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From inland rainforest to the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, the night markets of Phuket Town, delectable restaurants and swanky resorts, Phuket certainly knows how to cater to your every whim. Most visitors flock to the beaches on the southwestern side of the island, which are loaded with amenities and entertainment options.

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» Ao Phang Nga National Park

Ao Phang Nga National Park

More than 40 islands dot the green-blue waters of Ao Phang Nga National Park near Phuket. Their distinct limestone cliffs, unique sea life and close proximity to one another have made this natural escape one of the most popular Longtail boat trips in all of Thailand. Ko Kan - also known as James Bond Island - Ko Phanak and Ko Hong are some of the regular stops on these memorable excursions. Travelers can coast over the mostly calm waters or explore the caves …

» James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan)

James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan)

This iconic set of islands used to be nothing more than a spot on the map in Ao Phang Nga National Park. But in 1974, when James Bond chose Khao Phing Kan as a hideout in The Man with the Golden Gun, this rarely visited limestone island became a popular destination frequented by travelers on Longtail Boat tours. Along with the island's new fame came hoards of tourists and potential destruction of the island's natural beauty. So since 1998, it has been forbidden for boats to approach Ko Tapu …

» Kata Beach

Kata Beach

Most people hit the beach to catch some serious sun, but the palm tree lined shores that offer plenty of shade along Kata Beach still manage to draw active families, young travelers and eager surfers from around the globe. The calm turquoise waters of Kata Center and Kata South are lined with boutique hotels and quaint souvenir shops. Enjoy a picnic on the beach, then wander to the Buddhist Temple on Patak Road or take an easy hike to the spectacular viewpoint …

» Koh Phi Phi Islands

Koh Phi Phi Islands

Koh Phi Phi is a group of islands, but most of them are just limestone spires. The only ones of any size are Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Ley. When you come to visit these heavenly islands, you'll be coming into the port on Koh Phi Phi Don. After the infrastructure here was largely swept away by the 2004 tsunami, it was hoped that rebuilding could take place with more care for the environment and a swing upmarket. But the rush to get the tourist business back on track meant that the island - with all its rash of tourist businesses …

» Patong Beach

Patong Beach

Patong Beach may not offer travelers a true taste of Southeast Asia, but the kinetic energy of this popular destination has made it a favorite among westerners looking to party. Like the rest of Phuket, Patong is home to white sandy beaches, clear blue water and plenty of sun, making it an ideal spot to catch some rays. But bustling neon streets lined with crowded open-air discos and dozens of bars serving strong island drinks have made this a destination for the younger set looking to party long into the night …

» Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is a classic Southeast Asian bay - bright jade water, limestone pinnacles and all. A large part of it has been protected as a national park. Notable islands in Phang Nga Bay include the so-called James Bond Island (it's featured in The Man with the Golden Gun) and Koh Panyee, where you can visit a fishing community built out on stilts across the water. Bear in mind that this community is a Muslim one, so dress modestly …

» Phuket FantaSea Show

Phuket FantaSea Show

There's nothing subtle about the Phuket FantaSea. This is Thai-meets-Vegas, as the management proudly admits. If that's your bag - or if you're a family looking for entertainment slightly more suitable than the hostess bars of Patong - then this could be for you. Whether or not you enjoy the FantaSea will depend on your reaction to wild animals in circus environments. If that curls your toes, keep well away. On the other hand, if you want the thrill of elephants swaying past …

» Simon Cabaret Show

Simon Cabaret Show

Can you believe your eyes? Are all these glossy divas really...boys? Well, yes and no. Simon Cabaret features both transvestites and transsexuals. But don't worry, this is not some tacky Pat Pong experience - though not light on the kitsch, it's actually a highly professional act. In the grand tradition of drag, the show features high-color extravaganzas interspersed with comedy and 'diva' acts in which the 'actresses' mimic famous Western drag icons …

» Splash Jungle Water Park

Splash Jungle Water Park

Some travelers lament Splash Jungle Water Park's lack of greenery and tropical gardens, suggesting that 'Concrete Jungle' might be a more accurate description. Still, jaw dropping rides like Boomerango and the Suberbowl, plus a six-level wave pool attract hundreds of visitors to this coastal Phuket destination every week. Themed rides give a nod to the ancient Mayans, lush landscapes of Turkey, old-world architecture of Northern Europe and the culture and colors of Africa …

» Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong

There are 29 Buddhist temples on the island of Phuket, but Wat Chalong is the most elaborate and important. It is dedicated to two abbots who used their medical skills and authority to assist during the Tin Miner's Rebellion of the 19th century. The building is large and impressive, but the main interest of the temple for visitors is its history. There are numerous stories that have grown up about its abbots and their magical qualities …

» Wat Phra Thong

Wat Phra Thong

Wat Phra Thong is perhaps not the most impressive of Phuket's temples, but it surely has the best story behind it. And once you know the story, the 'half image' that forms the center of the temple will have way greater resonance. According to lore, a boy was out watering a buffalo and tied it to some metal protruding out of the ground. In quick order, both boy and buffalo died, but the boy appeared to his father in a dream and told him to investigate the object …

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Dubbed the Pearl of the South, Thailand's largest and most visited island is one of the world's most famous dream destinations. A whirl of color and cosmopolitanism, Phuket revolves around and thrives on tourism, yet it retains a spark of the real Thailand. There are 101 ways to pass the day in Phuket, Thailand's only island province …

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Phuket which is approximately the size of Singapore, is Thailand's largest island. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges. It is situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China. The region now derives much of its income from tourism …

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