Insider Guide: Best of Phuket

Its hard to explain Phukets allure.

Perhaps the easiest way would be to compare it to a super-sexy but rebellious supermodel. The Naomi Campbell of the tourist trail.

Phukets beauty has never been in dispute. Its natural attractions are stunning.

What plagues Thailands biggest island is a reputation for petty crime, unsafe roads, aggressive taxi drivers, jet-ski scams and over-developed beaches.

Thai authorities promise theyre working to rebuild the islands reputation as a family-friendly holiday destination by cleaning up these messes. (Whether their efforts are cosmetic or concrete will play out in the months and years to come.)

But there is, of course, a