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PHUKET INFO :

» Location and Boundaries

Phuket is a province in southern Thailand with the west side next to The Andaman Coast in the Indian Ocean and the east side consisting of several islands. The island lies between 7’45” and 8’15” north latitude, and from 98’15” to 98’40” west longitude on the map. Phuket, Thailand’s largest island and its surrounding 32 smaller islands make up a total area of 570 square kilometers. The widest point of the island measures 21.3 kilometers while its longest part is 48.7 kilometers. Its boundaries are as follows:

  • North : Park Prah Strait Phnag-Nga Province connected by Sarasin and Thao Thep Krasattri Bridges.
  • South : The Andaman Sea.
  • East : Phang-Nga Bay.
  • West : The Andaman Sea.

» Geography

About 70 percent of Phuket is made up of mountains which run from north to south, lying mainly on the west side of the island. The highest peak called ‘Mai Tao Sip Song’ (Twelve Canes) stands 529 meters above sea level and lies within the boundaries of Tambol Chalong, Muang District.The remaining 30 percents of plains found mainly in the central and east of the island. The west side is made up of mountains, beaches and streams such as the Klong Bang Yai, Klong Ta Chine, Klong Tah Rua, and Klong Bang Rong.

» Climate

Phuket’s weather conditions are dominated by monsoon winds which makes the weather warm and humid year round. There are only two distinct seasons, rainy and dry. The rainy season beings in May and lasts until November, during which the monsoon blows from the southwest. The summer season is from December through April, when the monsoon begins from the northeast. The highest average temperature is around 33.4 degrees Celsius happens in January.

» Economy

1. Tourism is the island’s major source of income which attracts both local and foreign investments to the area. Businesses in the tourism industry include hotels, restaurants, travel agents, souvenir shops, spas, Thai massage establishments and health tours.

2. The main agricultural industry in Phuket includes rubber tree plantation, coconut plantation, pineapple plantation, fishing and aquaculture.

3. Important industrial trades include agricultural product transformation and the fishing industry.

» Population

The official population recorded on January 7,2006, was 292, 351. Most of the inhabitants are Buddhist, Chinese Thais. Others include Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and a minority group called ‘ New Thais’ or Chao Ley (Fishermen)

Popular beaches in Phuket

» Rawai Beach

Rawai Beach is located 17 kilometers away from the city. From Chalong five-way intersection, turn into Wiset Road. You will see a fishing village on the left of the beach. On the beach itself, there are boats for hire where visitors can rent them out for the day to islands such as Ko Hey, Ko Bon, Ko Raya and Ko Keaw Pisadan. The beaches are shallow with no strong wind or big waves, making it suitable for swimming. Hotel accommodations and restaurants are also available on the beach.

» Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape is 2 kilometers to the right from Rawai Beach. This peninsula, once referred to as “Laem Jao” by the locals, is located at the southern end of Phuket and is the highest cliff on the island. From the edge if the cliff, there sugar palm trees growing in rows down to the stone formations on the beach and visitors will adore the view of the circling emerald green water surrounding Koh Keaw Pisadan. Laem Promthep is the most beautiful place to enjoy watching the sunset. The road on the right cuts across to Nai Harn Beach.

» Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn Beach is about 18 kilometers away from Phuket town. To get there from Leam Phromthep, just turn left onto the road around the island. The beach is not very long but it is secluded and has clean, white sand. During the monsoon season from May to October, it is not advisable to go swimming as the wind and waves are very strong.

» Ao Saen

Ao Saen is a small bay on the right of Nai Harn Beach (passing Phuket Yacht Club). The secluded beach has white sand and rock formations ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

» View Point

View Point is located between Nai Harn and Kata Noi Beaches. From here, the most beautiful view of 3 bays namely Kata Noi, Kata Beach and Karon Beach can be seen.

» Kata Beach

Kata Beach is 17 kilometers aways from Phuket town. To get there, Take Chao Fah Road and turn right at Chalong 5-way intersection onto Patak Road. Kata Beach is separated into Kata Yai (Big Kata) and Kata Noi (Little Kata). It is an excellent place for swimming and learning to scuba dive as there are corals formations all the way to Pu Island just opposite from Kata Beach. Today, the beach offers all kinds of facilities including hotel accommodations, tOUR SERVICEs, shopping and entertainment.

» Karon Beach

Karon Beach lies 3 kilometers north of Kata Beach. The long, white beach also has hotel accommodations, restaurants, tour excursions and many other facilities as in Kata Beach.

» Patong Beach

Patong Beach is 15 kilometers from the city. To get there, take the Vichit Songkram Road or highway no.4020 for about 9 kilometers and turn left onto highway no.4029 for another 6 kilometers. Patong Beach is wide and slightly curved so it is a great area for water sports. It also has the widest varieties of services including hotel accommodations, travel agents, shopping and entertainment.

» Kalim Beach

Kalim Beach is actually a part of Patong Beach and the two are connected by a path to the right of Patong. This beach is small but has interesting rock formations, coral reefs, lodging and restaurants.

» Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach is 26 kilometers from the city. From Tao Kasatri Tao Sri Soontorn Monument, turn left passing Surin Beach and Leam Singh. Kamala Beach is approximately 2 kilometers long and has a quite atmosphere. There are many hotels in the area.

» Surin Beach

Surin Beach is located 24 kilometers from the city. From Thao Thep Kasattri-Thao Sri Soontorn Monument, turn left and go straight for 12 kilometers. This quiet beach is on the foothills lined with rows of pinetrees. Towards the right side was once a golf course built during the reign of King Rama 7. Surin Beach is steep and has strong wind and waves during the monsoon season, not the ideal place to go swimming.

» Leam Singh

Leam Singh is just one kilometer from Surin Beach. Visitors can get there via the path on the right. The small beach has white sand and some rock formations.

» Nai Ton Beach

Nai Ton Beach: Follow the road of the national park and turn left at km.21-22. Once you reach the intersection to Baan Saku, turn left and go straight for another 3 kilometers. Nai Ton is a beautiful, quiet, curved beach. It is sheltered from the wind which makes it safe for swimming.

» Nai Yang Beach

Nai Yang Beach is the location of the park’s office. The area is shaded by palm trees and very relaxing. Furthermore, there is a large coral reef formation that provides a natural habitat for marine species, particularly the sea tortoises which come to lay eggs around November to February. Sadly though, the number of turtles has diminished drastically and they are rarely seen laying eggs anymore.

» Mai Khao Beach

Mai Khao Beach : Following the Thep Kasattri Road, go straight pass the road to the airport towards Sarasin Bridge. There will be a path on the left which leads to Mai Khao Beach. Turn left and go straight for another 3.5 kilometers. Mai Khao Beach is the area where sea turtles and shrimps come to lay eggs. However, the numbers have decreased significantly as in Nai Yang Beach.

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