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Top 10 Facts About Phuket, Thailand

Phuket Island is every holiday lover’s paradise with so much to offer. Click through the gallery below to find out some interesting facts.

  • 1. Phuket is approximately 576 sq km (a little smaller than Singapore) making it the largest island in Thailand.

    Phuket Map
  • 2. “Phuket” means mountain jewel.

     Phuket means mountain jewel
  • 3. Phuket has over 30 beaches of which Patong is the most popular and well-known.

    Patong Beach
  • 4. Not too long ago, Patong Beach was a remote village and today it’s one of Phuket’s most developed beaches.

    Village of Phuket
  • 5. Patong boasts lots of international tourists, inexpensive shopping, great restaurants and nightlife.

    Patong Shopping
  • 6. The weather island on the island is cool from November to February, hot from March to May, and rainy from May to October.

    Patong Beach
  • 7. An island in Phuket was renamed James Bond Island after it was used as a location in the 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun Bond movie.

  • 8. A 45-minute drive from Patong Beach is the Phuket Big Buddha, a 45 metre tall white marble statue, located on a hill top that offers stunning views over the south side of the island.

    Phuket Big Buddha
  • 9. Phuket’s most important festival is the Vegetarian Festival that lasts for about 9 days in September or October, depending on the Chinese lunar calendar. Be sure to look out for this yellow flag with a symbol meaning ‘vegetarian’. This festival is a great opportunity to enjoy delicious, all-vegetarian Thai food.

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  • 10. Phuket is paradise for the adventure-lover offering many outdoor activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, cave exploration, trekking and more.

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