is Thailandís largest island, and is approximately the size of Singapore.
Phuket nestles in balmy Andaman Sea on Thailandís Indian Ocean coastline
867 kilometers south of Bangkok.
Phuket formerly derived
its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colorful
history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between
India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign traderí
ship logs. The Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traded with
Phuket. Other visitors were less friendly. Phuketís most famous
monument is the memorial statue of the heroines Thao Thepkasattri
and Thao Sisunthon, who rallied islanders in 1785 to repel Burmese
Phuket is blessed with
magnificent covers and bays, and powdery, palm-fringed beaches:
sparkling island-dotted seas; sincerely hospitable people; superb
accommodation and seafood; delightful turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese
architecture; numerous sporting and leisure opportunities; a lush
tropical landscape-all of which combine to create a delightful ambience
for truly memorable holiday.
Phetchaburi has long been
renowed for the excellence of its Thai-style sweets that include
subtle custards and egg-based confectionery. Several specialty sweet
shops are located at the foot of Khao Wang on the northern outskirts
of the provincial capital.
Phuket has two major
seasons: the Rains Season from May through October, and the Hot
Season from November through April. There are many sunny days throughout
the Rains Season: showers customarily last little more than 2 or
3 hours. September is the wettest month. The best months are November
through February. Average temperatures range between 22 and 34 degrees