Dramatic limestone cliffs shooting up from emerald green waters, untamed jungle and rapturous white beaches – life in Phuket is bright, bold and brazen. It matches its lavish natural bounty of wild tropical surroundings. Head to the waters to discover the hidden caves and lagoons of Phang Nga Bay and visit the quiet fishing village of Koh Panyee built on stilts.
In Phuket it is common practise to serve beer on ice. It is the only way to keep it cool in the torrid sun!
Hike the rough trails of Khao Phra Thaeo National Park or head to the Similan Islands for a spell of snorkelling amidst the colourful coral reefs. Light a firecracker at Chalong Temple, wander through the local markets of the Old Town or sit in a placid café to admire the Sino-Portuguese mansions. For a taste of Thai theatrics, turn to the outrageous Phuket Fantasea or lose yourself in the garish Go Go bars of Soi Bangla.