Just 860km South of Bangkok, Thailand's largest island was once known for tin mining and rubber plantations. Today the white sandy beaches, world class hotels, abundant nature and hedonistic nightspots draw tourists from all walks of life. Be pampered at a spa, explore ancient temples, party the night away, splash about in crystal clear waters, eat delicious local and international food – the options are endless. High season runs from November to February, though Phuket remains popular all year round. Low season (May to October) brings big waves and an enthusiastic surfing crowd.