Phuket - Phang Nga and Khao Lak
Enjoy an all-year-round warm climate, pristine beaches, tasty cuisine and much more on this beautiful tropical island in the Andaman Sea. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and the most developed, providing plenty of hotels, entertainment, shopping and dining for visitors. And although development is continuing to grow, the majority of this paradise island is lush mountains with 60% of the land covered in forest, rubber and palm oil plantations.
The west coast beaches are the most popular areas for travellers, in particular Patong, the beating heart of the island. Patong has an exciting beach and night life with the biggest concentration of hotels catering to all tastes and budgets from worldwide chain resorts to local guesthouses. Other popular west coast beach destinations Kata, Karon, Kamala, Surin, Bangtao and more, each offering a unique ambiance from family friendly to chic and stylish.
The charming east coast is more tranquil and has hidden delights such as Cape Panwa and Cape Yamu with boutique hotels and delicious restaurants offering wonderful views away from the mass tourist crowds. Phuket Old Town offers a completely different vibe to the beaches, where visitors can stay and explore the Sino-Portuguese architecture, museums, art galleries, cafes and local cuisine while staying at quaint guesthouses or large city hotels.
Phuket is also well placed to explore the many small offshore islands such as Racha Islands, Coral Island, Ko Lone to name just a few. The gorgeous Phi Phi Islands and Phang Nga Bay are also within easy reach and make for unforgettable day trips or overnight stays.