Phuket Beaches and Resorts
The population of the island is around 400,000 of which 80% is Buddhist and 15% Muslim. Mountains cover 70% of the island. The major tourist hotels are on the western shores, starting just north of the airport on Nai Yang Beach, adjacent to the Nai Yang National Park.
To the south is Nai Thon Beach, one of the few less developed areas on the island. This exceptional beach is shared by three small hotels: The Andaman White Beach Resort, the Phuket Naithon Resort and the Phuket Nature Home Resort. This is a quiet, relaxing area with pleasing beach restaurants. Farther along is the fantastic Trisara. Driving around the side roads in the area will give you a good insight into typical Thai village life.
Bang Tao Beach is farther to the south and home to the luxury resorts set in the Laguna area. Laguna is a whole world on its own. It is not unlike the Lucayan concept on Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. The area has everything. There are luxury hotels, apartments, a shopping center, lagoons, a by product from the bygone days of tin mining, restaurants, a golf course and several new housing projects. Expect to pay more for everything here. It is mostly new and growing rapidly.
Farther to the south are the beaches of Surin and Kamala. Surin was the site of the first golf course constructed in Thailand but is now a park and grazing area for buffalo. The beach is ideal for water sports of all kinds but can be very dangerous during the monsoon season because of a strong undercurrent. There are several very expensive housing projects in the area and also some quality hotels.
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