Phuket is Thailand’s largest Island, 850 km’s south of Bangkok and is a major tourist destination drawing visitors to its beautiful beaches and hedonistic lifestyle.
Phuket is a magical place, where people’s fantasies come true, be it adventure, romance or relaxation, one visit to Phuket can change your life forever.
Phuket is famous for its hospitality, its numerous attractions and its friendly people, and no matter where you go on the Island, you will find something of interest and be greeted with a warm friendly smile.
Located on the west coast of Thailand’s mainland, on the Andaman Sea, part of Phang Nga Bay area and fairly close to Krabi District, Phuket is not only one of the most popular places to visit in Thailand, but is one of the most visited places in the world, its reputation for pristine beaches, delicious food, diverse landscape and exotic nightlife attracts 4 million plus visitors every year.
Offering white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, long winding scenic coastal roads with spectacular sunsets and Island adventures that are 2nd to none, Phuket is your first choice as a holiday destination, whether alone or with the family –
Phuket has it all.
MAP OF PHUKET
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GETTING TO PHUKET
There are three ways to get to Phuket –
- Arrive by plane (Phuket International Airport)
- Arrive by road
- Arrive by boat
WHERE TO STAY
TOURIST HOT SPOTS
- Kata and Kata Noi Beach
- Kamala Beach
- Laem Sing Beach
- Surin Beach
- Pensea Beach
- Bang Tao Beach
- Phuket Town
- Chalong Bay
- Nai Harn Beach
- Ya Nui Beach
- Prom Thep Cape
- Phi Phi Islands
- Koh Yao Yai
- Koh Yao Noi
- Koh Sire
- Koh Maprao
- Koh He
Phuket is 48 km’s long and 22 kms at its widest points from east to west and is mostly covered by heavily forested mountains and rolling hills, making it a visually exciting place to travel around. Agricultural land, rubber plantations and rainforest fill the interior and there are also many aquaculture farms on the east side of the Island that harvest seafood.
Most of the beaches are on the west side of the Island with a few exceptions on the east side. There are a few waterfalls on the Island that are open to tourist, some are free to enter, and one has an admission price.
Located close to the equator, Phuket has a tropical climate so most of the year it is hot and humid and has a lengthy wet season during the monsoons, humidity averages out for the year at – 77%
The temperature remains constant with little variation between wet and dry seasons, temperatures can get as high as 36 degrees between February and April with an average of 29 degrees Celsius for the year.
Wet season is between May and November with the wettest time of the year being September and October receiving over 350 mm of rain each during this period and with 22 -23 rainy days during each of these months.
Phuket’s history as a trading port is long and colourful and was already popular with the Indians and Chinese long before Europeans arrived in the 17th century, then, it was known as Jung Ceylon and wealth flowed into the Island from the sale of tin and rubber found in abundance located in the valleys and hills of the mountainous interior.
Today, the name has changed, the tin mines are gone and the rubber plantations are slowly being cut down and replaced by hotels and tourist attractions, tourism is now the main source of employment and revenue for the district.
In December 2004, many area’s in and around Phuket where extensively damaged by a tsunami and many tourist areas had to be rebuilt.
Today, Phuket is back, bigger and better than ever.
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