Phuket

Thailand’s largest island nation

Take a flight into this perfect escapade for beach lovers that stretches 48 km in length and faces the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand. Take your pick from amongst the many water sports and leisure activities available. The beach of Bang Thao is a very long stretch, perfect for strolls. For a quick view of the aquatic life in the waters, visit the Phuket Aquarium in Cape Panwa, which showcases a variety of tropical fish and corals.

Island hop to a host of islands surrounding Phuket, such as Ko Bon, Jo Hae and Ko Yao. Set out on a boat to nearby Phi Phi Leh, where Leonardo Di Caprio's The Beach was filmed. Also visit Phang Nga, which is famed for being the setting for two James Bond movies. For shopping and a robust nightlife head over to Patong – or take a breather at Karon for a quieter alternative. The best way to travel the town is on a ‘songthaew’, a little truck that ferries passengers for an affordable price.