Known as the Pearl of the Andaman Sea, Phuket is the largest of all of Thailand’s Islands. The island is located in the South of Thailand and lies off the country’s West coast.

Phuket has a rich history with European powers vying for trade with the island in the 17th century. Phuket acquired much wealth during the 17th century thanks to its natural resources of tin and rubber and the island still has a thriving rubber trade to this day, with parts of the island still covered by rubber tree plantations. Although the rubber industry is still a major source of income for the Phuket economy it has been surpassed by tourism as the number one contributor to the economy.

The main attraction to visitors to Phuket is the many beaches that can be found on the island. The busiest of the beaches and the most popular tourist destination is Patong beach, which stretches some 3 ½ kilometres along the island’s west coast. Patong is not the only popular destination however as smaller resorts such as Kata, Karon and Kamala also attract visitors in numbers.

Asides from the tropical beaches, Phuket and the surrounding area is also rich in diving and snorkelling opportunities with divers coming from far to enjoy the marine life in the coral reefs. Party goers are also catered for as Patong in particular has a naughty nightlife with countless bars, pubs and clubs along its main strip. With sun, sea, sand and plenty to do after dark Phuket is a tropical island that has something for everybody.