CRUISE / ANDAMAN SEA
No holiday to Phuket would be complete without a day trip out onto the Andaman’s teal waters to take in the dramatic limestone formations. Most tourists jump on an island-hopping cruise and head east to Koh Yao Noi and Koh Phi Phi’s white sands and crystal clear waters – it was the set for famed backpacker flick The Beach – as well as north to Phang Nga Bay, where the most famous site is Khao Phing Kan, an intriguing formation featured in the 1970s James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. Cruises vary in price, duration and quality, from old Chinese junks to lavish yachts. Pick one that includes drinks, good food and kayaks so that you can weave around the cliffs and karsts.