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Islands around Phuket


From a few minutes by speedboat to a day’s sailing away, Phuket is surrounded by so many tropical islands, of such outstanding natural beauty, that literally weeks can be spent exploring.
 
At the far north of Phuket’s cruising grounds lie the nine islands of the Similans-noted for their magnificent dive sites-to the south, the brooding intensity of Taratao- a prison colony during World War II and now part of the fiftyone island Taratao National Park-and in between dozens of isles offering pristine beaches, spectacular scenery and a peace and serenity unique to the Andaman.
 
Perhaps the most popular of the islands off Phuket are the twins, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley. The latter of these was the stage for the recent Hollywood movie-The Beach, while the former has become a busy tourist destination, offering a range of accommodation andwater sport activities. 20km southeast of Phuket, the Phi Phi islands also afford visitors some excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities-the nearby islets of Bida Ley and Bida Nok of particular note.
 
The sheltered waters of Phangnga Bay have their own gifts of nature peculiar to this region alone. Scattered around the bay, craggy, hollow limestone escarpments thrust up from the sea like primordial fortresses. Caves, cut through the friable rock by salt water and usually only accessible at certain times of the tide, allow access to remarkable microcosms of nature. These lost worlds are havens for rare forms of flora and fauna and are also home to the swiftlets whose nests are considered great delicacies by the Chinese.
 
It was in this region that part of the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, was filmed, and the gravity defying Raya Ring Island is now one of the bay’s busiest tourist sites.
 
Best explored by yacht, charters and day cruises around Phangnga Bay are readily available from Phuket, while ferry services and dive trips run to Phi Phi daily. If time is of the essence, high speed motor launches can be hired from several locations around the island.
 
 
Phi Phi Islands
 
Phi Phi Islands
Of the two islands, Phi Phi Don is the larger and more developed. The smaller, Phi Phi Le, took the title role in the film adaptation of The Beach starring opposite Leonardo Di Caprio .. read more
 
 
Raya(Racha) Noi Island
 
Raya(Racha) Noi Island
This island, 10 km from Raya Yai, is the result of coral reef build up, and there are more rocks than beaches. In a small bay on the west is a boat anchorage.The waters at Raya Noi are emerald green, and the fishing there is famous, but swimming is not recommended .. read more
 
 
Raya(Racha) Yai Island
 
Raya(Racha) Yai Island
The clean, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Raya Yai are a major attraction for daytrippers from Phuket. On the west coast of Raya Yai is a fine beach, closed in by a horseshoe-shaped hillside .. read more
 
 
Mai Thon Island
 
Mai Thon Island
This tiny island off Phuket’s southeast coast is highly prized for its still perfect natural environment, including fine white beaches and crystal waters; ideal for swimming, diving, or fishing .. read more
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
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