As Thailand’s most popular tourist destination, Phuket impresses with its sophisticated, well developed tourist infrastructure and hospitality services. This ranges from five-star hotels and world class restaurants to rowdy bars and even a transvestite cabaret; something to suit all tastes and budgets. There are more than half a dozen beach areas, each with its own atmosphere and character, of which Patong is the liveliest, while nearby Karon and Kamala are more family-orientated, yet busy all the same.
Phuket comprises of a series of beach resort areas, each enjoying its own sweeping bay, well developed tourist centre and great holiday environs. The island is just the right size; small enough to tour in a day, but big enough to give everyone a little space, even those preferring to escape the tourists. Renting scooters and exploring the island’s natural sights and various bays is suggested, but some of the best sights to see are offshore, and day trips to Phi Phi or Phang Nga Bay are recommended.