Destination: Thailand: Phuket
Phuket’s reputation as Thailand’s swankiest island belies its regional nuances. The sea may be most sublime to swim in and watch sparkle on Pansea Beach but for lovers there is no lovelier walk than the one along Mai Khao. Those seeking instant access to outside dining, shopping and nightlife will want to position themselves near Patong or along Kata Beach; while those seeking simply to retreat have a number of exceptional refuges to choose among.
Eat…with your feet in the sand at Naoki
Savor…a day’s worth of treatments at the award-winning Banyan Tree spa
Visit…Wat Chalong, Phuket’s largest and most important Buddhist temple
See…the island from above by booking a helicopter tour
Skip…the crowds of Patong and Phuket Town, hopelessly overrun with low-budget travelers
Know…that the best time to visit is late November through early April, when the temperatures hover between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (the rainy season is May through October)
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