Patong Beach & Phuket Island
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and home to the country’s premier international tourist destination, Patong Beach. The island’s charm is that the ocean-facing west coast is lined with a series of bays of white sand beaches between rocky points. This makes for a series of relatively intimate beaches rather than one long unbroken stretch of sand lined with high rise hotels and packed with people. As a developed resort destination, Phuket has a wide variety of sun and surf activities so there’s something here for everyone.
Patong is Phuket’s most famous beach resort with an incredible mix of activities and super nightlife, Patong is the ideal place to party and play. By night the town has an incredible nightlife, which includes hundreds of restaurants, lounges and beer bars, and of course discos. The nightlife centres around Bangla Road, but there are quieter parts of town.
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Phuket has around 250,000 residents. The ethnic composition of Phuket is: Thai, Chinese, Muslim, Sea Gypsy, European, Indian, Arabic.
Being a tropical island, Phuket’s weather is affected by monsoon winds, which keep the island warm and humid throughout the year.
- Hot season: December – April
- Rainy season: May – November
- Cool season: January – March
- To the North: Pak Prah Strait
- To the South: Andaman Sea
- To the East: Phang-Nga Bay
- To the West: Andaman Sea
Phuket is in the south of Thailand, 867 kilometers from the capital city Bangkok. The island lies in the Indian Ocean, from 7’47″ to 8’18″ North latitude and from 98’12″ to 98’32″ West longitude. The island is connected to Phang-Nga Province on the mainland by two parallel bridges, Sarasin Bridge and the newer Thao Thep Kasatri Bridge.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, with an area of 570 square kilometers, surrounded by 32 smaller islands. At its widest point the island is 21.3 kilometers, while at its longest it is 48.7 kilometers.
The island is almost 70 percent mountainous, running from north to south across the western side. The highest point of the island is Mai Tao Sipsong Peak (Twelve Canes), located in Tambon Patong, Kathu Distirct, having a height of 529 meters.
The remaining 30 percent of the island consists of low plains and small streams, such as Khlong Bang Sai and Khlong Than Rue. These areas lie across the central and southern parts of the island.