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Located 67 kilometres south of Bangkok, Phuket is Thailand’s
largest island, shaped like an irregular pearl and measuring ap-
proximately 21 kilometres long. Connected to the mainland by
a causeway, it has a coastline fringed with white sandy beaches
and quiet coves, bathed by the clear blue waters of the Andaman
Sea and set against a backdrop of green hills, coconut groves
and rubber plantations.
Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and has
a rich and colourful history. The island was on one of the major
trading routes between India and China, and was frequently
mentioned in foreign ships’ logs. The Portuguese, Dutch, Eng-
lish and French came to trade during that time.
Phuket’s most famous monument is the memorial statue of the
heroines Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Sisunthon, who rallied
the islanders in 175 to repel Burmese invaders.
Blessed by nature and the smiling hospitality of its people, and
supported by superb tourism facilities, Phuket is today one of
the world’s premier tropical resorts. Palm-fringed beaches, an
island-studded sea, superb accommodation, delicious seafood,
numerous sporting and leisure opportunities and, of course,
year-round sunshine, to conclude the perfect recipe for a truly
memorable holiday.
Climate
Phuket has two main seasons: rainy from May through to Octo-
ber and hot from November to April. However, there are sunny
days throughout the wet season, showers customarily lasting
Hat Pansea
little more than 2-3 hours. The best months to visit are Novem-
Phuket
Laem Phromthep
Blessed by nature and the smiling hospitality
of its people, and supported by superb tourism
facilities, Phuket is today one of the world’s pre-
mier tropical resorts.
 
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