A short drive north of Phuket, Khao Lak is a beachfront village with endless white and gold beaches. You can walk for hours over soft warm sand fringed with coconut palms and you can always find long stretches all to yourself. Be sure to visit Pak Weep Beach and Khao Lak Beach, two of the finest bays in the area. Also, take time to explore the national parks to spot the exotic wildlife on offer. Just north of Khao Lak, Takua Pa offers a taste of Thai lifestyle and culture. Explore the old town and the new town for different sights and flavours. The old town is situated by a scenic riverfront with Sino-Portuguese architecture, Chinese shrines, tea houses and friendly locals happy to share their cultural traditions with visitors. Otherwise, the new town features traditional Thai buildings and lots of markets selling local produce and handicrafts. Head south to Phang Nga Town and discover the gateway to Khao Phing Kan. Also known as James Bond Island for its starring role in one of the Bond films, here's where you'll find unreal vertical karst rock formations rising out of emerald waters, secret caves and stunning beaches.