Phuket Travel Guide
Known as the Pearl of the South, with lush tropical forest, surrounded by crystal waters, bright sunny days and warm tranquil nights make Phuket any traveller's paradise. The largest of Thailand's islands is easily accessible with regular flights from Bangkok and via a bridge from the mainland. Tropical scenery, blue lagoons, dazzling white beaches and rainforest draw over two million visitors to the island each year.
The tropical wonderland of Khao Phra National Park is worth visiting Phuket for on it's own. Exhilarating elephant treks can be taken through the forest on the hills around Chalong Bay, a once in a lifetime experience. Just make sure you choose to ride on one of these magnificent animals with a regulated and controlled tour operator who is concerned about the well being of these endangered elephants.
The island's most popular resorts are Patong, Karon
and Kata, but quieter areas are just as easy to get to. The centre of nightlife and most famous beach on the island is Patong beach. This lively resort is also the place to head if you're a thrill seeker with jet skiing and parasailing available at a fraction of the cost you would pay at most other resorts. A quick ride in a longtail boat around the headland from Patong Beach brings you to one of the most isolated and picturesque beaches on the whole of Phuket, Freedom Beach. Only reachable by sea, it's a privately owned beach but is open to the public for a small fee and is well worth it.
You'll find that Phuket has got a friendly culture all of it's own, with Chinese and Portuguese influences being very apparent. The islanders will do everything in their power to make your stay an unforgettable one and on the 'island of smiles', as Phuket is also referred to, the warmest welcome in Thailand is already waiting for you.
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