Today, Phuket is Thailand’s most popular beach town. However, decades ago, Phuket was the hotspot for entrepreneurs and merchants. Businessmen from Arabian Peninsula, China, India and Portugal used to flock to this town for rubber trees and tin mines. This has given Phuket an eclectic history where streets are lined with Sino-Portuguese architecture and Chinese Taoist shrines dot the alleys and corners. It is the biggest tourist spot in Thailand and there are great beaches, adventurous activities and beautiful temples to visit. Enjoy the majestic limestone islands by taking a cruise through the emerald waters around the town. Shop for a crazy assortment f souvenirs at the Naka market, also known as the Phuket Weekend Market. Eat street food and buy everything, from DVDs to quirky and fashionable clothes. Water babies, don a suit and go diving and snorkelling around the islands. Laem Singh Beach, Ao Sane, Ya Nui, and Surin are some of the best beaches to go snorkelling and diving while in Phuket. Go a little offbeat and visit the distinctive temples. Don’t miss out on Wat Chalong, Grand Pagoda and at least a few of the 29 Buddhist monasteries.
With a tropical climate, the weather in Phuket ranges from warm to rainy. It never gets too cold here. The peak season is from November to February when it's cool and dry, after which it remains quite hot until May. Monsoon season begins mid-May and goes on till October.
For Budget Travellers: INR 2,500 to INR 3500 a day
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 6000 to INR 7000 a day
For Luxury Travellers: INR 16000 and upwards
All Indian passport holders can avail a Visa on Arrival in Thailand, valid for 30 days. However, if you are entering Thailand by land via Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia without a prior visa, you will only get a 15 day visa. The price is 1,000 Thai Baht or INR 2,100 (approximately).