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General Info About Phuket

General information on Phuket, one of Asia's most popular holiday destinations, including its rich history, diverse culture, geography, as well as its climate and weather.

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  • Phuket's climate

    Climate

    It is warm in Phuket all year round with temperatures ranging between 25 – 34°C (77 – 93°F). Phuket’s... read more

    Climate

    It is warm in Phuket all year round with temperatures ranging between 25 – 34°C (77 – 93°F). Phuket’s weather is typically divided into two distinct seasons, dry and rainy, with transitional periods in between. The seasons are... read more

  • Vegetarian Festival

    Events & Festivals

    Planning your holiday to coincide with one of Phuket’s many events and festivals could make all the difference between a... read more

    Events & Festivals

    Planning your holiday to coincide with one of Phuket’s many events and festivals could make all the difference between a good holiday and a really memorable one. There are important events scattered throughout the year, so check if your visit to Phuket... read more

  • Phuket Geography

    Geography

    Phuket lies off the west coast of Southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea, approximately 890km from Bangkok. It is Thailand’s... read more

    Geography

    Phuket lies off the west coast of Southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea, approximately 890km from Bangkok. It is Thailand’s largest island at 550sq km, roughly the same size as Singapore, and is surrounded by many smaller islands that add a further 70 sq... read more

  • Phuket Heroines Monument

    History of Phuket

    Early History Located on trading routes between India and China, Phuket was subjected to foreign influences long before many... read more

    History of Phuket

    Early History Located on trading routes between India and China, Phuket was subjected to foreign influences long before many other parts of Thailand. Ships would anchor in the safe harbours of Phuket and wait for the northeast monsoon winds which would allow... read more

  • Provincial Hall

    Local Government

    Phuket is Thailand’s only island province and is also the country’s smallest province in terms of area. Phuket City... read more

    Local Government

    Phuket is Thailand’s only island province and is also the country’s smallest province in terms of area. Phuket City is the administrative centre though it is still commonly referred to as “Phuket Town”. It was given city status in 2004... read more

  • Vegetarian Festival Rituals

    Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014

    23rd Sep – 2nd Oct 2014 The Phuket Vegetarian Festival, celebrated by the Chinese community in Phuket, is Phuket’s... read more

    Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014

    23rd Sep – 2nd Oct 2014 The Phuket Vegetarian Festival, celebrated by the Chinese community in Phuket, is Phuket’s most important festival held over nine days during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (usually in late September or early... read more

  • Phuket sunset

    Phuket Weather & Forecast

    Phuket has a tropical climate, and is warm all year long. The dry season begins in December and usually lasts until March. The... read more

    Phuket Weather & Forecast

    Phuket has a tropical climate, and is warm all year long. The dry season begins in December and usually lasts until March. The monsoon season is June and lasts until October. Read more about Phuket’s climate. Phuket’s weather forecast for the next... read more

  • Rubber Tapping

    Phuket’s Economy

    Phuket has the second highest per capita income of any province in Thailand outside of Bangkok. Tourism has dominated the... read more

    Phuket’s Economy

    Phuket has the second highest per capita income of any province in Thailand outside of Bangkok. Tourism has dominated the island’s economy for the past two decades. Each year, over 3 million visitors arrive to enjoy Phuket’s natural splendor and... read more

  • Traditional Phuket Dress

    Phuket’s Population

    The residents of Phuket comprise Thais who have migrated from the mainland, ethnic Chinese, Malays, and Chao Leh or... read more

    Phuket’s Population

    The residents of Phuket comprise Thais who have migrated from the mainland, ethnic Chinese, Malays, and Chao Leh or ‘sea-gypsies’ who are the original inhabitants of Phuket. According to the census, Thai-Buddhists account for 71% of the... read more

  • Songkran in Phuket

    Public Holidays

    Government offices and most commercial offices will close on public holidays. Small shops may also close though most larger shops... read more

    Public Holidays

    Government offices and most commercial offices will close on public holidays. Small shops may also close though most larger shops and department stores will remain open. Bars and pubs are usually obliged to close on royal and religious holidays. January 1st... read more

  • Chalong Temple

    Religion in Phuket

    The main religion on Phuket, as in the rest of Thailand, is Theravada Buddhism. Theravada, literally the “Doctrine of the... read more

    Religion in Phuket

    The main religion on Phuket, as in the rest of Thailand, is Theravada Buddhism. Theravada, literally the “Doctrine of the Elders”, is the name of the school of Buddhism that draws its scriptural inspiration from the Pali Canon, or Tipitaka, which... read more