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Phuket, Thailand

What comes into the mind of travellers when we talk about sea, sun and sand?
Phuket must definitely be one of the answers. A number of exciting activities can be found on this island, located south of Thailand and easy to reach by domestic and international flights. The history and geography have made Phuket a complete tourist destination offering a lot more beyond its natural heritage of sea, sand, forest, and world-renowned diving sites.


In the early days of regional maritime trade, Phuket served as a stopover sheltering traders from heavy monsoons. This island welcomed merchants from India, Persia, Arabia, Burma, China, and also Siam. The mining development enhanced a local business and drew immigrants to Phuket. The island’s long history has shaped the Phuket of the present with its diverse ethnic groups, culture, fine cuisine, and architectures.


The beauty of Thailand’s biggest island is rooted in its geography. Phuket and the surrounding islands are tips of low-slopped mountains surfacing above the Indian Ocean and Andaman Sea. The west side of Phuket consists of beautiful curvy beaches filled with white, granular sand. The west side is mostly Mangrove forests and wetlands. The south side lies beautiful coral leaves famous for diving and snorkeling. Surrounding Phuket are small islands offering secluded beaches and clear water.

Selected Attractions

(1) Hat Patong

Type: Beach

This most vibrant and most visited beach of Phuket offers a wide range of activities, including water sports, shopping, and night-time entertainments.

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More information can be found here.

(2) Phang Nga Bay and Ao Phang Nga National Park

Type: National Park

The marine national park spans 400 square kilometers (154 square miles) and offers natural wonders of limestone mountains, green water, and secluded beaches.

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More information can be found here.

(3) Laem Phromthep

Type: Sightseeing viewpoint

A viewpoint at the south end of Phuket is a famous sightseeing place and a fantastic site for sunset.

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More information can be found here.

(4) Siam Niramit

Type: Cultural show

This 1760-seat theatre offers an award-winning performance that highlights Thailand’s cultural heritage.

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(5) Flying Hanuman

Type: Adventure

The zip-line course offers an adventurous trip through greenery hillsides and rainforest canopy of Phuket.

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More information can be found here.

Getting to Phuket

Flying to Phuket is arguably the easiest way to get to the island. There are numerous international airlines that fly directly to Phuket from various cities, including Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Sydney, and Dubai.

Most domestic airlines also operate several flights daily between Phuket and Bangkok.

VISA to Thailand

Passport holders from 48 countries and 1 special administrative region are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes. These passport holders are permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 30 days on each visit.

Passport holders from 28 countries and territories may apply for visas at the immigration checkpoints, such as Suvarnabhumi Airport and Phuket International Airport, for the purpose of tourism for the period of not exceeding 15 days.

More information can be found here.
The above visa information is from sections “Tourist Visa Exemption,” “Visa on Arrival,” and “Questions & Answers on Thai Visa.”

Weather in Phuket

Phuket has a tropical climate. In June, some showers can be expected, alternating with sunshine. The average low and high temperatures in June are approximately 25 °C (77 °F) and 31 °C (88 °F), respectively.

Details can be found here.

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