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Phuket Island is one of Thailand’s southern provinces and the largest island in the country, located in the Andaman Sea. Two bridges connect it with mainland Thailand. The island has developed its tourism sector so well that it’s now the country’s wealthiest province. It is home to around 600,000 people, only half of whom are locals – the rest come here to work in the tourism market or for an extended vacation.

The first thing people notice upon arrival to Phuket is the level of humidity, which is much higher than in the mainland. About 70 per cent of the island’s territory is covered in mountains. Phuket’s pride is its magnificent coastline. There are many different types of beaches here: from soft and sandy to rocky capes.

Beach in Phuket, Thailand
Photo taken by Nicolas Vollmer | Flickr.  Beach in Phuket, Thailand

The island’s best-developed beach, called Patong – which stretches for 3 km along the bay – is full of opportunities for free-time activities, sports, shopping and recreation, and there are many seafood restaurants here. Apart from daytime entertainment, Patong is also known for its memorable nightlife.

Kata Beach, located 17 km from the island and considered to be one of the island's best, stands out with its white, clean sand and coconut tree avenues. The beach is highly popular with families, appreciated for its spectacular, palm tree-surrounded beach, excellent restaurants, a lively, yet not noisy night life, and a wide variety of options for accommodation near the beach. Kata is divided into two main areas: the Kata centre, located in the North, near Karon, and Kata south. Both Kata and Karon beaches are excellent for swimming, surface diving, surfing and sunbathing.

Kata beach in Phuket
Photo taken by mst7022 | Flickr.  Kata beach in Phuket

Phuket is an island not just for active recreation, but also for discovery: Buddhist temples, Chinese pagodas and Muslim mosques reveal its multicultural past. During the ages, Phuket was crisscrossed by the trade routes of India, China, Portugal, France, the Netherlands and Great Britain.

Phuket Town parade
Photo taken by Binder Donedat | Flickr.  Phuket Town parade

Here you’ll find not only beautiful vistas, but also a number of excellent spots for diving and water sports. It’s hardly a surprise that Phuket is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the whole of the Asian continent. The island has something to offer to families with children, young people looking for entertainment, and newlyweds after romance and privacy.

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