Phuket is a large island in the Indian Ocean. It is 862 kms south of Bangkok and it is the only island belonging to Thailand, having provincial status. Phuket occupies 543 square kilometers and is the smallest southern province. Phuket is surrounded by 39 smaller islands. Phuket has been a regional headquarters, with a rich colorful history. The island is known as the Pearl of Thailand (the Pearl of Andaman) though it gets its enormous wealth from tin production. It is Thailand's largest tin producer.
With all the surrounding waters along the island's shape from the north to the south there contain a lot of colorful marine life. Today Phuket is an internationally famous island resort, one of the most important destinations in Thailand with a wide variety of magnificent beaches, hidden coves, secluded bays and forested hillsides. Either you want to have action or relaxation, you can surely have it in Phuket. Here you also can find restaurants with a lot of delicious seafood.
The Phuket town is notable for its old European architecture. It is a very attractive island for all kind of visitors.
Several airlines now fly direct to Phuket's International Airport from international locations, making a stopover in Bangkok unnecessary, especially during the the high season (November - April.) It is still the trend for many tourists to come through Bangkok however, catching domestic flights via Thai Airways, which run regularly through the day, 7 days a week.
Flight schedules can be found on the Thai Airways web page or
Tel: (02) 232 8000 (Bangkok office) or (076) 327 144 (Phuket office).
You can travel to Phuket from Bangkok by bus - a trip that takes about 14 hours. Daily services leave from the Southern Bus Terminal in Thonburi, with many private services available from almost any travel agent or hotel tour desk in the city.
For information on bus timetables contact the Southern Bus Terminal on Boromratchchonnani Rd, Bangkok, Tel: (02) 435-1200, 434-7192. Most services will bring you directly to the Phuket Bus Terminal in Phuket Town, from where you can take a taxi, tuk tuk or local bus to most beaches on the island.