Phuket, Thailand’s second smallest province and largest island, is a real tropical paradise. White sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife, warm aquamarine waters and sumptuous seafood are just a few attractions that you will find on this idyllic island in the Andaman Sea, also known as The Pearl of the Andaman Sea.
Phuket lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and, including some smaller islands off its coast, is one of the southern provinces of Thailand. The island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The next nearest province is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay.
Phuket’s idyllic position along a major maritime trade route, as well as its valuable natural raw materials such as tin, gained the attention of a number of nations in the past. In the 17th century the Dutch and English displayed their interest in trading. Towards the end of the century, the French were exporting the most amount of tin, and Siamese King Narai decided to appoint a French governor to oversee Phuket in an attempt to rid the Dutch and English influence on the island. The French were later expelled following the Siam Revolution in 1688 where they attempted occupation one year later but to no avail.
In 1785, the Burmese saw a battle that eventually ended in their defeat when the wife of the deceased governor of Phuket Province, Than Phu Ying Chan and her sister, Khun Muk defended the isle by dressing as male soldiers and forming a powerful army. In honour of these brave siblings, King Rama I awarded them each with royal titles and they are recognised to this day for their courage and fearlessness in a commemorative statue known as Heroine’s Monument.
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We have compiled concise and compact travel guides of the cities, towns and vibrant villages across Phuket, offering you helpful tips and giving you an insight into what to see, where to go, where to eat and what to do.
The island offers great food that leaves not one single taste-bud untouched, stunning landscapes, surrounding tropical islands, amazing nightlife, and an awful lot of things to do.