Phuket, also known as the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea”, offers miles of white sandy beaches, spread along the coast line and areas with rich vegetation and a mountainous landscape.
Phuket is the largest island of Thailand and is located in the Andaman Sea (Indian Ocean). The distance from the north where the Sarasin Bridge connects the island to the mainland, to the southernmost tip is about 50 km. The east / west width is about 21 km. The capital is Phuket Town which is mainly populated by locals. The most popular tourist destination is Patong Beach with a huge variety of hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs and shops. This place is constantly bustling with tourists mingling with locals. On the southern beaches of Karon Beach and Kata Beach, it is a little quieter. The long beaches in Karon and Kata are separated from the hotels and resorts by the main road. There is a little beach at Kata called Kata Noi Beach, mainly visited by guests of the nearby resort. In a short drive along the west coast towards the south you get to Nai Harn Beach, Ao Sane and Yanui Beaches – perfect destinations for those seeking relaxation by the sea.
Another highlight is the most southern point of Phuket, the Promthep Cape and the Windmill view point, where you can admire beautiful sunsets from the cliffs in a balmy tropical environment and enjoy local foods at the many easily accessed street stalls and restaurants. Along the road you arrive at Rawai Beach where local fisherman present their daily fresh catch.
North of Patong Beach on the west coast, in the area of Kamala Beach, there are many beautiful locations for a beachfront holiday including Surin Beach, Bang Tao, Layan Beach, Nai Thon Beach, Nai Yang Beach, Tri Trang Beach and Mai Khao. On the east coast south of Phuket Town at Cape Panwa, there is also a variety of attractive hotels and resorts. Another main transport hub is Chalong, where the port and a large variety of accommodation are located. In your Scuba Diving Vacation you will get on and off the dive boat at Chalong Pier. It is also the starting point for visiting Big Buddha. The highest Buddha Statue in the world at 45 meters, is placed on top of a mountain looking over Chalong bay, affording amazing panoramic views of most of southern Phuket and the Andaman Sea with the Phi Phi Islands clearly visible on good days. Between Chalong and Patong Beach in Kathu there are other tourist attractions, such as the Kathu waterfalls.