Phuket Overview

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. It is 48 km in length, 21 km at its widest part, and is in Southern Thailand, on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga Province by a pair of short but substantial road bridges. Phuket nestles in balmy Andaman Sea waters on Thailand’s Indian Ocean coastline 862 kilometers south of Bangkok. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign trader’s ship logs. In recent times, though, Phuket’s top earner has been tourism, which has transformed the island into Thailand’s wealthiest province. Expect prices to be a bit higher than on the mainland. The west coast of Phuket was hit severely by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, but almost no evidence of the damage now remains. Phuket enjoys great popularity as a travel destination. Most beaches are on the west coast, with Phuket Town to the southeast and the airport in the north.

Get In

  • By plane to Phuket International Airport (HKT) in the north of the island
  • By bus
  • By boat

Get around

  • By songthaew
  • By taxi
  • By motorbike taxi
  • By tuk tuk
  • By bicycle
  • By boat

See & Do

  • Swimming, snorkeling, diving, yachting, jet-skiing and parasailing
  • Free diving, windsurfing, kite surfing…
  • Sea canoeing at Phang Nga Bay
  • Kite surfing at Nai Yang (summer) and Chalong Bay (winter)
  • Phuket old town
  • Jui Tui and Put Jaw Temples
  • Wat Mongkol Nimit
  • Phuket Culture Museum
  • Thai Village and Orchid Farm
  • Chalong Temple (Chaiyathararam Temple)
  • Siam Niramit Phuket
  • Ranong Market
  • Weekend Market
  • Thalang Market Sunday
  • Thalang Maneekram Floating market
  • Phang Nga Bay
  • Bangla Road Nightlife
  • Big Buddha
  • Similand Islands
  • James Bond Island
  • Beaches: Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala…
  • Night markets
  • Phuket FantaSea Show
  • Simon Cabaret
  • Promthep Cape
  • Elephant Sanctuary

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