Destination Guide – Phuket
Phuket Island is Thailand’s largest island and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. It is also the wealthiest province in the country. With its spectacular beaches, sparkling crystal-clear blue waters, picturesque landscape, historical and culture sights as well as endless offers of all imaginable entertaining amenities, Phuket truly is a dream-come-true destination.
Located in the southern part of Thailand, 867 Kilometers away from Bangkok, the capital city of the country. This island is lying in the Indian Ocean, across from 7’45” to 8’15” North Latitude and from 98’15” to 98’40” West Longitude. The island is connected to its nearest mainland, Phang-Nga Province, by two parallel bridges, the older Sarasin Bridge and the newer Thao Thep Kasatri Bridge.
As a tropical island, Phuket’s weather conditions are directly effected by monsoon wind, which always keeps the island warm and humid all through the year.
Hot Season : December – April
Rainy Season : May – November
Cool Season : January – March
North: The Pak Prah Strait
South: The Andaman
Sea East: Phang-Nga Bay
West: The Andaman Sea
There are approximately 231,206 residents living in Phuket, this can be divided into the numbers of 114,118 males and 117,088 females.
There are many of outsiders have moved into the island for financial purpose since Phuket is considered as one of the major economic centers in southern Thailand. The ethnic compositions of Phuket residents are as followed: Thai, Chinese, Muslim, Sea Gypsee,European, Indian, Arabic.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island with the total area of 570 square kilometers, surrounded by other 32 smaller islands under the same administration. The widest point of the island can be measured at 21.3 kilometers while the longest is at 48.7 kilometers.
The geographic surface of this island is quite rough, almost 70 percent of the total area are mountains, descended from north to south across the western side. The highest point of the island belongs to Mai Tha Sipsong Peak (Twelve Canes), located in Tambon Patong, Kathu Distirct, with the height of 529 meters.
The rest 30 percent of the island are low plains and tiny streams, such as, Khlong Bang Sai and Khlong Than Rue. These areas lie across the central and southern parts of the island.
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