The South

Of the five million tourists who visit Phuket annually, the majority flock to Patong, Karon, and Kata on the island’s southwest coast. Here, they find an array of world-class restaurants, activities, and hotels, all set amid the tropical backdrop of rolling green hills and crystal-blue waters. But most of southern Phuket doesn’t pretend to be an escape. Rather, it represents total engagement with its busy beaches, seaside restaurants, open-air bazaars, and throbbing nightclubs. Phuket Town, with its historical architecture, Chinese heritage, and southern Thai cuisine, represents a destination almost wholly distinct from the island’s more ...

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