In Southern Thailand, there are world-class luxury resorts in the Andaman Sea on Phuket and in the Gulf of Thailand at Ko Samui. Phuket is Thailand's largest island. It is 48 kilometers long and 21 kilometers wide at the widest point. It is connected to the mainland by two short bridges spanning a small channel. Between Phuket and Krabi, there are dozens of small islands and islets that are destinations for fun and adventure(see things to do in Thailand), and Krabi on the mainland is another major resort area that has national parks. Many of the small islands have accommodations or natural beaches. On Phuket itself are a dozen major beaches and big resorts, and it has its own airport that allows regional flights to Bangkok, Pattaya, and international destinations.
On the island, there are big resorts at Patong Beach and Karon. There are also quiet beaches you can visit. There are golf courses, and there are a lot of opportunities for fishing, diving and visiting the smaller islands. There is a town in the southeast called Phuket Town. Phuket Town has the cheapest hotel rooms, but it isn't on a beach. The airport is in the northwest of the island. Phuket International Airport (HKT) has frequent flights to Bangkok. There are also direct flights to Qatar, Germany, Singapore, and Australia. It is one of Thailand's busiest airports. See Thailand transportation
I updated this article on May 5, 2013
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