SPORTS

So, you may wish to do something more energetic than lying on the beach. We may be able to recommend a swimming pool you can use but hotels regularly change their stance on public usage so we can't promise.

Other Phuket-based watersports include deep-sea fishing, jetskiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, snorkelling, scuba-diving and surfing in the sea at Kata during September and October but you can try this fun surf simulator at any time of year.

You can also try beach volleyball, tennis, squash, cycling, hiking, zip-lining, bungee jumping, quad-biking, pistol-shooting, trampolining, ten-pin bowling and golf (we have clubs to rent).

There's a gym nearby and for a more authentic experience, Phuket is home to many Muay Thai camps, some of which accept day-visitors.

You can watch Muay Thai fights in Patong or Chalong and although spectator sports are limited Phuket does have a football team and Karon has played host to a number of professional and amateur beach volleyball tournaments