Phuket, formerly called Thalang, is Thailand’s largest island with a total land area of 543 sq. kilometres. This southern province of Thailand is world renowned for its wonderful beaches, tourist sites and hotel amenities like the Banyan Tree Phuket. If you are thinking about spending the summer in Siam, you should definitely dedicate a few days in this majestic location. While you are in the area, you should visit these trademark hot spots.
First up is Patong Beach, located on Phuket’s west coast and surrounded by several luxurious hotels and resorts – one of which is Banyan Tree Phuket. Aside from being the island’s main attraction, Patong Beach is also an important center for shopping and partying, and is considered a tourist mecca for foreigners. Here, you can find a number of shops, bars, restaurants, and clubs, as well as travel agencies that can organize sightseeing escapades for Phuket’s surrounding landmarks. On Patong Beach, you can enjoy a number of water sports, including windsurfing and parasailing. Or, you can choose to lay back and soak in the sun, while having a few servings of Pina Colada. Just before the sunset, you should drive up to Laem Phromthep, which is on the southernmost part of the island, to complete your Phuket experience.
The next day, you can check out a neighboring tourist spot called the Phi Phi islands, which actually comprises of six – one of which is Kho Phi Phi Leh, the setting of Di Caprio’s 2000 hit movie, The Beach. Phi Phi island lies on the west Andaman Sea, and can be reached through a 90-minute boat ride from Phuket. As a National Park, it is home to a magnificent display of marine life and corals, matched with intimidating limestone mountains and cliffs.