Phuket, also known as “Pearl of the South”, is often considered Thailand’s ultimate holiday destination. From the famous beaches in the south to the tranquil north with its hills, forests, cliffs and mountains, there are abundant holiday sights and activities to choose from. Patong Beach, Koh Phi Phi and Phang Nga Bay are popular amongst visitors. Phuket is also a great place for sailing, surfing, wind surfing, diving and snorkelling.
With just 576 square kilometres of land area, this province is located in the Andaman Sea, off the country’s western coast. It is made up of the island of Phuket and another 32 smaller offshore islands.
Formerly reliant on its rubber plantations and tin mining industry, Phuket’s main economic activity is tourism. Its white, sandy beaches, azure waters, delicious cuisine and dynamic night scene have made it the most-visited island in Thailand.
Come explore this island paradise with a rich and colourful history.
People & Culture
People in Phuket
Phuket’s extensive history has resulted in its diverse mix of ethnicities. Centuries ago, it was an important trading hub for Dutch, English, and French ships. Thousands of Chinese labourers were drawn to the tin mines on the island and their descendants remain, resulting in Phuket having the highest percentage of ethnic Chinese in Thailand now.
Things to do in Phuket
From open-air food markets, street stalls and local bazaars to departmental stores and upmarket brand stores, shopaholics will rejoice at the variety of shopping options offered in Phuket. Antiques, handicrafts, housewares, batik, jewellery, thai silk and pearls are just some examples of what you can take home from this shopper’s paradise.
Food in Phuket
Food is easy to come by in Phuket, with a bevy of options to suit different palates. There is a particular emphasis on seafood in its local cuisine, which often features fried or boiled noodles, spices, smoked shrimp and fresh vegetables. Cashew nuts and pineapples are widely available native produce that are also used in food preparation.
General Overview Phuket
Going To Phuket
Flights to Phuket International Airport come in from many airports in the region and include direct charters to Europe and Australia. Low-cost direct connections are available from cities like Macau, Seoul and Busan too.