In a land with some of the world’s finest beaches, it takes a lot to stand out. But Phuket, Thailand’s most famous resort has found a way to do it.
Whether it’s the crystal-clear water of the Andaman Sea, or the hazy brown sand, or if it’s the fact that film directors fall in love with the scene so much they are constantly raising it on the silver screen (check out its starring role in The Man with the Golden Gun).
If you want a lively beach with lots of things to do – watersports, restaurants – you should head for Karon or Kata. These, big, spectacular stretches of sand have a villagey feel to them. But if you want somewhere quieter, there’s Mai Khao, with its sweep of endless white sand.
Phuket is famous for its night life, and when the sun goes down, the party starts. The beaches jump with bars, full moon parties and nightclubs. For the biggest buzz, you want to see Patong beach which never sleeps. For parents and children Bang Tao Bay and Naka Island, a four-mile stretch beach, is home to several luxurious and intimate resorts with all the amenities including tennis and golf courses
Laying out in the sun is all very well, but after a while you’ll be itching to try the huge number of activities from scuba diving to canoeing, fishing, kite-surfing, water surfing, jet skiing and rafting.
For a day trip, you can hang out in Phang Nga, a stunning bay home to the beautiful ‘Leaning Rock’ and Naga Pearl Farm, which houses the world’s largest pearl.
Travellers can take a speedboat to Phi Phil Island’s Maya Bay to sunbath on a secluded beach, where Leonardo Dicaprio was featured in The Beach, which was all about the island paradise you will want to discover for yourself.