Phuket, with 540 square kilometres of land area and several
sandy beaches, is a diverse and fascinating island to explore.
A rich culture, a beautiful coastline, spectacular natural
sights, loads of outdoor sports and activities, shopping,
nightlife and dining are just a few of its many attractions.
The beaches of
Phuket remain the primary draw here, and few islands can
boast of such an abundance of sandy beaches and clear waters
The winding coastal roads along the west coast offer stunning
views and easy access to some of the world's finest beaches.
Whether one wants to sample the frenetic pace of Patong or
find solitude on a remote stretch of sand in the north, Phuket's
beaches have it all for the sun seeker.
The natural wonders of the mainland, just beyond Phuket over
the bridge at the north of the island, are close at hand.
Khao Lak boasts a stunning long, golden coastline and a lush,
hilly interior, while Khao Sok to the northeast is one of
Thailand's last remaining virgin forests with huge lakes,
towering limestone mountains and an abundance of tropical
flora and fauna. The islands surrounding Phuket each offer
unique sights of their own, and are easily accessible within
an hour or two by boat.
Many have excellent snorkelling and diving sites, while others
simply offer nice patches of sand on which to spend a quiet
day. To reach them, hire a long-tail boat or charter an island-hopping
tour. Accommodation is available on a number of the islands
- some of it rustic, some very exclusive.