Pattaya or phuket?? Which ones is more beautiful??
For Phuket, if you use a bus to get there it will take around 12 hours just one way. Local transportation in Phuket is not cheap.
If your time is short in Thailand flying to Phuket is recommended.
If you actually intend to swim at a beach vs just looking at it - Phuket area has the better beaches!
Up to you.
Loki....'first'...you beg the question. She was lovely but...?