Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

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The pearl of the Andaman Sea

In a nutshell, Phuket is a dream destination: A mythical tropical island with stunning scenery and untouched beaches that also happens to have modern, highly developed infrastructure, luxury resorts and spas, international cuisine, and some of the best nightlife in all of Asia. But the real highlight here is the incredible natural surroundings.

Phuket is a haven for water sport enthusiasts. Swim or snorkel to explore the world beneath the waves in the easily accessible reefs off Patong, Karon, and Kata beaches. The more adventurous can try their hand at free diving, surfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, or even deep-sea fishing. For a different vantage point, rent a sea canoe and explore some of the grottoes in Phang Nga Bay, many are only accessible by water. And even though there is plenty to see on Thailand’s largest island, many of the surrounding smaller islands like Ko Haie, Ko Racha Yai, and Ko Phi Phi are the perfect for quick day trips.

Though daytime is the right time for fun in the sun, Phuket comes alive after dark. Patong is one of the party capitals of Asia, and there’s no shortage of clubs, bars, pubs, restaurants, and parties to keep you entertained.

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WAT PHRA THONG TEMPLE

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WAT PHRA THONG TEMPLE

WAT PHRA THONG TEMPLE

Wat Phra Thong Temple houses a famous half buried Buddha image and Buddhist learning center for monks. In this same area you will find the Khao Phra Taew National Park with an unspoiled jungle, displays on rainforest ecology, and a small waterfall.

SEA GYPSY VILLAGES

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SEA GYPSY VILLAGES

SEA GYPSY VILLAGES

The villages along the beaches of Ko Siray, Ban Sampam and Rawai are home to thousands of fishermen and pearl divers. Due to the exposure of sun and sea, most children’s hair is a reddish colour.

Phang Nga Bay

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Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise through the surrealist landscape of limestone stacks including Kao Ping Gun Island and Koh Panyi, a water village where more than 200 houses were built on stilts with attached wooden walkways. Enjoy a late lunch and a visit to Suwan Khuha Cave Temple.

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Phuket, Thailand At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 7°58'51.78"N 98°21'49.98"E
Size: 576.00 KM2 (222.39 MI2)
Population: 600,000
Density: 1,042 Pop/KM2 (402 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +66

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