Phuket, Thailand


The pearly white, palm- and casuarina-fringed beaches that ring Phuket’s southern and western coasts are the island’s key bounty. Each beach is different, from the northwest’s upmarket Surin and Ao Bang Thao (with their luxe resorts and, in Bang Thao, glossy beach clubs) to mellow, jungled Rawai on far south Phuket, or the infamous west-coast sin city of Patong, home of hangovers and go-go bars.

Phuket has a tropical monsoonal climate. It’s warm all year round, but it is hottest from April to May and from September to October. The July – October period is also the wettest, because of the southwest monsoon.


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Sailing Routs

Things to do
  • East-coast capital Phuket Town delights with its eye-opening museums, Peranakan cooking, Chinese shrines and historic mansions and shophouses done in characteristic Sino-Portuguese style. Major temples stand in Chalong and Thalang, while two national parks and a smattering of wildlife sanctuaries await exploration in the island's northern reaches. Even a speedy trip up into the hills behind Kata to Big Buddha connects you to modern-day Phuket's pulse.
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Sailors Tips

  • There are direct flights into Phuket International Airport (HKT). It takes approximately 20mins via Taxi to get to the Marina. Taxis are readily available outside the airport and will cost between 800 to 1200 Thai Baht.
  • Renting a car? Great! Drives on the left.
  • The local currency is Thai Baht.

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