Phuket and the Andaman Coast: Places to Explore


  • Ao Nang

    In the daytime, Ao Nang is busy with visitors flowing to and from beaches. In the evening, storefronts light up the sidewalk and open-air restaurants provide excellent places to kick back with a beer and... Read more

  • Khao Lak

    Few resorts here escaped total destruction in the 2004 tsunami. The scale and extent of the damage also makes Khao Lak the region's greatest success story—by 2006, Khao Lak was, amazingly, back on its... Read more

  • Koh Lanta

    Long beaches, crystal-clear water, and a laid-back natural environment are Koh Lanta's main attractions. Although "discovered" by international travelers in early 2000, Koh Lanta remains fairly quiet... Read more

  • Koh Phi Phi

    The Phi Phi Islands consist of six islands. The largest, Phi Phi Don, is shaped like a butterfly: The "wings," covered by limestone mountains, are connected by a flat 2-km (1-mile) narrow body featuring... Read more

  • Koh Phuket

    Phuket is one of the region's economic powerhouses—millions of tourists visit the island every year, enjoying the many delights that are offered in this established resort island. Phuket is a modern, vibrant... Read more

  • Koh Yao

    Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi are the two large islands in the center of Phang Nga Bay. Both are quiet, peaceful places, fringed with sandy beaches and clear water. Most inhabitants still make their living... Read more

  • Krabi

    Krabi is a major travel hub in southern Thailand. Travelers often breeze through without stopping to enjoy the atmosphere, which is a shame, because Krabi is a friendly town with great food and charming... Read more

  • Nang Cape/Railay Beach

    Careful not to strain your neck admiring the sky-scraping cliffs as your longtail boat delivers you to Nang Cape, four interconnected beaches collectively referred to as Railay Beach; the isolated beaches... Read more

  • Phang Nga Bay National Marine Park

    From stunning monoliths that rise from the sea to the secluded, crystal-clear bays, Phang Nga Bay is a must-see for any nature lover. The only way to visit is by boat. Tours (B1,000 to B2,000) can be arranged... Read more

  • Similan Islands

    The Mu Koh Similan National Marine Park consists of the nine Similan Islands, as well as Koh Tachai and Koh Bon, which are farther north. The diving around the Similan Islands is world class, with visibility... Read more

  • Surin Islands

    Mu Koh Surin National Marine Park is a remote island paradise practically unknown to anyone other than adventurous scuba divers and Thais. Five islands make up the national park, each with sea turtles... Read more