Phuket City, THailand Phuket, a large island in the Indian Ocean, is 862 kms, from Bangkok. Known as the Pearl of Thailand, Today, Phuket is Thailand's largest tin producer. The surrounding waters contain a lot colorful marine life and the town is noted for its old European style architecture. It is a very attractive island for the sightseer, with lovely seashore, limestone cliffs and forested hillsides.
Phuket's estimated population in 2010, 345,067
How to get to the city
The Phuket International Airport is located in the north of the island. Phuket has a modern international airport with daily direct and connecting flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Europe and America. The infrastructure is well developed with excellent road networks and reliable transportation.
Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate, and is warm all year long. The rainy, or monsoon season is from September until October. During this time it is wet and very hot. The hottest time of the year is from the beginning of April through the end of May. The average high temperatures during these months are in the upper 80s and lower 90s. November until March is the most comfortable times to visit.
The friendly Thai people and warm tropical climate make Phuket one of the worlds leading holiday destinations and it is no wonder that thousands of people have chosen to invest in this wonderful lifestyle and return year after year. Whether your passion is nature, sports, boating, diving, shopping or just simply relaxing, Phuket caters for all tastes and all people.
Your Guide to Phuket
Phuket Butterfly Garden and Aquarium, is located at Mu Ban Sam Kong, some 3 kms. from town, offers a two of excellent attractions. They are the lovely butterfly garden and the underwater world of corals.
Hat Rawai beach has been famous for a time. It is located 14 kms. from the town and here there is the Chao Le "Sea Gypsy" tribal village.
Ko Kaeo Pitsadan is accessible by a 30 minute boat trip from Hat Rawai. It features beautiful sandy beaches and a shrine containing a replica of Buddha's Footprints.
Ao Patong bay has a beautiful long beach, totalling a distance of several kilometers, suitable for swimming. It is located 13 kms. from Phuket township area in Amphoe Krathu
Hat Surin is the most famous beach on Phuket, located 26 kms.from the town. However, the beach shelf is steep and the fairly heavy surf renders it unsuitable for swimming. There is a golf course above the beach line.
Hat Nai Yang National Park is located on the road to the airport, 37 kms. from Phuket town. The park covers an area of 90 square kilometers and has a long secluded stretch of beautiful beaches fringed by casuarina trees.
Map of Phuket
Bird eye view of Phuket, Thailand
Map of Phuket
Things to do
Things to do
Sports: The pleasant warm tropical climate make Phuket an ideal environment for the enjoyment of many sporting activites. The Island is a haven for dive enthusiasts with many of the Worlds top dive sites lying off the coast just a short journey by speed boat. Golf is another major attraction in Phuket, with no less than 5 championship golf courses on the Island.
Dining and Cuisine: Thai cuisine is regarded as one of the worlds´ finest and in Phuket there are many excellent restaurants to choose from. Thai food can be spicy, sweet, sour, aromatic and is always colourful. It ranges from the simple foods found at the local markets and hawkers stalls to the most elaborate creations imaginable found at the top restaurants.
Spas: Thai people have a long tradition of healing and the well being of body, mind and spirit are closely linked to the teachings of Buddhist philosophy. They are experts at relaxation and massage techniques, using the finest aromas and natural oils such as jasmine, mandarin, tea tree and lemon grass to create a feeling of well being.
What's on Vegetarian Festival The festival falls in September - October every year. This annual festival originated among immigrant workers in the 19th century and is one of the major events of Phuket. Residents of Chinese ancestry go on a ten-day vegetarian diet. There are ceremonies at local Chinese temples, as well as, a parade that features remarkable feats by ascetic believers.The Vegetarian Festival draws people from all over the world. It's colourful, it's deafening and sometimes fascinatingly gruesome.
Chao Le (Sea Gypsy) Boat Floating Festivalfalls during the middle of the sixth and eleventh lunar months yearly. Ceremonie are held at night and their purpose is to drive away evil and bring good luck, which setting adrift of small boats similar to the Thai festival of Loi Krathong.
Phuket Travel Fairstarting from November 1, is usually called the Patong Carnival, from the place where celebrations occur. Colourful parades, sports events, and a beauty competition for foreign tourists are major activities.
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is held in December. The Kata Beach Resort hosts international yachtsmen, largely from neighbouring countries who compete in the Kata Beach area for royal trophies.