Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is connected to the mainland by two bridges. The island is mountainous with mountains running from the south to the north end of the island. The highest elevation is 529 m (1,736 ft) above sea level.
As an international favorite destination, with many international direct flights arriving at the Phuket International Airport, Phuket continues to draw tourists from many countries.
Phuket experienced extensive damage when it was hit by the 2004 Tsunami. Up to 250 documented people were killed in Phuket and an additional 1,000 undocumented workers were also killed. All the major beaches and cities on the west coast experienced major damage damaging several hotels, resorts, and businesses. Today, the island is completely restored back with modern hotels, transportation and other conveniences.
The main attractions on the island are the beaches, shopping, and, of course, the night life. There are many cities to visit on Phuket, our favorite is Patong Beach. Patong has a great shopping center, a variety of restaurants, and nice hotels from inexpensive to very expensive. The night life is fun with lots of bars, and Thai girls.
The nightlife is centered around Soi Bangla (Bangla Road) with many Go-Go bars, beer bars, and restaurants.
There are many excursions available with the popular ones being a boat ride to see the James Bond island – Koh Tapu, where “The Man with the Golden Gun” was filmed. All the typical amenities including snorkeling, diving, sailing, jet skiing, para-sailing, etc. can be found on Phuket.
The best way to get to Phuket is to fly to the Phuket International Airport located on the northern end of the island. There are many flights from most of the Thailand airports as well as international locations.
Location: West coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea
Area: 543 Sq km (210 sq mi)
Here are some great resources to learn more about Thailand Islands
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