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South West, Thailand

With crystal clear waters and miles of beautiful coastline South West Thailand is a water lover’s paradise. From the glamour of Phuket to the remote Island of Koh Lanta, South West Thailand is there to explore.

The International resort of Phuket is the hub of the South West Thailand. Home to a myriad of glamorous hotels, Phuket is one of the top destinations for travellers to Asia. It boasts idyllic beaches, nature reserves and an endless choice of hotels from minimalist chic to large family friendly resorts. It would be a shame to stop here, the real gems of Thailand are there to discover. Khao Lak to the north is a perfect place to get away from it all. With miles of white beach on the beautiful Andaman Sea you get a sense of Thailand as it was 20 years ago. With access to the marine national parks of the Similan and Surin Islands and inland the Jungle Khao Sok national park you will not be short of activities if you are able to drag yourself away from the beach. Snorkelling, diving, rafting and jungle trekking are a few of the many activities on offer.

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Inland Khao Sok national Park provides the opportunity for adventure. Luxury Elephant camps, floating tents, kayaking rafting and trekking, we think it would be a shame to miss. Leave the beach and have a few days of adventure. Helping an Elephant have a bath is one thing you will never forget.

To many, the iconic limestone cliffs of Krabi and Phang Nga Bay embody Thailand. It really is one of the most beautiful spots in Asia and really does live up to expectations. You might recognise the area as the baddie’s hideout in The Man with the Golden Gun, but Bond didn’t do it justice. For honeymooners there are plenty of secluded romantic hotels on the Islands and beaches that are scattered around Phang Nga Bay, the island of Yao Noi is our top pick for those seeking unadulterated barefoot luxury. It is not just for honeymooners the area is one of the best places for a first family holiday in Asia. Everyone is entranced by the natural beauty and whether you want to kick back and enjoy the scenery with a cold beer or spend the day diving and snorkelling you will be spoilt for choice.

Serenity seekers should head further south toward Ko Lanta and the surrounding islands with its dense forest tumbling down into coves and beaches. Find a secluded bamboo beach bar, switch of your phone and enjoy!

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