Phuket (ภูเก็ต), pronounced (roughly) "puh-KET", is Thailand's largest island. It is 48 km in length, 21 km at its widest, and is in Southern Thailand, on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga province by a pair of short but substantial road bridges.


Map of Phuket
  • 1 Phuket Town — the administrative centre of the province with the cheapest accommodation,
  • 2 Cape Panwa — home to Phuket Aquarium
  • 3 Chalong Bay — home to Phuket's most popular yacht anchorage and the primary gateway to the islands off Phuket
  • 4 Karon — the second most-developed beach after Patong, split into Karon Yai and Karon Noi Beaches
  • 5 Laem Sing — small bay with stunning views, between Kamala and Surin Beaches
  • 6 Mai Khao — many posh resorts, Thai villages, and restaurants, very quiet and far away from it all
  • 7 Patong — the largest and most popular beach resort known for its nightlife
  • 8 Rawai — jumping off point for lots of local islands, popular with locals for eating on the beach
  • 9 Surin — an up-and-coming upmarket destination