How Long Should You Stay in Phuket

An enchanting island in Thailand, Phuket offers something for everyone from relaxation to adventure and much more. The question is: How long should you stay in this Thai haven? Read on to find out the answers!

What to Keep in Mind 

Planning your getaway requires thoughtful consideration. With diverse annual leave allowances, budget constraints, and unique interests, there’s no universal formula. However, each option presented below ensures an unforgettable experience. Whatever your choice, look to find beachside accommodation like what’s on offer at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort which caters to couples, families, and adventurers alike. Such properties make an ideal base and feature pool villas, a kids’ club, a spa, dining options and plenty of activities too.

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03 to 04 Days

For those with limited time, a 3–4-day escapade unveils the essence of Phuket. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the scenic shorelines at the Layan, Patong, Kata or Freedom Beaches. Try water sports like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, discover the charm of Old Phuket Town and visit iconic Phuket attractions such as the Phuket Big Buddha and Wat Chalong. Cap it off with the vibrant nightlife of Patong and, if time permits, embark on an enchanting excursion to Phang Nga Bay.

02 Weeks

Opting for a 2-week sojourn allows a leisurely exploration of the island’s diverse offerings and is ideal for a year-end holiday. In addition to what’s mentioned above, there’s plenty more to do; you can enjoy excursions to the idyllic beaches of the Phi Phi Islands and encounter marine life while snorkelling at the Similan Islands and Koh Weao. Don’t miss the chance to also indulge in a sunset cruise aboard a traditional Chinese junk at Phang Nga Bay, go diving or tee off at one of the picturesque local golf courses.

01 Month or More

For an extended escape, a month-long staycation or workcation beckons. Beyond the mainstream attractions and things to do, you can delve into rewarding experiences at certain luxury resorts in Phuket. For example, you can look to join a Thai cooking class, learn the local language, or enjoy wine-tasting sessions. Some properties will additionally give you the chance to practise Muay Thai, a traditional martial art as well as experience a holistic wellness retreat to help you find that balance for mind, body, and spirit.