Surrounded by 21 kilometres of coastline, fringed with white sandy beaches and quiet coves, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island.
Within easy reach are some of Thailand’s most outstanding dive sites, with excellent opportunities to spot leopard sharks amidst a kaleidoscope of marine life, where manta rays often grace divers with their presence, and there is an abundance of colourful soft corals, sea fans and anemones. Dive sites can take some time to get to, so expect to be out most of the day when diving.
Previously a trading route between India and China for its tin and rubber, the island has a bountiful history as well as unique local customs, handicrafts and temples. With superb tourism facilities, the most popular beaches are Patong, Karon and Kata offering bustling bars, restaurants and affordable shopping for all. The island's interior is scenic, with lush green hills, coconut groves and rubber plantations.
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