Thailand’s largest island, Phuket is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the country. Its popularity has led to a rise in development, with luxury resorts, plush spas, large shopping malls and exclusive restaurants well established on the island.
With a trend for all things upmarket, Phuket is the dream destination for the jet set crowd and those seeking a luxurious island break with private villas and exclusive resorts. This has pushed prices up in recent years, with food and accommodation notably more expensive than on the mainland, but there are still modest hotels and budget deals to be found, especially if you travel outside of the main season.
Dubbed ‘The Pearl of the Andaman’, the island boasts some strikingly beautiful beaches with fantastic coral reefs and wrecks just offshore in the glittering Andaman Sea. It’s a wonderland for divers and a popular spot for kayaking. You can find plenty of adventure inland too, with zip lining, mountain biking and quadbiking all being popular pursuits here.
It’s worth noting that a large percentage of the population are conservative Thai Muslims, so it’s recommended that you dress modestly outside of the main tourist areas.