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Welcome to HotelGuide.Networks' directory of hotels and hotel reviews for Phuket, Thailand!
The Phuket islands, just off the west coast of Thailand's southern peninsula (halfway between India and China) are in the Andaman Sea, between cities of Bangkok and Singapore, at the northern border of Malaysia. Customs, art and architecture of the region, brought by centuries of trade throughout Indochina passing through the port of Phuket, bear the influence of many Asian cultures -- hybrid, complex and mysterious. Phuket's restaurants and cultural venues generally provide more consistent quality than those in the countryside. Greater Phuket offers a host of lodging options from full-service resorts to intimate bungalows in waterfront or hillside settings. In Thailand's tropical region and surrounded by palm and coconut plantations, Phuket -- getting dramatic monsoons in summer -- became a household word worldwide, after sustaining enormous tsunami devastation in December, 2004.
Despite phenomenal damage, much of the island administrative and emergency services were untouched, enabling many resorts to quickly recover from the unprecedented ordeal. All major roads remained open, with water and electricity continuous, except in areas where damage was heaviest. Phuket airport has buzzed with post-tsunami relief activity involving international agencies and with tourists continuing holiday plans to find their accommodations fully operational. On Kamala Beach, sustaining the heaviest, most widespread damage of any Phuket beaches, the Kamala Bay Garden Resort remains open after reporting no significant damage. The Kamala Bay Terrace Resort, Kamala Beach Hotel and Resort and Kamala Dreams Resort are closed for restoration and upgrades until at least August, 2005. On Layan Beach, the Layan Beach Resort, set well back from the shoreline, sustained beach erosion, but no room damage. On BangTao Beach, the internationally renowned Laguna Phuket complex reports only 50 of its 1,100 rooms were put out of commission. Laguna Beach Resort guests are sunbathing under blue skies at five hotels including the Banyan Tree Phuket, Dusit Laguna Resort, and Sheraton Grande Laguna.
The south end of Bangtao with its lovely bungalow hotels was not so fortunate, with many not likely to reopen soon, and others simply swept away. On Surin Beach, the new Twinpalms Resort nearest the beach reports no damage while operating at full capacity. Flooding destroyed the Amanpuri's gym and beach, but the rest of the property is operating normally. Although Nai Yang Beach south of the airport was decimated, two main hotels -- the Crown and Pearl Village Hotel -- sustained only nominal damage. At the Andaman White Beach Resort, set well up the hillside, staff reported damage only to the resort's dive center and new beach bar, which ironically opened on Christmas, only a day before arrival of the treacherous wave. To make the best informed choices, be sure to inquire about conditions before booking accommodations.
We have organized our listings of Phuket's local hotel accommodations into several geographic areas and alphabetically. You can begin browsing for hotels in the Greater Phuket area by selecting one of the links shown below.
Hotels located north of the Kamala area. Phuket International Airport (HKT) is located 19 miles north of Phuket Town.
Hotels located in the southern portion of the Island including Phuket Town area.
·South Phuket Island Beaches
Hotels located near the beautiful beach areas of the Island including Patong Beach, Karon Beach and Kata Beach. This area is the most concentrated area for accommodations, nightclubs, restaurants and shopping.
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Area Facts: Tailor made clothing in Thailand is surprisingly inexpensive by Western standards. The time in Thailand is 7 hours ahead of London. The international dialing code for Thailand is 66.
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