Tracy asked for a guide to exotic islands. Well, here's one.
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand. It is a popular holiday resort. It was badly hit by the 2004 tsunami, but apparently 4 years on all traces of this disaster have gone.
Reasons you might want to visit Phuket
The Prestige: Phuket is one of those places that everyone knows is exotic. All your neighbours will be impressed and jealous. It's also suitably expensive.
The Beaches: There certainly are some unspoilt stretches of sand, if you like that sort of thing.
The Exotic Architecture: There aren't many places where the lighthouses look like this ancient (circa 1996) example:
The Nightlife: Phuket boasts an impressive array of services to cover all requirements: restaurants, bars, viagara, massage parlours (including erotic ones), and prostitutes catering for every taste and orientation.
The Scenery: It is impressive.
Reasons you might not want to visit Phuket
The Prestige: What? Spend all that money to go to "Fuckit"? Your blog friends will have a field day.
The Beaches: Who wants to lie on a beach getting skin cancer? Especially an empty one - fewer bikini-clad beauties to eye-up. And they don't even let them go topless...
The Exotic Architecture:
The Nightlife: Do you really want to have to deal with pushy viagara salesmen everywhere you go? People have died taking that stuff without proper medical advice. And apparently the prostitution thing is seriously complicated, and I'm told you can't tell the difference between the transvestites and the women. At least, not until it's too late...
The Scenery: Okay, I really can't think of anything bad or silly to say about it. It does look amazing.
Anyway, don't take my word for it. We're now all eagerly awaiting a proper travel report from Tracy.