867 km from Bangkok, is Thailand's largest
island, and the country's only island
province. It is also a regional government
headquarters, and with
a population of 1.6 million, Phuket ranks
as the sixth largest province in Thailand.
Pearl of the Andaman,
Phuket derived much of its former glory
and its enormous wealth from tin production,
which dates back over 500 year.
Today, Phuket is the country's major
The surrounding waters contain much
varied marine life and the island
itself is blessed with lovely seashores
and forested hillsides. Approximately
1.75 million Rai of the island is forest.
Town also has some wonderful examples
of Sino-Portugese architecture.
dream of escaping to an idyllic tropical
island becomes a reality on Phuket; Thailand's
Shaped like an
irregular pearl and measuring approximately
21 km wide by 48 km long, the
island is sparsely populated outside
Phuket Town. The landscape is one of lush
green hills, coconut groves, rubber plantations
and a coastline dotted with a dozen spectacular
beaches. (Browse Beaches of Phuket).
stretches of fine white sand
are found along the entire west coast
of the island. Each sun-drenched beach
has a character and charm of its own,
and is separated from its neighbors by
picturesque headlands and backdrops of
wooded hills. Lapping the shore are the
sparkling warm blue waters of the Andaman