Phuket is the most popular tourist destination in Thailand, and it’s easy to see why. Its wide range of activities, glorious beaches, bustling towns and sensational scenery means it really does fit that cliché of having something for everyone.
Phuket enjoys a long history as a stop on the major trading routes between India and China. While its economy was traditionally supported by tin and rubber, today the tourism industry makes it Thailand’s richest province.
Phuket is Thailand’s biggest and busiest island. The western shore is where the famous resorts are to be found and here you’ll see tourists soaking up the sun and swimming in the warm waves of the Andaman Sea. Water sports and adventure activities are prevalent right along this coast. Patong is the most popular beach, and if you want to party the night away, this is the place to be.
Southeastern Phuket moves at a slightly slower pace with quieter beaches and small town charm.
Pang Nga Bay is famous for its limestone cliffs and caves and as the location of the James Bond film, The Man With the Golden Gun.
Apart from Phuket Town, the interior of Phuket remains undeveloped by tourism. Its fertile hilly terrain is a home to mangroves, pineapple plantations and sleepy Muslim fishing villages.
When to go:
Phuket is hot and humid year-round. The monsoon hits the island from May to October but parts of Phuket, such as Cape Panwa, are shielded from the worst of the wind and rain.
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