Known as “Pearl of the Andaman”, Phuket, pronounced “Poo-Ket”, is one of the most romantic places on earth. Covering an area of 550 square kilometers, Phuket is about the size of Singapore and effectively Thailand’s largest island. The most convenient way of getting in Phuket is by plane. The island has the second largest airport in Thailand in the name of Phuket International Airport.
Perhaps it was the 2004 tsunami that really made Phuket well known to the world, but the island has long been attracting tourists from all over the world. One of Phuket attractions is its beach. Being an island itself, Phuket is surrounded by beaches such as Patong Beach, Kamala Beach, Kalim Beach, Karon Beach and Rawai Beach. Patong Beach is the most popular among all due to its status as the center of Phuket’s nightlife. There are lots of bars and discotheques, not to mention blocks and blocks of massage parlors. The famous Bangla Street in Patong is where one can find all the actions in Phuket.
Bangla Street, Patong
Phuket is surrounded by dozens of small islands. These islands attract thousands of divers each year. Among the most popular islands are Bon Island, Coral Island, Raya Island and Phi Phi Islands. Besides diving, one should also try other water sports such as snorkeling, sailing, yachting, wind surfing, deep sea fishing, sea canoeing and many more.
If you are not an adventurous person, you can indulge in some of the cultural and entertainment shows on the island. Phuket Fantasea and Simon Cabaret are among the most famous and popular. Phuket Fantasea is the Hollywood sized entertainment centre in Kamala Beach. Its “Fantasy of a Kingdom” cultural illusion show combines the beauty of Thai culture with magical effects, acrobatics and an elephant circus. Simon Cabaret meanwhile, is a popular transvestite performance on the hill just outside Patong.