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Pronounced ‘poo-ged,’ Phuket is Thailand’s biggest island and one of the world’s most favorite travel destinations. Its west coast beaches face the Andaman Sea and offer spectacular pink sunsets and a warm blue waters. Inland you’ll find jungle adventures and small villages. Although quite overrun by tourists, you can always find an off-the-beaten path spot to call your own.Phuket has miles and miles of white palm-lined sandy beaches, especially on its west coast. Beaches offer everything from tranquil isolated coves to sandy party beaches that are crawling with tourists. You’ll find the most remote beaches on the southeastern coast of the island.At Phuket’s beaches there’s swimming, diving, snorkeling, wind surfing and sailing, in addition to just soaking up the sun. Cruises and speedboat tours take you around to the neighboring islands.Another great coastline area of Phuket is its Phang Nga Bay. It has distinctive limestone cliffs that jut out of the ocean. It also has mangroves, caves and quaint fishing villages.Inland, even more adventures can be found. It’s a fertile hilly expanse that’s practically untouched by tourists full of pineapple plantations, shrimp farms, small Muslim villages, and swathes of rainforest.

Eco-tours take you inland to experience the island like the natives do. Aside from hikes through the interior, there’s whitewater rafting, elephant trekking, and eco-tours that teach you about the rainforest’s unique flora and fauna.

The biggest of Thailand’s islands, Phuket is colorful and cosmopolitan. In its cities, people from all over the world and all walks of life gather. You can see the traditional right alongside the ultra-modern. Special events and cultural festivals are held all year round.

In addition to all of this, Phuket offers the friendly hospitality that Thailand is known for.

Phuket is large and fairly developed, leading some to call it ‘Bangkok on the sea.’ But prices are low and there are still a great number of places to get away from it all. Phuket is consistently rated one of the world’s best travel destinations.

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