Beach Resort Destinations Around Phuket – Thailand
Beach Resort Destinations Around Phuket
First time visitors heading for the sun drenched shores of Phuket Island usually find their holidays being too short. This paradise island has so much to offer that fleeting days of indecision amid all the attractions and exiting activities to choose from defines a vacation on this exotic rock.
If you are anything like me however, such brimming activity will only form a small part of your whole vacation. Because rather than being swallowed up by mainstream crowds, too much commercial activity and late night parties, I favor to spend most of my time where I can fully appreciate the tropical beauty of my surroundings in peaceful seclusion and enjoy the delights of hotels not boxed in by their competitors. For people like me, the islands and their stunning beach resorts located just off the coast of Phuket are the ideal places to completely relax. Whether you are looking for the best and most romantic places for your honeymoon or for a family holiday where kids clubs entertain the children, you fill find these locations unforgettable.
Koh Yao Noi
The island of Yao Noi is a 45 minute speed boat ride from Phuket, but if you do it like me you will join the locals on an old and traditional long tail boat which makes the trip much more authentic. En-route you travel through captivating Phan Nga Bay where lime stone outcrops rise majestically to give the bay a mysterious character. Yao Noi is small, it has relatively few resorts, the locals are easy-going and friendly and mans footprint on its nature still very limited. The beaches are absolutely sublime, never crowded and the water so calm there is not a wave in sight. The few resorts which are here caters to every requirement though, from budget savvy to the extravagant. One of the best resorts is Six Senses, albeit not the cheapest. All their luxury island style villas have private pools from where you can drink in the most incredible views. What I like most is to get up early, watch the sun rise over the bay and then head out on a traditional long-tail boat to visit attractions like the nearby Hong Islands, go kayaking, cruise the bay with a local to do snorkeling and then come back to my hideaway for an evening of pampering massages at their spa located in a rain forest setting, good food and soaking in a private pool.
This pristine island is mere minutes from Phuket, some 12 kilometers. It consist of two sister islands, Racha Yai and Racha Noi, the latter being uninhabited. These exotic beauties are characterized by glittering white beaches, water as tranquil as that of a big lagoon and as clear as glass. Here you can kick back completely undisturbed. There are no cars making noise and no beach vendors to hassle you. Here you can spend days snorkeling just off the rocks, go scuba diving or kayaking around the islands palm tree lined shores. If you even want to escape the boats coming in to drop off tourists, head for Ao Siam Bay to enjoy complete solitude during an early morning or sunset stroll. The primary and most popular beach resort on the island is The Racha Resort which will take care of you in 5 star style. It sits in the embrace of a palm tree forest and faces the most idyllic beach. Most of its suites and villas have private pools and there is also a two bedroom private pool villa if your out on a family holiday.
Phi Phi Islands
These iconic islands do not really need any introduction. It attracts scuba enthusiasts, couples on honeymoon, family vacationers and single travelers alike and is located only an hour by speed boat from Phuket. Many twenty-something travelers head for Tonsai Bay which offers the islands budget accommodation, features the markets, bars, restaurants and nightlife. But if you want to fully appreciate the beautiful exotic nature of this location, head for beaches like Loh Ba Kao Bay, Laem Tong and Don Dalam Bay. These beaches are more exclusive, relaxed, offer amazing views and feature the best hotels and resorts like the Zeavola pool Villa retreat, Outrigger Island Village Beach Resort and Phi Phi Island Cabana. A two day sleep over will allow enough time to join the available day trips for sightseeing tours to places like Monkey island and Chicken Island, or simply hop over for a day trip.
If you stood on Phukets Rawai beach you could almost throw a rock here it is so close. The island is small and pristine, mainly because it does not have any resorts, so there are few tourists to leave their mark. In Rawai Beach you could simply ask a local to take you over on his long tail boat and spend a few hours on a secluded beach and enjoy the tranquility. However, If you stayed at the luxury Evason Resort in Rawai in Phuket, this islands longest beach would be for your and your fellow guests at the resorts exclusive use. Otherwise you would still be able to claim a spot on the islands other beach in the north.
Islands in Phang Nga Bay
Most islands in Phang Nga Bay off Phukets east coast are uninhabited, so staying over is unfortunately not an option. However, a boat cruise in the captivating bay with its rocky pinnacles and lime stone outcrops is truly spectacular. It includes famous land marks like James Bond island which was the location for the Movie Man with a Golden Gun, hence the name of the island. Another worthwhile visit is Koh Phanyi. This is the living quarters of a local community built over the water on stilts and during the day it serves as a market to tourists for hand craft and clothes. Also in Phan Nga bay are the famous Hongs or rooms which are located inside some of the uninhabited islands of Phang Nga Bay. The roofs of these rooms have collapsed over many years and today you can discover the almost lost world-like surroundings by kayaking through sheer cliff faces revealing astonishing fauna and flora.
In summary it is highly recommended to plan some kind of itinerary before you head off on your vacation. This will allow you to see and experience much more in your allowed holiday time and lead to a much more memorable vacation than simply staying in one location following the rest of the crowd.