Sun-drenched beaches and a dizzying array of nightlife

Racha Yai is the most well-known Phuket dive site and hosts spectacular coral displays. Patong is party central – its 4-kilometre beachfront is lined with bars, restaurants and a dizzying array of entertainment. Bangala Road is the place to go for the liveliest clubs. There's no shortage of Western food if your palate isn't up for the exotic but if you'd like to try a quirky dining location on the island, consider Mor Mudong Restaurant, dramatically situated among the mangroves in Chalong.

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For a less party-hardy experience, head to the quieter cove of Karon and indulge in a massage. Further afield, try kayaking around the limestone caves in Phang Nga Bay or consider staying in oft-overlooked Phuket Town on the eastern side of the island. Here you'll find Phuket's best examples of Sino-Portuguese architecture. Wherever you end up on your holiday in Phuket – and whichever accommodation you choose – be sure to book well in advance if seeking an all-inclusive stay. Did we mention it's popular?

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