A melting pot of religions, experiences and, of course, international tourists, Phuket combines everything that can be expected of a tropical island destination and puts it all into overdrive.
Idyllic beaches and lush forests are juxtaposed against the hectic energy of Patong, the island’s beating heart. It is a city of frenetic energy and bright lights surrounded by the gracious curve of glittering Patong Beach.
Patong Beach is one of Thailand’s most famous, where everything from sun lounges to jet skis is available to hire and locals offer on-the-spot massages.
Just a short hop to the south, lie the areas of Karon and Kata, famous for their pristine beaches and proximity to all the action of Patong without being in the thick of it.
For something quieter and more picturesque, take a longtail boat around the southern headland to Freedom Beach, which is only accessible by water.
By night, busy Bangla Road comes to life with bars, restaurants and nightclubs at every turn. The streets are closed to cars from 6pm and throng with people every night of the week.
For something different, check out a Las Vegas-style magic show at the Joe Conrad Magic Theatre. In the daytime, explore the spectacular surrounding area with a tour to Phi Phi Island, a scuba-diving day trip or an elephant trek through the jungle.
Staying in Phuket is reasonably priced at the best of times, but you can stay at the Kata Sea Breeze Resort for a steal with this deal.
This Groupon deal offers a three-night stay from $179, a five-night stay from $299, a seven-night stay from $409 or 10 nights from $579.
For more information visit groupon.com.au
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