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When Phuket began taking off in the 1980s as one of Southeast Asia's great destinations, the provincial government had the good sense to put a sizable chunk of it under protection from overdevelopment. After all, it's the island's natural beauty—beaches, coral reefs, jungles, and did we mention the beaches?—that brought tourists here in the first place. But beaches and diving aren't Phuket's only attractions. The limestone cliffs rising out of Phang Nga Bay have been worn away by the Andaman Sea, creating caves perfect for exploring via sea kayak. On your way back to the mainland, you can eat spicy curries in a Muslim fishing village built entirely on stilts over the water. Khao Lak and Khao Sok national parks on the Phang Nga mainland have everything from whitewater rafting to hiking, bird-watching to elephant treks. And the entire region is dotted with Buddhist temples, ranging from ornate gold-leafed wats to temples built within caves (and often populated by playful monkeys).
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Beaches on Phuket

Arguably the best beach—and certainly the longest—on Phuket is Hat Mai Khao, a five-mile slice of white sand rimmed with pines in Sirinat Marine...more

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Longtail Boating in Phuket

More than 40 limestone islands with deserted beaches, underground streams, and caves rise out of Phang Nga Bay amid thick mangrove forests. The two big stops on...more

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Ngan Kin Jeh (Vegetarian Festival), Phuket Town

For nine days at the start of the ninth lunar month (typically late October or early November) the streets of Phuket fill up with singing and dancing revelers,...more

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Songkhran (Thai New Year Celebration), Phuket

On the Thai New Year (April 12-15), the island becomes an enormous outdoor water fight. The fest springs from the tradition of sprinkling water on statues of...more

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Thanyapura, Thalang

If the hotel gym is a bit paltry, even an Ironman will be satisfied at Thanyapura. The 56-acre complex includes an Olympic swimming pool, professional rugby and...more

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Wildlife Viewing, Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

Lam Ru is a park on the Phang Nga mainland that includes both coastal areas and inland forest, with waterfalls, mountains, and many other natural wonders. The...more

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