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Eight days in southern Thailand

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mtv.co.uk have visited Thailand recently and come up with their own short, cool, stays in the southern region. If you have a spare eight days, here is their guide for a quick southern beach holiday.

Phuket: 2 nights

How to get there

It’s time to switch it up and head to the Southern region of Thailand. The easiest way is to fly direct to Phuket, an hour from Bangkok, to hours from Chiang Mai, an hour from Kuala Lumpur and 90 minutes from Singapore. Book in advance with any of the many budget airlines that have direct local flights into Phuket – Air Asia, Nok Airways, Jetstar, Lion Air, Bangkok Air, Thai Smile. Many airlines fly direct to Phuket from overseas airports. There is also daily bus services travelling to the island and a train from Bangkok, but you’ll need to get off at Surat Thani and take a three hour bus to Phuket.

What to do

Phuket is often seen simply as a gateway to the islands in the Andaman – but with over 30 beaches of its own, it’s a great destination in its own right too. Visit Patong and Patong Beach for a raucous night out on Bangla Road (think neon lights, rowdy bars, and crowded streets: see The Hangover 2 for reference).

For those who prefer a quieter holiday, Phuket old town has many excellent restaurants, quirky shops, cafés and art shops with lots of local history, while a day trip to the Similan Islands is an absolute MUST – you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a legit screensaver. Phang Nga Bay and the floating Muslim village of Koh Panyee are also highlights of the region. On the island there are temples, Big Buddha, international stage shows, ladyboy shows (family friendly) and lots of markets and shopping opportunities.

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Koh Phi Phi: 3-4 nights

How to get there

A 90-minute ferry or 45-minute speedboat ride is all takes to get from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi, which is actually two islands: the larger Phi Phi Don is all about beach bars (featuring fire throwing shows), busy township with touristy shops and hedonistic vibes. In contrast the smaller Phi-Phi Leh is undeveloped, with coral reefs, towering cliffs, and lush greenery. It’s hotel-free too – and can only be visited for the day. Remember, for now, Maya Bay remains closed to tourists and can only be viewed in a drive-by with local tour boats.

What to do

Get. Beachy. Phi-Phi’s gorgeous white sands, vivid turquoise water and awesome rock formations make for a tropical paradise – perfect for lazy days sunbathing, snorkelling, and generally riding that relaxi-taxi all the way to stress-free town.

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Krabi: 1 night

How to get there

Another short ferry ride (between 1-3 hours) will take you back to the mainland, and deposit you in the hectic heart of Krabi, backpacker central. Ao Nang, the main beach town in the area, is renowned for bar crawls, clubs, and that fresher’s week feel, so stay for one night of fun and then move on, heading across to the East Coast.

What to do

Party, honey. Alternatively, take it easy and enjoy a dip in the shockingly clear waters of Thung Teo Forest National Park’s Emerald Pool, after working up a sweat exploring forest trails and waterfalls. Oh, and while you’re on the ‘natural pool’ flex, the mineral-infused Klong Thom Hot Springs are an hour’s drive from central Krabi. If climbing 1237 steps to Buddhist nirvanas your thing, then a visit to Wat Tham Suea or Tiger Cave Temple will provide you with a lot of exercise (take GOOD walking shoes) and an astonishing view when you reach the top.

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Koh Lanta: 2 nights

How to get there

Ferries between Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta take 1 hour, and cost 400 baht, approx.

What to do

After some potentially wild nights on Phi Phi, Koh Lanta will feel like a haven, with its long, quiet beaches, relaxing reggae bars (grab a bean bag chair for a front seat to spectacular sunsets), and almost empty roads – perfect for exploring by scooter. Head to Koh Lanta’s National Park (there’s a small entry fee, but it’s worth it) to hike trails, do some monkey spotting, and visit two idyllic beaches.

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