Phuket is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country’s largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket 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 Province has an area of 576 square kilometres (222 sq mi), somewhat less than that of Singapore, and is the second-smallest province of Thailand. It formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoys 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 ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism.
Maya Bay – Phuket
Maya Bay is a stunningly beautiful bay that’s sheltered by 100-metre high cliffs on three sides. Inside the bay there are several beaches, most are small and some only exist at low tide. The main one is around 200 metres long with silky soft white sand, underwater colourful coral and exotic fish in exceptionally clear water; the whole bay is one big reef. Maya Bay has become the main tourist attraction of Phi Phi since The Beach was filmed here in 1999. It was always very popular before the film but now people around the world who haven’t even heard of Phi Phi have certainly heard of Maya Bay.
Khao Phing Kan (James Bond Island)
James Bond Island is a famous landmark in Phang Nga Bay. It first found its way onto the international tourist map through its starring role in the James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. A distinctive feature of this famous bay is the number of sheer limestone cliffs that vertically jut out of the emerald-green water. The bizarre, why-doesn’t-it-fall-over outline of James Bond Island or Koh Tapu (meaning Nail Island in Thai), lies next to the equally well known Koh Ping Ghan (sometime spell ‘Ping Gan’ or ‘Ping Gun’). The entire area surrounding this island is indeed spectacular, but it can get crowded with tourist boats in high season.
Laem Singh Beach – Phuket
Once a remote beach, Laem Singh is today a popular tourist attraction in itself and one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Laze on the beach, try a Thai beach massage or enjoy a swim in the pristine waters. The beach is very popular with Italians and is nicknamed “The Italian Beach”, with some restaurants making a decent attempt at preparing Neapolitan cuisine. Indulge in water sports like body boarding, swimming and snorkelling and during the high season enjoy banana boats, jet skiing and even water skiing.
One of the most famous landmarks of Phuket, Phromthep Cape with its high cliffs and breathtaking scenery attracts crowds in large numbers.
A photographer’s delight, Phromthep Cape offers dramatic, spectacular views of the ocean especially during sunrise and sunset. There is also a lighthouse at the cape, which has on display a number of historical artefacts.
Wat Chalong – Phuket
Wat Chalong is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Phuket. A beautiful, ornate construction, Wat Chalong is a must-visit when in Phuket and is dedicated to two revered monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, known for their work in herbal medicine and providing treatment to the injured.
Big Buddha – Phuket
Standing at a height of 45 metres, this impressive white Burmese marble statue of Buddha can be seen from any part of southern Phuket and offers breathtaking views of the island. One of the most important landmarks of the island, the statue sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalang and Kata.
Phi Phi Islands – Phuket
Phi Phi Islands are one of the most famous islands in the Andaman sea region. These are currently one of the worlds’ main snorkeling and diving destinations for tourists. Did you know, the movie ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio was shot right here at Maya Bay, one of the most exotic beach destinations that you will visit on the Phi Phi Islands. The islands are about 48 kilometres by boat from Phuket. There are 2 parts to Phi Phi islands – Phi Phi Don Island which is the largest and the only populated island and Phi Phi Leh Island which is the smaller one and is situated to the south.
Royal Phuket Marina
Located on the famous Phang Nga Bay, RPM is Thailand’s first state-of-the-art ‘luxury lifestyle marina’. With 350 berths for yachts and 400 luxury residences and shopping facilities, it is undoubtedly a yachting haven, situated amidst beautiful parks and gardens. The marina is dedicated to sailing, sports and leisure and is also the proud recipient of the “5 Golden Anchor Award”, the highest honour to be bestowed to a marina.