Phuket is one of Thailands biggest tourism industries. Considered the Jewel in the Andaman the TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) often puts this province at the forefront of its campaign to woo the tourist here.
One of the most expensive places in Thailand, second only to Bangkok and even then it often matches it in the Nightlife pricing.
Areas in Phuket include:
Patong Beach: The party-town and visited by thousands of tourists, expats, desperados and travellers each week (some say each day!). You want girls, action and partying? This is the place.
Karon Beach: The Next beach around the bay south of Patong. Slightly more subdued than Patong Beach but still vibrant enough with bars now springing up to lure in the farang.
Kata Beach: Further south and the more peaceful area of Kata is a world away from Patong beach. Good for the families and quiet-types.
Phuket Town: The islands main administrative center and home to most of the islands population.
The Northern and Southern Fringes: Get away from the crowds and chill on the quiet and peaceful spots along the coast.
This is the overview of the boats that can get you out to the islands.
Boat travel to the Andaman Islands:
Founded: circa 1800s A.D
Population: 83,000 (Approx)
Size (Metropolitan): 5 Sq. Miles
Distance from Capital by Air: 440 miles
Distance from Capital by Road: 530 miles
Seasons and Weather.
Phuket is in the far south of Thailand. It can get pretty hot here and rainy too. The heat is a sharp contrast to the rain during the monsoon season. The temperature hits a peak in April. The wettest is normally October and the coldest is usually December.
Cool Season - October to February. Avg Temp - 24 C
Hot Season - March to May. Avg Temp - 32 C
Wet Season - June to September. Avg Temp - 28 C.
Provincial Map of Phuket