, Thai arts and crafts, boutique clothing shops including a Jim Thompson silk outlet and a convenience store. Choices are limited here compared with other Phuket malls including Central Festival in Phuket Town and Jungcelyon in Patong, but for those staying in the north of Phuket or Phang Nga this is the best option.

Patong

Baan Thai Antiques This small shop is chock full of a collection of antiques and traditional arts and crafts including ceramics, carvings, furniture, jewellery, cabinets, silks, vases, bronze ware and decorative items from Thailand and throughout Asia.

Big C Supermarket A hypermarket occupying two floors of Jungceylon mall, Big C is the place to find a good range of baked goods, fresh local and imported meats and produce, and a large liquor and wine store.

Central Festival This large shopping centre on the outskirts of Phuket Town is brimming with name-brand shops, local souvenir vendors, a great range of restaurants and bars plus a cinema multiplex showing all the latest films.

Jungceylon shopping mall This is a more upmarket alternative for those seeking retail therapy. 'That's Siam' basement bazaar is a great place to haggle for handicrafts, fabrics and clothing and find some real bargains in air-conditioned comfort. Enjoy alfresco or indoor dining along the Sino Phuket Zone, where there's a cluster of good cafes.

Patong night market (Bangla road) Soi Bangla turns into a walking street at night. Bangla's bewildering mix of bars and street hawkers make it a fun place to wander and people-watch even if you're not keen to pick up a fake Rolex or cheap T-shirt.

Patong night market (Beach road) Throughout Patong town you’ll find plenty of shop-flanked streets selling all manner of souvenirs plus a number of night markets and entertainment bars. Sidewalks along the beach road (Thaweewong) and Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road near the Royal Paradise Resort complex become lively night bazaars each evening.

Patong night market (Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road) Throughout Patong town you’ll find plenty of shop-flanked streets selling all manner of souvenirs plus a number of night markets and entertainment bars. Sidewalks along the beach road (Thaweewong) and Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road near the Royal Paradise Resort complex become lively night bazaars each evening.

The Deli Supermarket Patong's original delicatessen, The Deli has a great selection of fine wines and fresh local and imported foods including beef, veal, lamb, pork, chicken, cheeses, Parma ham, olives, pickles, artichokes, pasta, frozen seafood, fruits and vegetables and baked goods.

Surin

Boat Avenue mall Found between Surin and Bang Tao beaches, here's where you'll find imported food and wine at Villa Market supermarket and boutique shops including Katalina and Paul Ropp.

Central Wine Cellar Located next to the Surin Plaza, come here for a wide range of international wines.

Island Bliss Phuket Easy resort clothing in beautiful hand-printed cottons and voiles and gorgeous silks for a tropical lifestyle. Stocks Jets swimwear from Australia and Deus swim shorts for the guys.

Lemongrass House This gorgeous bamboo-lined shop sells heavenly spa products including oils, candles, essential oils, shampoos and soaps, plus you can choose from over 90 natural scents and mix your own.

Lola Racks of beautiful kaftans, light cotton dresses, swimwear and bags sold here are perfect for the beach (cash only).

Oriental Fine Art This boutique houses some fine Chinese, Burmese, Laotian and Cambodian antiques and collectibles including a number of elegant Buddha statues.

Soul of Asia This treasure trove in the Surin Plaza is filled with Asian, and particularly Chinese, antiques, artwork, rugs and porcelain.

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