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The DA Guide to Phuket

Phuket is far more than a beach destination, or a convenient jumping-off point for exploring the karst-studded waters of Phang Nga Bay. The island province has a lot going for it: the scenic coastline is dotted with many of Thailand’s top resorts, alongside boutique hotels that nod to Phuket’s tin-mining history and the local Sino-Portuguese heritage. Plus there are myriad attractions to keep you entertained, whether you’re coming with small children or a group of like-minded friends. A new wave of fine-dining establishments has sprung up in recent years—most showcase island-grown ingredients and some champion Southern Thai flavors, often in surprising ways. An equally avant-garde cocktail bar scene concentrated in Phuket’s namesake capital adds to the vibrant milieu.