In the north of the island is the Khao Phra Taew Forest Reserve and Sirinat National Park, together protecting rainforest and marine environments, including Nai Yang beach where sea turtles lay their eggs. Between these two pristine areas lies Phuket International Airport and the main road leading to the tourist beaches in the west and south of the island.
Patong beach dominates the Western coast. This is 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 bars and market stalls selling sarongs, jewellery, silk, clothing and souvenirs. When the sun sets, the town comes alive with a bubbly and enthusiastic nightlife.