Blessed with long sandy beaches, tranquil bays, lush inland forests and a reputation for some of the finest seafood in the country, Phuket offers all the ingredients you need for a romantic honeymoon, including a host of sightseeing attractions and activities.
The sea is also ideal for windsurfing and sailing, while inland, jungle paths and forested hills wait to be explored on foot or atop an elephant.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches on Phuket Island, from popular and sometimes crowded beaches to those that are secluded and relatively unknown to overseas visitors.
Kata Beach on Phuket’s western coast is one of Phuket’s finest beaches, with a broad curve of soft white sand that runs 1.5km along a protected bay of calm, crystal clear water. Relax on a sun bed or rejuvenate with a Thai massage in the shade of the palm trees that fringe the beach’s edge.
Or visit Laem Singh Beach, a small hidden gem south of Surin Beach, accessible only by a steep path from the road and Nai Thon Beach, one of Phuket’s best-kept secrets, just a short drive through forested hills along the coastal highway. Other well-known beaches include Patong Beach, Karon Beach and Surin Beach.
After dark, experience a colourful Thai dance show, relax over delicious Thai cuisine or hit a disco at Patong Beach and dance the night away.
Discover secluded bays, go ashore with a guide and explore the beach, mangrove forests and the many hidden caves and lakes hollowed out inside the islands – usually reachable only at low tide through small caves that open onto the sea.Lam Ru Park – Explore inland forest, with waterfalls, mountains and other natural wonders located on the Phang Nga mainland. Look out for eagles and scarlet minivets.
Neighbouring Ko Phi Phi Leh is less commercialised and makes a perfect day trip (as there is no accommodation on the island). Don’t miss the famous Viking Cave on Phi Phi Leh, where men climb flimsy bamboo scaffolds to collect swifts’ nests from the cavern walls, or the prehistoric paintings on the cave walls.
Both islands offer great opportunities for climbing, kayaking, swimming and caving as well as diving, snorkelling and fishing, in a setting of unparalleled beauty.
Did you know? Phi Phi Island is so astoundingly beautiful it was chosen as the setting for The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Latest update about this honeymoon destination: 9 February, 2017
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