Although it barely measures fifty kilometres in length, Phuket is easily one of the best loved beach vacation spots in the world and the most popular island in Thailand. The island is situated south of Thailand and is joined to the mainland by bridges. Phuket’s biggest draw maybe its beaches but it also has a lot more to offer. Tourists can enjoy gorgeous natural attractions such as Phang Nga Bay, visit a number of cultural sites such as the Wat Chalong and the Big Buddha, and experience first-hand the legendary Thai nightlife. Tourists in Phuket with a day to kill can also head over to the nearby Khao Lak region in the district of Takua Pa.
Khao Lak can be found an hour’s drive (about sixty kilometres north) from Phuket. Unlike other parts of the island such as Pattaya, Patpong and Patong, Khao Lak is pretty secluded making it the ideal spot for vacationers who want to escape the crowded beaches. At Khao Lak one can find miles of pristine beaches with barely another person in sight. The La On Village consists of the southern parts of the Khao Lak region. Although it can get pretty quiet during the day, the La On Village is quite a busy place.
One of the ‘must visit’ spots in La On Village is the Old Khao Lak Centre Point Bazaar. The market maybe past its prime but one can still find a few treasures at exceptional prices. Those looking for high quality souvenirs can also try Kanyarak Handicraft at the Nangthong Shopping Plaza. Not only is the bustling village a shopping hotspot, it also has an excellent nightlife.
Public transport on Phuket island is somewhat limited and tourists will have to rely on taxi’s and ‘tuk tuks’ to get around. This is one reason why getting accommodation with a central location is very important. Tourists looking for a good Phuket beach resort with a convenient location should consider the Anantara Phuket Resort Thailand. The Phuket resort is situated on the gorgeous Mai Khao Beach and offers a variety of facilities that make it the ideal place for relaxation.