Just off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea lies the islands of Phuket. The west coast of the island is home to some of the best beaches in Thailand, while the east coast has dramatic scenery and offers visitors a more “authentic” experience of Thai culture. Phuket has a hilly inland area, so it’s also possible to go hiking through the jungle. As such, Phuket really does have something to suit every type of visitor.

Those looking to check out some uniquely Thai sights and experiences should head to Phuket Town on the east coast. The island has always been a stop for traders but the biggest influx came from Chinese tin miners in the 19th century. As they integrated with the locals, a strange “baba” culture was developed that mixed Thai traditions with Chinese customs. It’s visible in the Sino-European architecture, fabulous food and annual vegetarian festival.

For a more relaxing experience, there are resorts and spas for every budget. Patong is the main hub for days on the beach and nights at the bar, but there are more family friendly beaches at Karon and high end boutique spas such as the Sri Panwa, where you’ll find several pools, a private beach and a floating yoga deck.

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