Phuket is a dreamlike island situated in Southern Thailand suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga Province. It has an area of 550 sq km which is almost the same size as Singapore making it the largest island in Thailand. The west coast of Phuket has one of the most beautiful islands in the world while the east coast has spectacular limestone islands adorning the coastline.
According to archaeological studies, Phuket has had settlement since around 100 BC. Negritoes are considered to be the first actual inhabitants followed by Mons from central Thailand, Dravidians, Thais and Muslims. The town of Phuket rose to glory with the settlement of the Chinese and there had also been some European presence on the island.
Phuket has numerous direct flights flying from several Asian and European countries. One could also take a flight to Bangkok and then a domestic flight to Phuket. Once there, you could take minibus services, metered taxis or tuk-tuks to travel to different parts of the island.
Before you reach Phuket, it is important to decide where you are going to stay. Though there are various beach resorts on the island, to have a truly memorable experience, you need to choose the right place. For those who like a busy and lively beach with exciting parties and nightlife, the hotels in Patong Beach would be perfect. But for young travellers and families who prefer a middling nightlife, Kata Beach hotels would be more satisfactory.
Phuket has many amazing views and the sumptuous food will definitely make you want to stay there forever! Although there are plenty of fun activities to do in Phuket, a trip to Phang Nga Bay will be the most unforgettable. The emerald green waters and the sheer limestone cliffs are something you would never want to miss. The pristine white sands and the clear blue seas of Similan Island, on the other hand, is true heaven for scuba divers and island hoppers. A day or two on Phi Phi, Thailand’s superstar Island is also highly recommended. You could also enjoy sunbathing and snorkelling through the stunning little tropical islands of Phuket with more than 50 of them to choose from.
Phuket is famous for its nightlife so take a stroll through Patong’s Bangla Road and see it come to life as the sun sets. The highly riveting FantaSea show at Kamala Beach is a great choice if you want to witness a professionally done Las-Vegas style extravaganza. After the dark, Phuket also has a splendid selection of night markets to unleash the shopper in you.
Phuket is home to a number of aesthetically decorated temples which represents a touchstone of the island's religion and culture. The Big Buddha at Shalong standing 45 meters tall is another revered landmark that you ought not to miss. Phuket also has many alluring viewpoints on both the east and west coasts and several beach clubs throughout Bangtao, Kamala and Patong