Phuket, Thailand’s largest island and premier beach destination, is located approximately 862 kilometers south of Bangkok and is often dubbed “the pearl of the Andaman”, or “the pearl of the south”. Its natural attractions include white powdery beaches, limestone cliffs, broad and tranquil bays, tropical in-land forests, and 32 smaller islands. The size of the island, which is dominated by a chain of mountains running north-south along the west coast, includes numerous microclimates and a diversity of flora and fauna. Along the coast there are dozens of beaches, each with its own characteristic, ranging from lively Patong Beach to more secluded Mum Nai Bay.
In addition to the many activities and attractions on Phuket itself, there are many spectacular day trip attractions surrounding the island. To the east of Phuket lies Phang Nga Bay, one of the top destinations for sea kayaking. The islands of Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park are a short boat trip to the southeast of Phuket. The Similan and Surin Islands, to the northwest of Phuket, feature some of the finest dive sites in Thailand and are serviced from live aboard dive boats from Phuket.
Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is located in the south of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, and is often referred to as “the pearl of the Andaman”, or “the pearl of the south”. Its natural attractions include white powdery beaches, limestone cliffs, broad and tranquil bays, and tropical in-land forests. There are innumerable activities for visitor to Phuket, including every conceivable water sport, golf, elephant trekking, dining on outstanding seafood, and pampering oneself at a luxury spa. As Phuket is located so close to the mainland there are bridges that allow overland travel to Phuket. Consequently, it is possible to travel to Phuket by land, sea, or air.