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Phuket’s glorious climate is made for outdoor activity, although the humidity makes it advisable to avoid major exertion in the middle of the day. If you want to walk, there are town treks and park trails. You can snorkel or scuba dive on glorious reefs, go sailing, hit the golf courses and more.

1. Blue Canyon Golf

The two championship courses at Blue Canyon have been hosting major international tournaments since 1994, featuring players such as Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Ernie Els. The courses were built on the site of an abandoned tin mine surrounded by rubber plantations at the north of Phuket.

2. Yacht rental

Phuket hosts major yachting regattas during the year – with Race Week and the King's Cup the main events – and there are many places for enthusiasts to rent a yacht, especially in the south of the island. People can choose a bareboat or a crewed yacht, and overnight or longer rentals are possible.

3. Phuket Town walking tour

The gorgeous Sino-Portuguese architecture of old Phuket Town rewards a quiet exploration. Begin at Thalang Road and wander along Rasada, Phang Nga, Dibuk and Krabi roads to soak up the local 'Baba' culture, which arose from the mixing of Thai and Hokkien Chinese people.

4. Cable Jungle Adventure Phuket

If ziplining is your thing, this 2000m course through the jungle canopy in the north of the island is ideal. There are 21separate zipline runs, and a maximum height of 50m. Instructors are on hand for guidance and to point out the wildlife.

5. Khao Phra Thaew National Park

This rainforest park is the best place to get out among nature in Phuket. An 8km-long trail runs between two waterfalls, Bang Pae and Ton Sai, and there are shorter walks around the waterfalls and through jungle areas. Situated in the central north.

6. Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre

Thailand has an often-shameful record when it comes to endangered species, so this centre that aims to protect and rehabilitate illegally trafficked gibbons back into the wild is a delight. It is volunteer-run, and situated next to Bang Pae waterfall in Khao Phra Thaew NP.

7. Saphan Hin

This seaside park in Phuket Town is a focus for much of the town's activities, and particularly busy during festivals. There is a small mangrove forest walkway, a monument to the tin mining era and a walking and jogging track as well as a sport centre and food outlets.

8. Sirinath National Park

This park at the northern tip of the island comprises jungle and beach scenery. A feature is an 800m walkway through a mangrove forest at Tah Chatchai that offers a chance to enjoy the eco-system and its wildlife. Nai Yang, Nai Thon and Mai Khao beaches are within its boundaries.

9. Similan Islands

These islands north of Phuket are open for six months of the year during the peak season. The islands themselves are known for their distinctive grey boulders and fine beaches, but the real treat here is the scuba and snorkelling opportunities along its reefs.

10. Monkey Hill

Get rid of the cobwebs with a challenging hike up Toh Sae Hill in Phuket Town. It's enjoyable for the views of the town as you climb, and for the macaques that inhabit the jungle. They're not especially aggressive unless you wave food about