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Phuket

Phuket is the ultimate tropical paradise for a reason – it has the climate, it has the beaches, and it has the beauty.

Phuket might spell 'party' to many in the large crowd winging their way to its three good-time beaches of Kata, Karong and Patong. But Thailand’s biggest island has such a dizzying blend of exotic landscapes, stunning beaches and curious cultures that you can pretty much spell Phuket anyway you want.

But a gem is most certainly what Phuket is – though maybe emerald would be the stone of choice. This almost fifty-kilometre long island is surrounded by seas that shimmer between azure, turquoise and emerald-green, and is crowned by a verdant green canopy of forested mountains. The best place to start your Phuket experience is at one of its beautiful beaches – though surprisingly many are not as crowded as you might think.

Family-friendly is written in the sands of Kamala Beach, tucked behind a hill south of Surin, and which boasts a safe, clean and quiet beach. Just north of it is the little hide-away cove of Laem Singh Beach. Once a secret haven below the cliffs, it is now immensely popular, but still holds onto its jungle-clad beauty. Take a long drive south of Patong, and you'll find the low-profile, well-ordered paradise that is Kata Noi Beach. Sun-worshippers, thrill-seekers and taste-questers are served in equal measure by its beach, buzz and great restaurants.

Drive as far down as you can, and you'll reach the iconic beauty of Promthep Cape, a dramatic rock splinter at the very southern tip of Phuket. Here, even the local Thai people crowd on the cliff-top at sunset, to capture its wide open ocean views. One of the often-missed gems of Phuket's beach scene lies nearby – Nai Harn Beach. It's another peaceful stretch of white sand that begs to be snorkelled, surfed or maybe just admired. And looking over all these neglected south-side beaches is the towering white splendour of the Big Buddha. Only erected in the last few years, this massive 46-metre high statue stares meditatively from the heights of the Nakkerd hills.

But rather than its beaches, the island of Phuket is becoming better known for the myriad of island beauties scattered around its coast. The Ao Phang Nga National Park is a staggering collection of these limestone shards, thrusting out of a calm sea. Home to some amazing marine wildlife and astonishing sea-caves, it also hosts a celebrity island. Khao Phing Kan is better known as James Bond Island, thanks to its connection to the film The Man with the Golden Gun.

And talking of celebrities, the most famous of all Phuket's island treasures are the Phi Phi Islands, 32 kilometres west, whose superlative scenery earned them the starring role in The Beach. So Phuket does do 'party', and it does do 'fun' – but it also does 'spectacle' like few other places on Earth.


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Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay NZ$110
Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

8/18-19 Moo 6, Kamala
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 399 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Kamala hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kamala Beach and Tsunami Memorial. Phuket Fantasea is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

    Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach NZ$98
    Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach

    Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach

    14/2 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 1,092 reviews
      5.0 out of 5.0

      Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Karon Beach, Karon Market, and Karon Temple. Dino Park Mini Golf and Kata Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Amari Phuket NZ$181
      Amari Phuket

      Amari Phuket

      2 Meun-ngern Road, Patong
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 885 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this Patong resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tri Trang Beach, Patong Beach, and Bangla Road. Freedom Beach and Simon Cabaret are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Katathani Phuket Beach Resort NZ$155
        Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

        Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

        14 Kata Noi Road, Karon
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 1,349 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Kata Beach resort is within a 15-minute walk of Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa NZ$108
          Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa

          Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa

          88 Moo 7, Prunai, Ko Yao
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 1,585 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Located on Koh Yao Yai island, this luxury resort is a 20-minute speedboat ride from Phuket. The resort has its own private white sand beach, and premium snorkeling locations. An 8-minute ride by ferry boat takes guests to Koh Yao Noi, the other large island in the archipelago.

            Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort NZ$119
            Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

            Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

            Laguna Phuket, 323 Moo 2, Choeng Thale
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 798 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Nestled on the beach, this Choeng Thale hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bang Tao Beach and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Surin Beach and Pansea Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach NZ$137
              Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach

              Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach

              92 Moo 3, Baan Na Tai, Naiyang Beach, Sa Khu
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 224 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Nestled on the beach, this Sa Khu hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Nai Yang Beach, Mai Khao Beach, and Sirinat National Park. Nai Thon Beach and Blue Canyon Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa NZ$108
                Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa

                Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa

                284 Prabaramee Road, Patong
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 1,086 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Offering direct access to the beach, this Patong resort is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Kalim Beach and Patong Beach. Bangla Road is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

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