Sure, Thailand is a wealth of intriguing culture and rich history. But after you’ve had your fill of the gorgeous temples, stately palaces, and Golden Buddha’s, head south.
Phuket, dubbed “the Pearl of the Andaman,” is the largest and most well-known of the islands in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s southern peninsula. Hosting leafy jungles, white sand beaches fringed by swaying palms, breathtaking atolls, and limestone cliffs, this paradise offers myriad activities, or opportunities to just bask in luxury. The idyllic climate of this exotic paradise makes it a popular “bucket list” destination.
1. Sea Kayaking at Phangnga Bay
A full day adventure to this natural wonder is an unforgettable highlight of a visit to Phuket. Over 100 towering limestone “islands” jut precariously out of the jewel-green sea casting a surreal – almost otherworldly – vista. These craggy outcroppings provided the backdrop for the James Bond iconic film Man with the Golden Gun. You’ll want a local guide to steer your canoe through the mysterious waters laden with hongs, or sea caves,. Along the way you can stop to take a dip in the warm waters of a deserted lagoon, interact with wild monkeys at the edge of the formations, and weave in and out of the caves and chambers – some of which can only be entered at low tide, and even then you’ll have to lie flat in your kayak inching your through.
2. Sail to Ko Phi Phi
Navigating east across the Andaman Sea will take you to the Phi Phi islands. Don’t miss Maya Bay, the remote cove where the utopia seaside scenes in the Leonardo DeCaprio film The Beach was filmed. The shimmering turquoise water juxtaposed against the surrounding sentinel cliffs makes it one of the most stunning beaches in the world. Close by is the sister island, Phi Phi Don with a restaurant with a very nice buffet lunch.
Read the Top 10 Things to do in Phuket, Thailand in TravelersPress