The island’s capital, Phuket Town, is the place to go to for delving deeper into the culture and history of the province. There you’ll find 19th-century mansions, Chinese and Thai temples, and the Phuket Culture Centre, which houses a rich collection of folk arts. If you want to take a panoramic shot of the town, climb the 500-metre Khao Rang Hill.
However, many of Phuket’s main attractions lie outside the town. Trekking through the island’s jungles is particularly popular, as is lounging around on its many beaches.
For a unique wildlife experience, head to the government-certified Siam Safari Nature Tours, which offers elephant-trekking expeditions. For beach adventures, Patong, Kata and Karon are the common first stops on a trip to Phuket, but there are many quieter stretches of sand to discover.