Phuket is a jungle covered mountainous island in the Andaman Sea with beautiful white sand beaches and irresistible turquoise bays set amongst the jagged coastline. Thailand’s most famous island has an international and domestic airport and is connected by a short bridge to the mainland.

Phuket is ideal for day trips to some beautiful and famous islands, such as Phi Phi Leh where ‘The Beach’ was filmed and Phang Nga Bay where the famous limestone pinnacle is featured in the James Bond ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ movie. Perfect for swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling.

Yes, there’s plenty of shopping that can be done in Phuket too but Bangkok is better value and has a greater choice.