About Phuket Island

Phuket Island is one of the most popular beach destinations in the world, and definitely the most visited in the Kingdom of Thailand. The island provides beach lovers a great mix of sandy beaches, a beautiful coastline, excellent accommodation, countless opportunities for tours and activities, as well as an immense range of dining choices be it traditional Thai or any kind of international cuisine.
Phuket (pronounced “Poo ket”) is the biggest island in Thailand and also the wealthiest southern province, despite being one of the smallest provinces in the country. The island has over half a million residents and has the fastest growth rate of all provinces in Thailand.
Actually, Phuket is barely an island at all, as it is in fact connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge which is only about 500 meters (1600 ft) long! At the other end of the bridge, on the mainland, is the province of Phang Nga and the next city along the coast eastwards is Krabi. As shown on the map, pretty much all the beaches are located on the west coast of Phuket, including Kamala Beach, home of Villa Tantawan Resort & Spa.

Thanks to its convenient position, Phuket Island is also the perfect base to visit other amazing and popular places such as the Phi Phi Islands, Similan Islands, Phang Nga Bay and much more! In addition, Phuket offers countless outdoor activities including Scuba diving, golf, trekking, biking, golf, trekking, fishing and many more.

  • A bit of history…

    For a long time, people used to call Phuket Island the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea”. It really is a jewel of an island, surrounded by more than thirty other smaller beautiful islands. Unknown to most visitors, Phuket Island has actually been a wealthy province since well before tourism was a thing. This was due to its thriving tin mining industry during the 17th, 18th and 19th century..
    “Phuket” is actually the modern name for the island. In ancient times the island was instead known as “Jung Ceylon” and subsequently as “Thalang”. The word Phuket owes its origins to the Malay word “Bukit” which means “hill”. The good reason for this is that the island is characterised by its beautiful, lush tropical hills.

  • Phuket Island Weather & Climate

    While Phuket Island generally presents hot and humid weather throughout the year, we can loosely separate it into three seasons: “Hot”, “Hotter” and “Oh My”! Jokes apart, while the temperature around here remains roughly unchanged across the year, we can differentiate the periods as follows:

  • November-February: “Cool Season”

    Locals consider November to February the “cool” season. While still pretty hot, the weather tends to be more tolerable in terms of temperature and humidity. It’s comparable to Florida’s summer weather with 25-33°C temperature, with occasional short and heavy thundershowers in the afternoons and evenings. The sea is generally calm as the monsoon wind blows gently from east, leaving Phuket Island in a sheltered position.

  • March-May: “Dry Season”

    The hot & dry season is normally considered between early March and early May. During this time Phuket Island sees little to no precipitations and temperatures that often exceed 35 °C (95 °F). This is the favourite time of the year by most Phuket visitors as the weather tends to be quite stable with the sun shining as well as calm & clear sea pretty much every day. While this is certainly a good recipe for a dream Phuket holiday, the heat can be quite intense.

  • May-October: “Green Season”

    Between May and October, during the summer season, the southwestern monsoon wind consistently affects Phuket Island. This brings more frequent precipitations, stronger westerly wind, and – consequently – choppier sea on average. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing though, as the green season still sees plenty of sunny days with calm seas. At the same time, the island is not as packed as during the touristy high season. The rainiest month is usually September.

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