A carefully-balanced mix of tropical paradise, hedonistic pleasure and pristine waters guarantees the popularity of Thailand’s largest island. Phuket continues to captivate an attentive audience happily begging for more.
Historically, Thailand’s largest island, Phuket grew to prominence because of its strategic location along the major trading route between India and China. Rich in tin, the European super-powers of England, France and the Netherlands regularly competed against each other for the opportunity to establish a monopolistic trade arrangement with Phuket. Today however, foreign powers continue to visit the peninsula but this time purely in peace to enjoy the beautiful waters and brilliant sun shine; the only contemporary competition lying with the luxury resorts as to which can offer the best service and most comfortable holiday experience for appreciative visitors.
Phuket boasts a tropical climate fluctuating between a wet and dry season. The best time to visit is between November and April, when the days are dry and the temperature rises to around 23 degrees. The rainy season lasts from May to October.
The island itself is 30 miles in length and 13 miles at the widest point and is linked to the mainland by a pair of adjoining road bridges. Transport around the island is best organized through your hotel or resort, whether it be a private bus to Phuket town or taxi to a chosen beach. The island hosts several festivals including the Vegetarian Festival where locals with Chinese ancestry undertake a nine-day vegetarian diet and the Chao le Boat Floating Festival.