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Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach: Luxury resort with free WiFi and free parking. Located in a shopping district.
Multiple bottles of sunscreen?
That dense literary novel you’re going to pretend to read?
All right, you’re ready to live it up in Phuket, which is basically synonymous with “hit the beach”. Thailand’s largest island is where the beaches and the party are at every day of the week (and twice on Sundays).
Plenty of Phuket hotels give you direct access to the hot sand and glorious waves, but even if you booked your rooms inland, Phuket car rental from Wotif will ensure that you don’t lose any time working on that perfect tan.
It may be tempting to stop at the first beach you find, but the island offers endless kilometres of shoreline, so don’t be afraid to explore. You’ll find the biggest parties on Patong Beach, but also the biggest crowds.
If you’re looking for a quieter strip of sand to catch a snooze, slurp your fried noodles in peace, or test your kite-surfing skills, visit Nai Thon or Nai Yang Beach instead.
If you don’t want to rely on the local tuk-tuks or songthaews every time you want to go to a new destination, use Wotif to save on car hire in Phuket.
Is sand starting to collect in uncomfortable places? It might be time to fold up your beach towel and see what else Phuket has to offer.
Rev the engine of your Phuket car hire and drive 13km inland to Phuket Town. Enjoy funky art galleries, tons of cheap eats and a rollicking nightlife.
Phuket Town is a great place to stock up on cheaply tailored suits as well as the country’s famous pearls. If you’d prefer pearls of wisdom, drive east to Naka Kerd Mountain, where you can contemplate the meaning of life next to a huge white marble statue of Buddha.
Whether you want to party or pray (or both) in Phuket, Wotif’s Phuket packages can supplement your budget. That could mean more drinks, more pearls, or our personal pick…more fried noodles!