As you travel to Phuket from the mainland, you leave the southern Thai province of Phang-Nga behind you, reaching the far southwest of Thailand...
On the western coast lies Patong Beach , one of the most popular areas with a busy beach and plenty of bars, hotels and restaurants – all developed to serve a thriving tourist industry. During the day, there are beach bars and market stalls selling sarongs, jewellery, silk, clothing and souvenirs. When the sun sets, the town comes alive with a vivacious and industrious nightlife.
A little further south and you reach Karon Beach, a beautiful white sandy bay offering a less hectic atmosphere than Patong. It still offers a selection of bars and restaurants, but with a more upscale clientele staying in the large resorts that dominate this area. The side streets are worth exploring though, you will find local art galleries, market stalls and pubs with a real Thai flavor.
The third main tourist beach is Kata Beach, in the south of the island. It is a stunning bay, attracting a family clientele due to its safe beaches and friendly restaurants. There is a picturesque small island, Koh Poo, to the north end of the beach with a stunning coral reef that is excellent for swimming and snorkelling and where scuba diving equipment is available.
A journey to the eastern side of the island will take you to Phuket City, a town with a multicultural history of trade and architecture. It is a bustling city where residual character meets contemporary sophistication. You still see Buddhist monks roaming the streets and traditional Thai fresh food markets, but this is combined with upscale restaurants and modern shopping centres. Whether you are going to stay in Phuket town or on the beach there are numerous Phuket Hotels to choose from, budget for backpackers to 5 star resorts for luxurious holidays.
From Phuket City you can catch a ferry to the outlying smaller islands around Phuket, the Similan Islands to the northwest or the Koh Phi Phi Islands to the southeast.
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