Today, Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, and sports fine beaches, constant sunshine, and an enviable proximity to a multitude of attractions and dive sites - among them the Similan Islands, Koh Phi Phi, and the limestone peaks of Phang Nga Bay. While Phuket was devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, it has since repaired the damage, and, thanks to its tourism revenue, become the wealthiest province in the country.
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Koh Kai Nok
Have a lovely picnic lunch on a secluded white sand beach on Koh Kai Nok, and relax as you watch the waves roll in.
Old Town Tour
Stroll through the Old Town of Phuket along Thalang Road, where you’ll discover beautiful buildings built in a Sino-Portuguese style, including the Standard Chartered Bank, Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion and Thai Hua Museum. As the style suggests, these buildings were influenced by Chinese architecture when they were built over 100 years ago and were later infused with Portuguese elements.
Phang Nga Bay
Spend a day cruising through Phang Nga Bay, where hundreds of limestone karst peaks thrust up out of the sea in a variety of formations, towering over the turquoise water.
Phi Phi Islands
Cruise to the Phi Phi Islands, where "The Beach", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed, or to James Bond Island, which was a location for the action epic, "The Man With the Golden Gun." Stop at snorkel and dive sites and observe local marine life in crystal-clear waters.
Take a speed boat to the Similan Islands, considered the top scuba-diving and snorkeling spot in Thailand and world renowned for their coral reefs and diversity of tropical fish. The eleven islands, which comprise a national park, are home to rare species of flora and fauna, such as the Nicobar pigeon, flying lemur and bottlenose dolphin.
Sunset Visit to the Big Buddha
At sunset, visit the big Buddha on a hill. At 135 feet high, this large white landmark sits on top of Nakkerd Hills, one of the highest points in Phuket where one can see an almost 360-degree view of the island. Made of white Burmese marble, the statue is known as Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri, and it is one of Phuket’s most notable sites.
Visit local Buddhist temples, such as Wat Chalong, Wat Khao Rang and Wat Phra Thong. Wat Chalong is famous among Thais for its reputed healing powers. Khao Rang houses a large golden seated Buddha statue, while Phra Thong is known for its half-buried golden Buddha, Poh Phra Thong.
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Amanpuri, which means “peaceful place,” is a magnificent resort created by the architect who designed the Winter Palace of the former Shah of Iran. The resort has 40 secluded pavilions, each with a private outdoor terrace overlooking the Andaman Sea, and come with a personal cook and butler. Dining options include The Restaurant, which serves Italian cuisine, and The Terrace, which offers Thai and European specialties. Amanpuri has a Beach Club, with windsurfing and hobie-cats available, a 20-meter lap pool and a starting point for diving, snorkeling or fishing. Other facilities include a business center, floodlit tennis courts, and a fitness center with state-of-the-art weight training and cardiovascular machines and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea. Wifi is available in all rooms and public areas. The resort is 25 minutes from the airport in Phuket (HKT).
Just 20 minute’s drive from Phuket airport, guests find themselves whisked into the secluded paradise of ANA Beach House. Set amidst the dramatic limestone rock formations of Phang Nga bay, the beachfront villas stand on the sands of Natai Beach, looking out to the Andaman Ocean. Guests can absolutely unwind from the moment of landing; after being swept through the airport, the personal chauffeur service hands over to the private butler, ready with a glass of champagne at the beautiful ocean-view accommodation. Accommodation options include three multi-bedroom villas, The Penthouse, as well as two One-Bedroom Pool Suites, which can be connected - all featuring individual eclectic design by international creatives. Meals can be served in-room or on the beach, while PARLA is the resort's fine dining restaurant, serving unique Nordic-Hebridean cuisine through an interactive tasting experience. Wellbeing is central to the ANA Beach House experience, with spa and fitness facilities in-villa, not to mention exciting excursions on hand.
Looking out over the sparkling Andaman Sea, this superb five-star resort is one of the most spectacular luxury retreats Phuket has to offer. Set within a peaceful bay on the island’s Western coast, an idyllic shoreline is greeted by crystal-clear waters directly in front of the resort, creating a secluded island sanctuary. It lies conveniently close to Phuket International Airport but far enough to transport guests to their own exotic haven. Anantara’s first-class hospitality is coupled with a collection of 30 opulent rooms and luxury suites as well as 47 indulgent pool villas. Guests can enjoy a balance of the serenity from the private stretch of beach and shoreline pool with the diversity of facilities within the resort, including exciting water activities, fitness center and spa. Days in Thai paradise are accompanied by some of the finest dining options in Phuket, with seductive settings and awe-inspiring island views to match. Professional and talented chefs create fresh and beautifully-presented dishes for exclusive dining experiences, where guests can sample the iconic flavors of Thailand.
Phuket is an island associated with sun, sea and sand, and there’s no better way to experience it by staying right on the beach in your own private villa. Every single one at Anantara Phuket comes with its own private pool, and total floor space starts at giant 1,900 square feet (that’s about four times more than your stand hotel room). When you’re not soaking in the terrazzo bathtub, sipping a cocktail on the private decking, doing laps in your own private pool, or making use of the long list of entertainment and gadgets in the room, Anantara Phuket has plenty to do elsewhere – that’s if you can drag yourself away from the villa. There are five dining options (including a rather beautiful ‘tree house’ venue), a poolside bar, cooking school and a luxurious spa to wind back after a long day of being busy… or doing nothing at all. Mai Khao beach, the longest in Phuket, is just steps from the villa and provides soft sand and warm tropical waters perfect for swimming.
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