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Phuket Overview

The name 'Pearl of the South' doesn't really do Phuket justice. Phuket is Thailand's largest island (810 sq km) and a province in itself. lt is also Thailand's wealthiest province, and although tourism is Its biggest source of income (along with tin, rubber and cashews ),the island is still large enough to accommodate escapists of nearly all budget levels.

Lying in the Andaman Sea Off Southern Thailand's west coast, the island's terrain is incredibly varied, with rocky beaches, long, broad, sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, forested hills and tropical vegetation of a, kinds. Great seafood is available all Over the island and several offshore islands are known for good snorkelling and scuba diving.

Comparisons with KO Samui, off the east coast, as well as with other Thai islands, are inevitable, of course. All in all there is more to do in Phuket. There are more tourists in Phuket than on any other island, but they are concentrated at certain beaches. The beaches of Ko Samui, by contrast, are highly developed around the entire perimeter of the island.

On the other hand, the general growth of commercialism along the island's main roads detracts from the island's appeal - there seems to be a snake farm, gaudy billboard, bungee-jumping operation, half-built condo project, travel agency or tacky craft shop every 500in in the southern half of the island. The island's beaches and relatively unspoiled northern interior remain its main attractions, and the provincial authorities as well as the business sector should do more to recognise and support these attractions.

The geography of Phuket is more varied than any other island in Thailand, and its large size has allowed microclimates to develop in different areas of the island. Cheek out the whole island if you have time. Don't ignore the interior of the island, which offers rice paddies, plantations of rubber, cashew nut, cacao, pineapple and coconut, as well as Phuket's last bit of island rainforest.

Location
Phuket island is located in the tropical zone off the west coast of the southern part of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and is connected to Phang-nga province by Sarasin Bridge and Thep Krasattri Bridge. It is 862 km. away from Bangkok by road and one hour and 20 minutes by air.

Area
Phuket is the largest island of Thailand but the second smallest province in area (the smallest being Samut Songkhram). The main island itself has an area of about 539 sq.km., about the same size as Singapore. The total land area of the province, including 39 small nearby islets, is about 570 sq.km.

Climate
There are only two seasons in a year -- the rainy season from May to October and the hot season from November to April. September and October are the wettest months. The best period is from November through February. But whatever the season, there is always a breeze blowing. The average temperatures range between 23°C and 33°C.

Topography

70% of the area are mountains stretching from north to south, while the other 30% are plains, mainly in the central and and eastern parts of the island.
There is no important river but a total of 9 brooks and creeks. The west coast are stretches of white sandy beaches which are major tourist developments.

Population
Total 278,480 (end 2003). They consist of Thai-Buddhist, 71%; Muslim 25%; and Chao Le (Sea Gypsy) 4%. The majority of population live in Phuket town and at Patong Beach.

Administration
The only island province of the country, Phuket is divided into 3 administrative units called amphoe (county) -- Amphoe Muang, Thalang and Kathu.

Language
Central Thai is the official language and used in business and tourism areas. People in general use southern Thai dialect, which sounds more succinct and is spoken faster than the central Thai. English is understood in tourist areas.

Products
The most important products of Phuket are marine products, latex, rubber, fuel oil and frozen fish.


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