South Thailand / Phuket

Phuket is Thailand's largest island (approximately the size of Singapore) and nestles against the Indian Ocean coast some 890km (556mi) south of Bangkok.

Phuket derives its wealth from tin and rubber, is blessed with teeming marine life, and has enjoyed a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the main trade routes between India and China and was often mentioned in the ships' logs of Indian, Arabian, Chinese and European visitors. The Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traded with Phuket. Other visitors were less friendly. The island's most famous monument is the memorial statue of the heroines Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sisunthon who rallied islanders in 1785 to repel Burmese invaders.

The island is blessed with magnificent bays, powdery, palm-fringed white beaches, sparkling island-dotted seas, sincerely hospitable people, comfortable accommodation, superb seafood, tropically vegetated mountains, lovely waterfalls and parks, and delightful turn-of-the-century Indo/Portuguese and Chinese-influenced architecture which create an enchanting ambience.

Patong Beach in the evening


Phuket's Indian Ocean coastline boasts the finest beaches while the eastern coastline overlooks some 30 lesser islands occupying largely tranquil seas. Islands vary greatly in size. Some are large enough to sustain fishing communities, coconut plantations, sea crocodiles, deer and wild boar. Others are little larger than massive rocks, while still others resemble fortresses and are riddled with caves containing birds' nests prized by gourmets.

Additional information on Phuket:

  • Climate

  • Town of Phuket

  • Chinese Vegetarian Festival

  • Patong Beach

  • Karon Beach

  • Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach

  • Kamala Beach, Bangtao Beach, Pansea Bay

  • Surin Beach

  • Nai Yang Beach

  • Attractions

  • Diving around Phuket

  • Similan Islands

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    Jan Garanoz
    Juhu Tara Road, Juhu,
    Mumbai - 400049 India
    Last updated: June 23, 2010