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Phuket: The Andaman Pearl

Phuket, Thailand's largest island and main beach destination, is located approximately 860 kilometers south of Bangkok. It is known as the “Pearl of the Andaman" and it is not difficult to understand why.

Connected to the mainland by a causeway (Ponte Sarasin), it offers the visitor with its stretches of white sand, bathed by transparent turquoise waters.

The green hills, the jungle and groves of coconut palms are the backdrop to this aquatic landscape. On the way of the main routes between India and China, the island originally developed thanks to the exploitation of tin and rubber. The intense commercial traffic of the time gave the place a cosmopolitan flavor.

Between the 18th and 20th centuries, Phuket's rich tin deposits acted as a magnet for trade. The Chinese with their traditions arrived first, followed by the European mining companies from Portugal, Holland and France that King Rama V the Great invited to help develop the industry.

These visitors profited and turned Phuket into a small home away from home , also influencing the architectural style of the buildings. For this we recommend a visit to the capital Phuket Town

Now the international aspect of Phuket has not changed, but the protagonists have changed: no longer important traders, but visitors from all over the planet, seduced by the lush nature of the island, its sea and the hospitality of its inhabitants.

The variety of the landscape is the main asset of the place. The island, which is dominated by a chain of mountains running north-south along the west coast, encompasses numerous microclimates and a surprising variety of flora and fauna alternating rocky promontories with long and wide crescent beaches, limestone cliffs and hills covered with tropical forests.

54 km long and 22 km wide, it has 17 white sand beaches, an extremely varied panorama and, all around, a spectacular collier of over 30 islands and islets.

In Phuket, the fan of the sea and sunbathing finds the ideal place. It doesn't matter if under an umbrella and with all the comforts offered by well-equipped tourist facilities or in secluded places. But, above all, the Pearl of the Andaman is the place that allows everyone to spend a holiday according to their tastes, rhythms and needs.

There are only two seasons in Phuket: the rainy season and the summer season which runs from November to April. The average temperature of the island is between 25 and 32 degrees all year round, slightly cooler during the rainy season, very hot in April.

We are very close to the equator and in Phuket the hours of light correspond perfectly to the hours of darkness.

Beaches: Patong is the main tourist resort on the island and the center of nightlife.

The heart of the city is the famous Bangla Road, a pedestrian street dedicated to the famous Patong nightlife. If you are attracted by the fascinating relaxation of the whole served or by the thrill of adventure, the sea of ​​Phuket is always there to be admired, in all shades from blue to the brightest blue.

Mai Khao is the longest beach on the island. A place that must have something special if even huge leatherback turtles come here every year to lay their eggs.

An integral part of the Serinat National Park, Nai Yang beach is completely surrounded by pine trees and is the ideal place to enjoy undisturbed idleness or for picnics, between one dip and another.

Those who want an exotic note amidst the blue of the sky and the blue of the sea should go to Rawai beach, an enchanting place surrounded by palm trees, also known for the village of the “Sea Gypsies".

Here live the sea gipsies, a minority of originally nomadic fishermen of Malay origin. Karon and Kata Beach are fairly quiet beaches where a good relationship between nature and urbanization persists.

A quietly lively nightlife, an excellent catering offer and excellent accommodation facilities make these places the most suitable for satisfying the expectations and tastes of different target travelers: from singles to families with children.

Nui Beach is a beautiful beach in Phuket. There is also a small waterfall behind it. It is on the road to Karon / Kata Beach. It can also be reached by boat by arranging with the guide also to be picked up on return.

Nai Harn Beach is a delightful beach located in the southernmost part of the west coast of the island, from here you can watch a beautiful sunset.

Laem Singh features a striking scenery with a rock quarry which is located near the white sand beach. It is quite isolated but the effort to reach it is amply rewarded once you arrive.