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For many, Phuket is synonymous with clubs, discos, mass tourism and young people looking for fun. That side is Patong, with its crowded beaches and five-star resorts where visitors go in search of serenity. But there isn’t only the west coast of Phuket; On the other side of the island, there is a paradise lost, and not because of its distance from civilization, but it’s a more individual-oriented Thailand, inhabited by expats and frequented by travellers in search of truth and luxury tourism.
The capital of the Phuket province is a beautiful town with a fascinating historic centre offering everything you expect from an experience in Thailand: history, architecture, colourful and chaotic markets, street food and nightlife. The main streets, Krabi Road, Dibuk Road and Thalang Road have colourful Sino-Portuguese houses that are the homes to shops and cafés. The rich colonial-style buildings have been converted into museums, but there are also modern attractions such as the Chillva Market – an international outdoor pop-up market full of Western stalls.
Cape Yamu is a peninsula that extends into the Andaman Sea of Phang Nga Bay. Private villas nestled in the forest, exclusive beaches, fishermen on board of small traditional boats, and silence: This is the most exclusive corner of the island. Just a few minutes’ drive from Phuket Town, the cape is scattered with the invisible private villas designed by Philippe Stark, and, on the tip, it’s occupied by just Como Point Yamu resort, designed by Paola Navone, offering its guests the true luxuries of a private island.
Phang Nga Bay is one of the top destinations on the east coast, famous for its emerald green waters and the hundreds of islands scattered in the sea including the famous one featured in the James Bond movie. This corner of Thailand is loved by those who practice sports like kayaking, scuba diving and those looking for relaxation on the beach. The Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is an area of virgin tropical forest where you can enjoy trekking through lush vegetation, waterfalls and wildlife.
The old Sino-Portuguese town, you can easily visit it on foot in half a day.
Every Sunday from afternoon to evening, Thalang Road is full of peddlers and street food stalls.
The first large Sino-Portuguese villa in Phuket Town is now home to the famous and elegant Blue Elephant Thai restaurant.
The typical local cuisine with Chinese influences to try in the street or in restaurants like Mee Ton Poe or Lock Tien, where the original Hokkien sai kai (Hokkien style noodles, stirred with an egg) are served.
Private villas, pool suites and infinity pools overlooking the horizon. The Shambala Spa and Beach Club is on a private island, reachable aboard a traditional boat.
To sunbathe, play sports, eat or get a Thai massage from one of the therapists of the Spa Como Shambala.
Traditional Thai cuisine. Unlike Bangkok, southern cuisine is sweeter and spicier.
Try Thai boxing – a sport that trains strength and balance. It is the national sport fought in always very crowded places.
A 45-meter statue which stands on a hill. An impressive and wonderful spot to admire the southern part of the island.
An unexplored island in the Phang Nga Bay nature reserve, where some scenes of the film The Man with the Golden Gun were shot. Day trips are organized to Khao Phing Kan.