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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.
Spa treatments in Phuket are really something else, so treat yourself while you are here.
Thailand: Phang Nga, Koh Rawi
The busy Sumatran port of Belawan is the gateway to Gunung Leuser National Park, a remarkably biodiverse habitat that receives relatively few visitors. The jungle is home to some of the world’s most endangered species, with a decent chance of spotting wild orangutans.
The port of Malacca has a rich multicultural heritage, a product of its history as an important trading hub. Over the years the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and British all held sway here, which is reflected today in the city’s eclectic architecture and unique cuisine.
The once sleepy backwater of Kompong Som, renamed after the former king Norodom Sihanouk, is the rising star of the Cambodian coast’s burgeoning tourist industry. Here you’ll find beautiful sandy beaches and a string of laid back islands that are still largely undeveloped.
Vietnam: Con Dao, Con Son Island, Cai Be
Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City
Still often referred to by its old name, Saigon, Vietnam's busiest city is much more westernised than Hanoi, though it still retains plenty of charm. Saigon was the capital of the South during the Vietnam War, and American-style capitalism has been embraced more enthusiastically here than in the North, with a clutch of shining skyscrapers standing as testament to Vietnam's surging economic growth. You can learn more about the city's turbulent recent history at the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum, shop for souvenirs at the colourful markets, or take a trip out of the city to the fascinating (and claustrophobic) Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network of underground passages excavated by the Viet Cong during the war.
Ben Thanh Market has an eclectic mix of wares. From the usual tourist fodder to kitchen utensils and everything in between, go there for the atmosphere rather than the shopping.
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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.
Where to stay in Saigon
We think the Park Hyatt is a good choice.
Sightseeing in Saigon
The country’s turbulent past is captured superbly at the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. A fascinating visit.