The rainforest island of Phuket is famous for its natural beauty, beautiful beaches and lively nightlife, making it an ideal holiday destination for groups of friends, families and couples. From rainforest treks to boat excursions, there's enough to keep you entertained for months. Koh Kaew itself offers peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, and is within easy reach of the island's many pristine beaches and wonderful restaurants.
Hotels in Koh Kaew
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Things to do
Whether you're looking for a beach getaway or city break, Koh Kaew has something to offer every discerning traveller
A 35 minute taxi ride, but great for those with kids. The waters are shallow and there are a number of nice restaurants.
Nai Harn Beach
Very safe and pleasant, with a beach patrol, it boasts a massage place, a restaurant and a supermarket close by.
Bang Tao Beach
On the island's west, this 6km beach offers peace and quiet and opportunities to swim away from the crowds.
It may be a 45 minute drive, but it's one of the best surfing beaches on Phuket, with shops, restaurants and massages.
Phuket Old Town
The old town is a must, with weekend markets and many traditional shops giving you a flavour of traditional Thailand.
Local food is integral to Thai culture and this market near Mu Ban Suan Thai is a great way to explore the cuisine.
Phuket Trickeye Museum
A museum just 20 minutes away, it's one for the young at heart allowing visitors to interact with the paintings.
Siam Niramit Phuket
This show is a great way to learn about Thai traditions and culture as part of an entertaining show.
Simba Sea Trips
A 10 minute drive, this operator takes groups out to see the sunrise and offers trips to beautiful Phi Phi Island.
Asian Dolphins takes groups out on boat trips where you can go snorkelling and see monkeys in their natural habitat.
Divers will love this place near the marina. Excursions for experienced divers and courses for beginners are available.
The 25 minute taxi is worth it for this rainforest adventure, with excellent (and reassuring) guides on hand to help.
Dinner on a boat
There are a few floating restaurants on Phuket. Try the area around Coconut Island for a unique dining experience.
Try the marina
There is a diverse range of restaurants near Royal Phuket Marina, serving both Western and Thai cuisine.
Eat seafood near Laem Hin
Try one of the restaurants near Laem Hin airport. Walk along the pier for lots of places serving fresh seafood.
An area close to Phuket Boat Lagoon
This is a great spot for restaurants, with local cuisine as well as English comforts all available to visitors.
Though this is primarily a restaurant serving Italian cuisine, it's one of the best spots to get top quality wines.
Chill out in the Village
The Village resort on Coconut Island is a great place to wind down in the evening with a cocktail and watch the sunset.
Laem Hin Seafood
This is both a great restaurant and nightlife option, with a choice of beers and excellent views of the seafront.
Visit this bar in Phuket, where mixologists create an array of unusual and delicious cocktails. A must for party people.
Holidays in Koh Kaew
Koh Kaew has something to offer everyone from last minute breaks to family friendly holidays