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Setting sail from Phuket
Phuket is Thailand's most popular tourist destination, and it's true that it can be crowded and overdeveloped in places, but it's not hard to escape the masses and be reminded why this idyllic island is known as the 'Pearl of the Andaman'. As well as a plethora of luxury resorts, Phuket has a charming old town replete with pretty Sino-Portuguese architecture, and acts as a jump-off point for exploring nearby islands and coastline. Koh Phing Pan, better known as James Bond Island, and Ko Phi Phi are breathtakingly beautiful, as are the limestone formations that surround the mainland town of Krabi.
There are so many temples, but we really like Wat Srisoonthorn with the reclining Buddha – very peaceful and lots to see.
Myanmar (Burma): Myauk Phyu, Lampi National Park, Bo Cho Island, Frost Island
India: Port Blair
Originally established by the British as a penal colony, vibrant Port Blair is the biggest town in the Andaman Islands. You can learn about the colonial history of the islands at a handful of interesting museums, or you may prefer to head straight for one of the beautiful beaches.
India: South Cinque Island
Sri Lanka: Trincomalee
Trincomalee, on Sri Lanka’s less developed east coast, has begun to re-emerge as a tourist destination following the end of the island’s bitter civil war in 2009. The sleepy streets are scattered with churches, mosques and Hindu temples, and the nearby beaches of Uppuveli and Nilaveli are stunning.
Sri Lanka: Kirinda (Yala National Park)
The village of Kirinda, on Sri Lanka’s south east coast, is the jumping off point for the magnificent Yala National Park. Yala is home to a host of wildlife, including elephants, monkeys, buffalo and sloth bears, and is best known for its high concentration of leopards.
Sri Lanka: Galle
The Dutch colonial architecture of the Fort, Galle’s walled old quarter, is one of the highlights of Sri Lanka’s south coast. The atmospheric streets are home to all manner of beguiling boutiques, cafés and restaurants, and the beach towns of Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna are just a short drive away.
Arriving in Colombo
Don't be deceived by the urban sprawl; Colombo may be a little chaotic, but there is plenty to recommend Sri Lanka's colourful capital. Faded colonial architecture and beautiful Buddhist temples hint at the city's considerable history, while the excellent restaurants, lively bars and characterful streets provide the perfect introduction to contemporary Sri Lankan culture.
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Where to stay in Phuket
So much choice! For something a bit different, we like the Keemala, 38 villas each with private pool.
To see the islands, make an early start, rent a long tail boat, and ask to go away from the crowds.