West Coast Thai Beach Holidays: An Overview

Travel down the coast of Thailand and veer west for crystal clear waters and spectacular marine life that make it a favourite amongst divers and snorkelers, as well as miles of white sand beaches and magnificent scenery - the perfect setting for a luxury beach holiday.

Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, has a tropical climate and long beautiful stretches of coastline. The surrounding region also boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in Asia, and this diverse landscape is mountainous and heavily forested.

To the west of Phuket lies the Andaman Sea and the Similan Islands, while to the east lies the protected Gulf of Phuket, home to Phang Nga Bay and the beautiful islands of Koh Phi Phi. The islands make great day trip destinations by boat, and also offer superb diving. As well as stunning beaches, the hotels we have chosen on and around Phuket offer first-class accommodation and facilities such as watersports, tennis, spas and delicious Thai cuisine. Phuket also has a number of good golf courses, as well as the nightlife of Patong Beach.

On the mainland of Thailand sits Khao Lak, which boasts no less than three national parks and beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. It is also home to the Sarojin, a favourite of Original Travel's. The island of Koh Lanta is nearby. Less developed and more deserted, the beaches and rainforest are spectacular, and the odds of bumping into fellow beach-goers are favourable.

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Snorkelling in Thailand
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Phang Nga Snorkelling Trip

Enjoy a full day snorkelling trip from Phuket pier to Phang Nga Bay, heading across by boat to the wide channel separating Koh Yao and Koh Yao Noi islands. Don your mask and jump overboard to snorkel in these calm waters which are teeming with tropical fish. Then continue on to swim in the waters of Phang Nga Bay and stop here for a picnic lunch aboard the boat.

Phuket Street Food
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Street Food Tour in Phuket Town

Discover the best local food in Phuket's old town on a street food tour. Begin early and spend the morning wandering along the side streets of the city, stopping off at food stalls which sell everything from fresh fruit to noodle dishes. Enjoy dim sum for breakfast with some locally grown coffee and chat to some of the shop owners, many of whom have been running these stalls for generations.

The Grotto Restaurant
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Dine in a Cave

Enjoy lunch or dinner in the spectacular natural setting of The Grotto, a restaurant nestled into the ancient limestone cliff at Rayavadee Resort. This is the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch overlooking Phranang Beach or to sip cocktails as the sun sets over the water. You can also enjoy a seafood barbecue here in the evening upon request, dining on fresh, locally caught fish.

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A Note on Price

Thailand is great value for money, and can be done on a real range of budgets. Direct flights to Bangkok cost around £650 per person, and domestic flights are reasonably inexpensive. Super-luxe holidays that include stays at beautiful tented camps in the jungle and private beach villas on the coast will cost around £10,000 per person. However, choosing quaint boutique hotels means you'll pay more like £1,800 per person.

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