WELCOME TO PHUKET, THAILAND
Phuket Island – What is it?
Phuket Island is one of the smallest provinces of Thailand, and the largest island in the country by far. Thailand’s next biggest island is Koh Samui off the coast of Surat Thani, at around half the size of Phuket. Most islands are hilly, and Phuket is no exception with seventy-percent of the island being mountainous and hilly, and the rest is plains and valleys where most people live. Phuket is absolutely filled with amazing beaches you and your family can explore.
Where is Phuket?
Phuket island is a 49-kilometer-long amoeba-shaped island in the Andaman Sea just south of Phang Nga province and connected by the Sarasin bridge. Krabi province is east of Phuket across Phang Nga Bay at only 34 kilometers by air. There is no flight connecting the two places, presumably to allow taxis and boat ferries to make money as well as the airlines. If you want to fly to Phuket from Krabi, you’ll need to fly 800 kilometers to Bangkok, then 800 km. back down to Phuket. If it seems ridiculous, well, this won’t be the last thing you’re scratching your head about after arriving! You’ll be happy to know there are direct flights from Phuket to Koh Samui and Pattaya.
Phuket island has everything to offer for a perfect holiday, whether you are travelling alone, as a couple, with a group of friends or the entire family. Beautiful beaches, tropical weather, delicious food, endless shopping possibilities, amazing viewpoints and attractions, beauty and massage parlors, luxurious spas and accommodation that suits anyone's budget.
Phuket beaches are world renowned as some of the most beautiful in the world. You’re probably coming to Phuket at least in part, for that reason! White sand, small waves or sometimes glassy, and the ultimate in relaxation or wild nightlife… all describe the beaches you’ll find on Phuket Island. With over 50 beaches to choose from, you’re going to have an incredibly good vacation. You’ve picked the right spot!
Phuket is surrounded by smaller islands, of which the Phi Phi islands to the east are the most popular. In the north lies the beautiful Phang Nga province.
Whilst the old Sarasin bridge has been rebuilt to a public promenade, ideal for a sunset visit, it's the newer Thepkrasattri bridges which connect the island to the mainland, making Phuket accessible by road, air as well as by sea.
The most popular tourist area on Phuket is Patong with its vibrant nightlife and endless shopping possibilities.
Most developed beach towns are located on the west coast of Phuket. South of Patong you will find Karon, Kata, Kata Noi, Nai Harn and Rawai with the famous Promthep Cape.
Kamala, Surin, Bang Tao, Nai Thon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao are located north of Patong and are visited by those who prefer a less crowded and more relaxed environment.