Thailand’s largest island, Phuket (the so-called “Pearl of the Andaman”) is also its most popular. As you might imagine, this has drawbacks as well as advantages. If you’re willing to brave the crowds, however, there are some justifiably famous destinations worth visiting. The following are just a few of them.
1. Khao Pra Taew. Home to the island’s last remaining virgin forest and protected populations of endangered animals, this park is easily accessible from the highway. Highlights include Tonsai Falls, rich, tropical evergreen forests, and significant numbers of gibbons, civets, macaques, mouse deer, wild boar, lemurs, and loris.
2. Phromthep Cape. Located at the southern tip of the island, Phromthep Cape offers panoramic views of the coastline, outlying islands, and Nai Harn Bay. It is difficult to imagine a better spot to take in the sunset, but expect to do so standing shoulder to shoulder with like-minded tourists.
3. Golf Phuket. The limestone cliffs, tropical forests, and tranquil bays that surround the pristine links at the island’s premier golf and country club make it an unrivaled destination for practitioners of the sport looking for a bit of beauty to accompany their play.
4. Karon Beach. At nearly two miles across, Karon Beach is one of the area’s most beautiful and expansive beaches. Though less famous than nearby Patong Beach, its sheer size is typically sufficient to keep it from becoming overly crowded.