Phuket is an island which helps to form Thailand's southern province. The island is attached to the mainland by bridges and road networks.
Phuket is an island which helps to form Thailand's southern province. The island is attached to the mainland by bridges and road networks. Tourism is the largest part of the local economy and the island is popular with those exploring South East Asia; Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia all border Thailand. Backpackers and gap year students are common, along with the luxury resorts.
Tourism is the largest part of the local economy and the island is popular with those exploring South East Asia; Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia all border Thailand. Backpackers and gap year students are common, along with the luxury resorts.
Phuket was part of an important trade route in the 17th century and had a much vaunted reserve of tin. Nowadays Phuket is more famed for its booming tourism. The island is growing rapidly, and it is now not unusual to find shops and services that you might find in large cities such as Bangkok, or even the Western world. It also benefits from many rubber tree plantations.
Phuket is Thailand's largest island, and is connected to the mainland via two bridges. Phuket has a very consistent year round temperature of around 28 °C, but many visitors will want to avoid the rainy season (May - October).
Phuket is renowned for its golden beaches, of which it has some of the most famous in the world. The 2000 film 'The Beach' starring Leonardo DiCaprio famously used Ko Phi Phi Leh beach as its setting; the craggy coves and white sands are fairly typical of the beaches in the area.
Phang Nga Bay is accessible by boat and is one of the more famous beaches in Phuket - Phang Nga Bay is on the island Khao Phing Kan, or more commonly known by tourists as 'James Bond Island'; so called because of the scenes from 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. Kata Noi Beach, Nai Harn Beach, Freedom Beach, Kamala Beach, Kata Beach and Rawai Beach constitute a few of the other popular bays. Diving and snorkelling is a big business in Phuket and there are numerous organised boat trips and tours.
The Phuket Big Buddha is a large white statue of Buddha is set in a tranquil location overlooking the town and a good place to gauge the nature of the Phuket countryside. Karon View Point is a similar uphill trek and a good way to explore the local landscape.
Phuket Old Town is the commercial and residential heart of the island featuring small winding streets like Rasada Road and Soi Romanee. The architecture here is often described as Sino-Portuguese and is represented by small, colourful shop fronts and shuttered houses. There are intriguing temples and shrines to explore.
Last updated: 3 February 2015
Thailand is a popular holiday destination famed for its beaches, royal palaces and ancient ruins. While the temperatures are consistently high year round, there is tremendous variation in rainfall throughout the year.