If you can pull yourself away from Phuket's beautiful beaches and exciting nightlife, awaiting you are some of the world's most incredible locations. There are beaches and islands to suit all tastes and budgets, but here are some of our favourites:
Phi Phi is just a speedboat ride away from Phuket and is very popular with families and paradise seekers. Vivid turquoise waters, white sand beaches and sheer limestone cliffs with beachfront jungles are the islands' hallmarks - for Phi Phi is actually made of two islands: the larger and more popular Phi Phi Don and uninhabited Phi Phi Leh, which offers a true experience of quiet tranquility
Excellent for families and honeymooners alike, Krabi day trips usually include a visit to the stunning Phra Nang Beach and Phra Nang Cave on Railay peninsula, as well as a visit to Chicken island where you can sunbathe at Poda Beach. The Krabi province is one of Thailand’s most beautiful regions, with towering karst formations breaking up the rugged coastline; the islands themselves are a pure tropical paradise. The numerous bays and coves along the coast were once home to pirates and sea gypsies; today they form a natural adventure playground for rock climbers and hikers, while snorkelers and divers are drawn to the clear turquoise waters and some of the country’s finest coral reefs.
Koh Racha's white powdery beaches and clear turquoise waters are perfect for couples looking for a quieter slice of paradise. With a handful of luxury resorts and hotels, gorgeous beaches that promise spectacular sunsets and not much else to do except sunbathe, snorkel, kayak or enjoy some pampering at a spa, this is a dream honeymoon destination.
The island of Koh Yao Noi is perfectly placed in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, roughly halfway between Phuket and Krabi and forms part of the Ao Phang-Nga National Park. The views from here are quite possibly the best in Thailand as you look out across the ocean to a peppering of limestone karsts before you. With just a few luxury hotels to choose from, no loud party scene, unspoiled palm tree fringed beaches, restaurants serving fresh seafood just caught by local fishermen and the ultimate sunrise and sunset this is the definition of 'paradise'.