1 - Nightlife: When it comes to bars, nightclubs and party atmosphere, it is pretty hard to beat Phuket.
2 - Beaches: Aside from the big beach resorts with para-sailing, jet-skis and wall to wall people, there are dozens of smaller, more pristine beaches that are far less crowded.
3 - Food: Nowhere in Thailand will you find the variety and quality of foreign and local cuisine.
4 - Easy access: Many people fly direct from overseas to Phuket International Airport, as apposed to having to take buses or ferries to some of the other islands.
5 - Entertainment: Aside from nightlife, there are many things to do in Phuket, so many activities, tours and shows.
6 - Shopping: Whatever you want to buy, it will surely be available in Phuket. There are several giant shopping centers, and no shortage of street vendors and outdoor markets.
7 - Gateway - Phuket is a gateway to smaller islands like Phi Phi and Koh Lanta.
1 - Cost: Of all the places you could travel to in Southeast Asia, Phuket is one of the most expensive. Hotels, food and entertainment will cost almost twice as much as other popular destinations in Thailand and around Asia.
2 - Transportation: The lack of public transportation is a serious issue in Phuket, taxis are outrageously expensive, and they are controlled by local mafia that has a reputation for violence.
3 - Safety Concerns: Driving a motorbike in Phuket could be one of the most dangerous things you could do, and if that doesn't scare you, then the staggering amount of questionable suicides and unexplained deaths surely will.
4 - Corruption: The local police force are notorious for extorting tourists any chance they get, while this happens all over Asia, it happens more frequently in Phuket.
5 - Crowds: During the high season (Nov - Mar), the beaches are wall to wall with people, and everywhere you go you are fighting crowds of tourists.
6 - Sleaze: Patong Beach is one of the sleaziest places on the planet, there are male, female and even transgender sex trade workers everywhere you look.
7 - Scams: Tourists are constantly getting scammed by con men, jet-ski rental operators and various other scams.