Phuket, pronounced (roughly) "pu-ged", is Thailand's largest island. It is 48 km in length, 21 km at its widest, and is in Southern Thailand, on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga province by a pair of short but substantial road bridges.
Phuket floats in balmy Andaman Sea waters on Thailand's Indian Ocean coastline, 862 km south of Bangkok. In recent times, Phuket's top earner has been tourism, which has transformed the island into Thailand's wealthiest province. Expect prices to be a bit higher than on the mainland.
The west coast of Phuket was hit severely by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, but almost no evidence of the damage remains. Phuket enjoys great popularity as a travel destination. Most beaches are on the west coast, with Phuket Town to the southeast and the airport in the north.
In Phuket, there are a lot of things to do, and a destination management company can help you planning your trip. First, discover the Phi Phi Islands. It is a group of six islands, but two are well-known: Phi Phi Don, the largest one, which is inhabited and has beautiful shores, and Phi Phi Leh, which has stunning bay and beaches, and above all the Maya Bay, where the movie “The Beach” was filmed. These islands are not far from Phuket, but you still need to take a boat to go there. On the Nakkerd Hills, there is the Big Buddha. It is 45 meters high, you can’t miss it. Once you get on the top of the hills, you can have a beautiful view of the island, and you will notice that the place is rather quiet. The Buddha is made of white marble. Beaches are also to be explored in Phuket. If you don’t know which transport you need to go to one place to another, especially for the beaches which are sometimes hard to have access to, a DMC will do its maximum to make it more comfortable for you. There are a lot of beaches, like Kata Beach, which is well-known for its white sand and clean water and is ideal for families. There, you’ll find lot of places where you can eat for all prices. You can have cheap, street food or more expensive food in restaurants. Freedom Beach is hard of access, but worth it. It has 300 meters strip of white sand and a granite bay, surrounded by hills and finally it is surrounded by hills covered of thick jungle. You’ll appreciate the place and the landscape for sure! If you want to explore more, there are other regions to discover making Thailand's incentive and meeting possibilites endless.
You also may want to attend the Phuket Fanta sea show. It is the island’s biggest show, which has also the biggest buffet in Asia, and is set in a theme park. You’ll find the Palace of elephant, lot of activities and many shopping opportunities, as there is a village where you can find almost everything. The show is spectacular, original and extravagant, you’ll have a lot of fun for sure.
Moreover, you can visit several temples, since there are 29 Buddhist temples in Phuket. Wat Chalong for instance is well known and welcomes many people since many years. Locals come to pray, whereas tourists come to learn some Buddhist culture. Poh Tan Jao is one of the most famous Buddhist statues, and can be found in the Wat Chalong temple.
If you want to have a view of the island, Phuket has a lot of viewpoint from where you’ll see breath-taking landscapes and nature. For instance, you can go to the Black Rock viewpoint, which is challenging; you’ll have to hike up into a rainforest above Ao Sane to reach the viewpoint, but it is worth the effort.
If you want to get close to a tiger, the Tiger Kingdom is the right place to go. There, they take care of tigers from the moment they are given birth to, to their death. You can watch them getting fed, or simply during their days.
Finally, in the trick eye museum, you’ll find 3D paintings to complete your stay in Phuket and have fun while visiting a museum. You’ll find dangerous, funny and exciting unreal situation. You’ll have plenty of memories in your camera and a lot of fun while visiting this museum! If you need any more information, our Thailand DMC would be pleased to help you with the details!