Phuket is Thailand’s largest island at 48km in length and 21km at its widest. It’s in the south of Thailand, on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline. The provincial capital is Phuket City, which is also where the main bus station is found, providing short and long route buses to all main destinations of Thailand. Phuket Island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The next nearest province is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay.
Phuket remains to be one of the best islands in the entire Southeast Asia both for vacation and living. Recently, a great number of foreign tourists decide to purchase private property in Phuket. Actually, it is not surprising as buying houses on the paradise-like island is a safe and reliable investment. In addition, these natural and climatic conditions combined with such positive aspects as a high standard of living, a huge number of different social programs, a high level of education in various international kindergartens, schools and academies, well-developed infrastructure make Phuket very attractive for visitors and investors.
Climate in Phuket
Phuket features a tropical monsoon climate. Phuket is hot and humid throughout the year. The hot season is generally considered to be from Mar to early May. During the summer monsoon season from May-Oct, mornings and afternoons are sunny and clear, but it tends to rain in the evenings and the clarity of the water goes down. Locals consider Nov-Feb the "cool" season, and the weather is quite tolerable. It's comparable to Florida's summer weather in temperature and intensity of rain storms: 25-33 degrees Celsius, scudding clouds, short and thunderous rainfalls in the afternoons and evenings. Surfing is possible off the western beaches.
Peculiarities of geography
Phuket or Phuket Island is the largest island in Thailand located on the west of The Andaman Sea. Phuket has a total area of about 876 Square kilometers including the coastal plains and foothills and is understandably the most popular travel and vacation destination among visitors from all over the world. Phuket is connected to Phang Nga by the Sarasin Bridge over 600 meters in length and surrounded by thousands of wonderful islands and Phuket is also known as The Pearl of the Andaman Sea.
Phuket is a melting pot of indigenous Thais, Thai-Chinese, ethnic Malays and even sea gypsies. The majority of the population in the rural areas is Muslim. Outside of the provincial town, the rural folk speak with a thick Southern dialect which is difficult for even other Thais to understand. The provincial town’s economy having boomed over the past decade has led to a lot of the youngsters leading similar lives to those in Bangkok. Altogether, the lifestyle of the urban Sino-Thais in Phuket resembles that of their counterparts in Bangkok.
Interesting Activities in Phuket
Phuket is a famous tourist destination in Thailand; known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. In addition, there is also cultural tourism such as Chalong temple (Wat Chalong), The Mining Museum, Chino building and food & desserts that reflect the uniqueness of Phuket.
- Shopping mall
- Scuba diving
- Sailing and Yachting
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Elephant trekking
- Thai boxing training
- Mountain hiking
- Extreme sport
- Horse riding
- Bungy jump
- Thai cultural spa
- Festivals in Phuket
- Thai cooking class
- Night market
- Beautiful beaches
Nightlife is one of the famous activities in Phuket. Phuket’s reputation as a partying hotspot is well-deserved, with an international crowd of revelers. Go-go bars, Ladyboy cabaret shows, disco and clubs, live bands and international DJs, are everything that makes Thailand’s party scene famous the world over.
- Mai Kao Beach – Located in the northwest coast of Phuket. This 11 km long straight beach is still blessedly undeveloped as it is part of the Sirinat National Park; it is a peaceful beach for relaxing and sunbathing.
- Nai Thorn and Nai Yang Beach – There are located in the territory of Sirinat National Park near Phuket international airport.
- Bang Thao Beach – it’s the longest beach in Phuket, about 6 km or 4 miles.
- Surin Beach – This beach is on the west coast of Phuket, about 15 km north of Patong, has plenty of different attractions as well-nature.
- Kamala Beach – This beach offers much privacy, located in the west coast of Phuket, just to the north of Patong and immediately south of Surin beach.
- Kalim Beach – The beach is located just north of Patong Beach and, unlike its famous neighbor, still retains some of its local Thai touches.
- Patong Beach – It’s the most famous beach in Phuket with its wide variety of activities and nightlife, Patong is an ideal place to party and play and has the largest beach resort.
- Karon Beach – Karon Beach is the second favorite holiday destination in Phuket, located on the west coast, between Patong to the north and Kata to the south of Phuket.
- Kata Beach – located in the south of Karon beach, Kata is an all-round favorite due to its spectacular palm-lined beach.
- Nai Harn Beach – Nai Harn monastery and a few nearby the famous viewpoints Phuket such as Promthep cape and Kata Viewpoint, the beach is located in the south coast of Phuket.
- Ya Nui Beach – Ya Nui Beach has beautiful soft sand and children love to collect shells on this beach.
- Rawai Beach – Rawai is a working beach and a launching point for daily boat excursions out to Phuket’s surrounding islands. This beach has many long tail boats available for fishing tour, a trip to Coral Island (Koh Hae), Koh Lone or Racha Island.
- Koh Bon – It’s a small island lying some 2 km off Rawai beach on the southeastern coast of Phuket.
- Koh Hae (Coral Island) – Koh Hae is a beautiful gateway destination located 3 km southeast of Phuket. This island features Long beach and Banana beach. This island has many the activities and impressive coral reef.
- Koh Lones – It’s the second largest island in Phuket, located in the middle of Chalong bay only 15 minutes by boat.
- Koh Mai Thorn – This peaceful island is located southeast of Phuket. The island offers crystal clear water and some very unique coral formations.
- Koh Ma Phrao (Coconut Island) – – Koh Ma Phrao is amongst the beautiful small islands around Phuket. It is on the East coast of Phuket, located at some 500 miles. The island is popular as the Coconut Island because of the heavy plantation of palm trees and the shape of the island.
- Koh Racha (Racha Island) – – Koh Ma Phrao is amongst the beautiful small islands around Phuket. It is on the East coast of Phuket, located at some 500 miles. The island is popular as the Coconut Island because of the heavy plantation of palm trees and the shape of the island.
- Koh Sirey – Located on the east side of Phuket town, it’s the home of sea gypsies.