Phuket is what every western traveler thinks of when it comes to Thailand beaches. It is actually a large island sitting in Andaman Sea, with number of beaches stretching on the west side. Most of the action is concentrated on Patong Beach, with seclusion found at Laguna and Kamala beaches. If super-quiet, secluded, clear-blue waters are your goal, you will actually need to head off-shore to Phi Phi Islands.
Phuket International Airport (airport code: HKT) is served by number of airlines. Recommended: Thailand Air from Bangkok, and JetStar from Singapore, both only an hour flight away. Once in town, the best mode of transportation is taxi or tuktuk. Negotiate rate before getting in taxi, consult standard taxi rate sheet to get idea what you should pay.
Where to Stay - Patong
If you are single-guy or gal looking for lively nightlife and non-stop action, Patong is your place to be. Don't expect much from Patong beach - crowded, muddy water, lots of vendors. Best choice of Patong hotel: B-Lay Tong Hotel, at the northern end of Patong Beach. Small and quiet, with nice pool, views and good-size rooms, yet only 5 minutes away from all wild commotion of Bangla Road.