A coveted Southeast Asia treasure, Phuket is Thailand’s only island province and its most frequented destination. Here, tranquil turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and world-renowned diving sites are interspersed with soaring limestone cliffs and lush tropical forests. Glimpse at the century old Sino-Portuguese architecture in Old Town, Phuket’s revered landmark Big Buddha, Promthep Cape, and Wat Chalong (home to the famed half buried golden Buddha) and other cultural highlights. Delightful cuisines, and numerous annual festivals including: the festival of lights Loy Kratong, the Thai New Year Songkran, and the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, all form part of the Phuket experience.
Brief boat rides lead to the Similan Islands, Phi Phi and Phang Nga Bay. Each has something special to offer. Other watersports comprise: deep sea fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, sailing, sea kayaking through caves and whitewater rafting. Land activities abound. In addition to three golf courses, visitors can go jungle elephant trekking, ride an all terrain vehicle (ATV) through plantations and the forest, hike along one of the many trails in the jungle, or take a Thai cooking class. The enticing journey to the “Pearl of the Andaman” awaits.