Phuket is a dream destination renowned for its sun, sand and sea. Whether you are travelling to enjoy the beach life, or an enriching experience through nature, adventure and culture, Phuket has something for everyone.
Novotel Phuket Phokeethra is located in the heart of Phuket Town, offering 180 stylish suites and rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, lobby lounge, Leticia Spa, swimming pool, gym with 24 hours access, and meeting facilities. Indulge in luxury as you overlook 360-degree views of tropical lushness and the expansive ocean in this Novotel hotel in Phuket. Each room and suite is designed with a touch of class, featuring LIVE N DREAM bed design, modern décor, a large rain shower and premium bathroom amenities. A panoramic view of the glorious Phuket Town awaits you at the Estrela Sky Lounge, a rooftop bar which becomes even more beautiful during sunset. Savour creative tapas and delicious cocktails here in a chic ambience at this sunset bar. For more western and Asian delicacies, visit Amor Restaurant, the elegant all-day dining restaurant. Meanwhile the Lua Lobby Bar serves as the perfect venue for an afternoon coffee or evening cocktail in a contemporary setting.
This newly opened hotel in Phuket city center is the premier venue for meetings, incentives, conferences and events. The hotel offers 1,300 square meters of modular meeting and banquet facilities, including a splendid 950 square meters ballroom with a large pre-function area. Whether you are hosting a high-profile conference in Phuket, an annual board meeting, exclusive event or exhibition, events at this best hotel in Phuket Town will delight delegates, families and friends.
Celebrate the most anticipated day of your life in Novotel Phuket Phokeethra with a tailor-made dream wedding at Phuket. Personal wedding consultants at the hotel are dedicated to ensure your wedding is the most memorable day of your life, custom-designed to reflect your style and personality. Your wedding will be a fairy tale experience for you and your guests.
The idyllic hotel is located close to the historic Sino-Portuguese quarter, making it the perfect choice for business and leisure travellers. Guests are able to walk only a short distance to shopping malls, markets, art galleries, cultural sights, restaurants, and are only few minutes’ drive from the nearest beach.
We have compiled a list of the top places to visit in the island, so you no longer need to worry where to go in sunny Phuket.
Phuket Old Town
Phuket Town is the capital of the province of Phuket and is an attraction in itself. The most picturesque district of Phuket City is its historical Old Town: a 400,000 square meter area delimited by Dibuk Road to the North, Thepkasattri Road to the East, Ratsada Road to the South, and Patiphat Road to the West. In this historically rich part of town, you will find shrines, temples, ornate and beautifully preserved shop houses, quaint cafés, tiny printing shops, impromptu private and public museums and even a mini ex-red light district. Visit the local markets near the bus station and explore the tiny streets here and there to discover some incredible abandoned mansions. Phuket Old Town was built on riches reaped from Phuket’s tin boom of last century. In this quarter of the town, you will see grandiose Sino-colonial mansions, once occupied by Phuket’s tin barons of 100 years’ ago. The area is compact enough to stroll around in; the best time to do this is early in the morning or after the day has lost its heat.
Temples in Phuket
While the sun is still out, visit one of Phuket’s 29 Buddhist temples. Wats, or Buddhist temples, are among the most important symbols of Thailand, partly because the majority of Thais are Buddhist and partly because they are so beautiful. The island’s most frequently visited and biggest temple is Wat Chalong, located at the Chao Fa West Road. The temple was made and built in the nineteenth century. Wat Chalong has been extending a warm welcome to visitors for over a century. The Grand Pagoda dominating the temple contains a splinter of Lord Buddha’s bone. The pagoda is decorated with wall paintings depicting the Buddha’s life story and also features various Buddha images. The temple is open from seven in the morning to five in the afternoon.
Phuket’s Big Buddha
It is one of the island’s most important and revered landmarks on the island. The huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and, at 45 metres tall, it is easily seen from far away. The lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island, with sweeping vistas of the island. This spot additionally serves as a gallery and museum portraying the historical backdrop of the Big Buddha. Easily reachable via a six-kilometre road leading from Phuket’s main artery route, it is a must-visit island destination.
Jui Tui Shrine
It is a popular Chinese temple, crucial in the lives of the islanders. Located on Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road, not far from Phuket’s main market, it’s a must-see site for all newcomers to Phuket as one of the oldest and the most respected spiritual centres around. Locals often gather here to celebrate as well as to share their sorrows and hard times in life. The principal Chinese deity here, Tean Hu Huan Soy, is very much counted as a senior family member by locals. The shrine plays a pivotal role in the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. During this time, local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. Entranced devotees known as “Ma Song” perform sacred rituals such as walking barefoot over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs. The ceremonies of the festival take place in the vicinity of the six Chinese temples scattered throughout Phuket, with the main temple being Jui Tui shrine.
Shop at Phuket Town Weekend Night Market
Known by the locals as Naka Market and sitting just a little way from Phuket Town is a night market like no other. There are all sorts of things to buy such as fruits, old curiosities, animals and clothes. A popular event with both the locals and tourists, it is best to arrive late afternoon to ensure you get a good look around before it becomes packed. Make the most of the cheap local foods on sale like the golden buttered corn on the cob.
Phuket FantaSea Show
Offering entertainment on a grand scale, the Phuket Fantasea Show is a 140-acre complex that is filled with a range of entertainment and activities for all. There is a 4000 seat restaurant serving up a humongous buffet of both Thai and international food, a Las-Vegas style theatre show that showcases the best of Thailand’s myths and mysteries. A carnival village, shopping complex and handicrafts section also compete for your time and attention. With so much to do, it is best to arrive early to give yourself the time to see it all.
Simon Cabaret Show
For over two decades, the now very famous Simon Cabaret Show has wowed tourists to Phuket with the most beautiful of lady boys performing night after night. It’s a one-hour spectacular display of colour, originality and fun. Extravagant costumes, make-up and sets take the audience from Egypt to Latin America to China and back to Thailand in themed displays of classical dance and song.
Muay Thai Boxing
One of the most popular spectator sports in Thailand, and now gaining global momentum, is the martial art form of Muay Thai Boxing. The furious punches, crushing elbow strikes, lethal kicks and artful feints are even more riveting when seen live. Witness the passion and drama of Thailand’s national sport amidst crowds of onlookers whose cheers blend with the strains of high-pitched Javanese clarinets, and drums and finger cymbals that accompany the fights from beginning to end. For tourists in the Patong Beach area, nightly displays of Thai Boxing are carried out in specially built stadiums on Soi Sai Namyen.
Phuket City Nightlife
Bangla Road in Patong is the notorious heart of all Phuket nightlife, and the battle for night supremacy is raging between Beer Bars, Live Music, Night Clubs and of course, Go Go Bars! Over the years, the centre of interest has been moving up and down Bangla road depending on seasons and popularity but the ever changing face of Patong nightlife is definitely worth a look. Of course, wherever you go in Bangla, friendly girls will call you with a big smile and encourage you to have a drink and play a few silly bar games because everyone is welcome.