Since their reopening to international tourism, Thailand’s world-famous Phuket and Phang-Nga have been welcoming travellers from abroad back to the stunning beaches, spectacular scenery and unmistakable resort atmosphere that have made them such popular tropical destinations.
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Thailand’s launch of the Phuket Sandbox programme on July 1, 2021, and the Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension on August 16, 2021, gave the world the highly-anticipated signal that the destination are once again ready to amaze visitors – this time with all the necessary health and safety measures in place.
Phuket’s beaches are more pristine and beautiful than ever, each one offering its own individual vibe and atmosphere, from the energetic buzz of Patong and its restaurants, shops and souvenir stalls to the relaxing settings of Kata, Karon, Nai Harn and Mai Khao with their silky-soft sands and glistening waters gently caressing the shoreline.
Away from the glorious beaches, visitors can as always discover much in the way of culture and heritage, soft adventure and family-friendly tropical fun. Whether it is visiting the island’s glittering temples and shrines, thrill-seeking on zipline rides and 4WD excursions through lush jungles, or discovering the picturesque beauty of landmark locations like Promthep Cape, Krathing Cape, and Karon Viewpoint to make that perfect photograph, Phuket does not disappoint.
Health and wellness opportunities abound for those seeking the chance to rejuvenate and recharge in the tropical surroundings of dedicated spa resorts and world-class spas at many a hotel and resort. Delicious cuisine created with the freshest seafood and tantalising, exotic ingredients can be found the island over, positioning Phuket as a gastronomical destination of international renown and earning its place in UNESCO Creative City listing. Community-based tourism experiences provide the opportunity to appreciate a unique and fascinating local way of life.
Directly north of Phuket on the mainland, Phang-Nga’s stunning landscape vistas must not be missed. This natural beauty is best appreciated from famous Samet Nangshe Viewpoint, with spectacular 180-degree views across Phang Nga Bay and its many limestone formations and small islands. Among the area’s islands is Ko Yao Noi, featured in the James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun. And when the sun sets, the Milky Way comes into view.
On the Phang-Nga coastline, the 20km stretch of beaches in Khao Lak make for a serene, welcoming and idyllic sun, sea and sand experience to remember. Here, the days are quiet and unrushed, and one could be excused for thinking they had discovered an untouched tropical hideaway – from an enchanting shoreline to jungle-clad mountain backdrops.
There is no better time than now to visit Phuket and Phang-Nga, two delightful jewels in the ever-dazzling crown that is the tropical paradise of southern Thailand, where shimmering seas, beautiful beaches and countless off-shore islands await travellers.
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