A glimpse of the sparkling azure waters, powder soft sand, and dramatic limestone scenery and it’s pretty clear exactly why Phuket has been dubbed “The Pearl of the South”. The stunning island scenery extends from the lush landscapes to the ocean floor to reveal a world of kaleidoscope activity. From bright corals to native fish (and if you’re lucky maybe even an octopus or two), island hopping in Phuket is sure to captivate both sun dwellers and underwater adventurers alike.
Layan Beach: A quiet spot of sand in Phuket is a rare find, but thankfully, we’ve scoured the Island and found not only one of the quietest, but also one of the most idyllic beaches about. Layan beach sits just north of Bang Tao Beach, and is a mere five minute’s shuttle from The Pavilions Resort. Not just another pretty beach, this sandy gem offers the ocean, a river and even a lagoon.
Phang Nga Bay: Conjure up images of limestone cliffs jutting out dramatically from emerald waters and you might just begin to picture the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds this bay. Explore the surrounding islands whilst basking in the beauty of the Andaman Sea. Paddle to Khao Phing Kan or James Bond Island and sunbathe on the sandy set of the 007 classic ‘The man with the golden gun’.
A short boat ride to Phi Phi Island and you’ll arrive in a water sports playground. Take advantage of the crystal clear water, abundant marine life and reputation as one of the best dive spots in the world and have some underwater fun. Kayaking, snorkelling and diving are all available on this postcard perfect island.
Maya Island: Teeming with tropical fish, Maya Island is a top spot for some underwater exploration. Wander down the silky white sand sheltered by 100 meter cliff faces, before donning your snorkel and getting setting out to sea. Incidentally, Maya also forms the dramatic backdrop for blockbuster ‘The Beach’…just in case you happen to have your very own Leonardo in tow…Read more
A former Portuguese colony which bears the hallmarks of its history as a stopover point between China and India, it is not altogether surprising that Phuket boasts such an interesting arts scene. Between its Sino-Portuguese architecture, paintings, sculptures and traditional dance, there’s a whole lot on here to tickle your cultural taste buds.
Painting: Learn about the rich Buddhist and monarchical cultural heritage of Phuket through traditional paintings and colourful mural’s often found within the sanctity of Thailand’s Temples. Full of Thai mythology, each painting tells a story and expresses the complex religious and multicultural roots of the Island’s heritage.
Thai Dance: A stately dance often performed at national events and for the royal family, traditional Thai dancing goes beyond physical movements to enchant audiences with stories and myths. The costumes are artworks in themselves, with ornate headgear and elaborate traditional dress adorning each dancer.