Phuket is an island in the Indian Ocean, 867 kilometers from Bangkok. The
island is connected to the mainland of Thailand by the Sarasin bridges. This
small island has a rich and colorful history and is known as the
Pearl of the Andaman or Pearl of the South, much of the islands
former glory and enormous wealth came from tin production.
Today Phuket is one of Thailand's major tourist attractions.
waters contain beautiful marine life with some of the world’s best
diving sites and Phuket town is notable for its Sino-Portuguese
The island of Phuket is a perfect holiday
destination for all ages with great sightseeing, stunning beaches
and lush green forests and mountains.
Phuket is always warm and humid due to the
monsoons that blow year round.
The wet season is from May until October when the monsoon
blows from the southwest. The dry season is from November until April when the monsoon comes from
the northeast, coolest temperatures are during January and the highest
temperatures are normally during March.
Since the 1980’s tourism has been one of Phuket's main sources of
income. Hotels, restaurants, tour operators, markets and shops are
everywhere on the west coast. However tourism is not the islands only activity.
Agriculture is very important to a large number of people and the main
crops are coconuts, rubber, pineapples and cashews. Prawn farming is
also in abundance on the south and east coasts, while pearl farming and
fishing are also very important.
The best way to see Phuket is to hire a car and do some of the fantastic
drives around and off the island.