Located in the Andaman Sea 885km from Bangkok, the "Pearl of the South", is Thailand's largest island covering some 810 square km. Tropical vegetation, long sandy beaches, limestone cliffs and forested hills make Phuket a magnificent holiday resort.

The tourist industry on Phuket is well developed, much more so than Koh Samui, and there is plenty to do and see. Development has generally been well thought out so the natural beauty of the island has not been spoiled, and you can still find some secluded areas.

Getting There

Air conditioned buses leave from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal every evening for the 13 hour journey to Phuket. Several private companies also run tour buses to Phuket. These can be booked at travel agents or at your hotel.

With the opening up of the skies to low cost airlines in 2004, there are now a number of airlines offering services to Phuket

Thai International offers a limousine service to and from the airport.

Getting around

Songthaews run around Phuket town, and to most destinations on the island. You can charter your own for the day if you wish to go sight seeing. Ask your hotel to help make the arrangements. Taxis are also available but these are quite a bit more expensive than songthaews.

Motorcycles can be hired in Phuket town or at most of the beaches. Read the agreement carefully since you may be liable to pay for any damage or repairs to the vehicle. Wear reasonable clothing, and don't forget your International Driving Permit.

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