10 Quick Facts About Phuket for Lazy Readers

10 Quick Facts About Phuket for Lazy Readers
10 Quick Facts About Phuket for Lazy Readers
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10 Quick Facts About Phuket for Lazy Readers

If you have never been in Phuket before, you probably don’t know what to expect apart from those annoyingly beautiful photos everyone posts everyday on Facebook. If you are not in the mood to search the net for hours and you just want to get an overview, we compiled here 10 Quick Facts about Phuket that will summarize some of the interesting facts. It is not meant to tell you everything you should know, but you will get the big picture in few minutes, maybe enough to know the basics to start, then you can follow the links to more detailed information.


1 About Phuket

Phuket is both an island and a province, the largest in Thailand and the size of Singapore (539 sq.km, 48 km north to south, 21 km east to west), located on the south west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge. The currency is the Thai Baht and the electricity is 220 Volt. Most of the population is Buddhist. Phuket has an International Airport mostly deserved by Thai Airways, Air Asia and Nok Air. (Read more in our Phuket FAQ.)


2 Phuket Name and History

Phuket is pronounced ‘Pooket’ (not: ‘…’) and the original name was Jungceylon, which is the name of the giant ‘Jungceylon Shopping Mall‘. Before being ‘Phuket City’ the main town was ‘Thalang’, not far from the airport. The main source of income is tourism, but tin mining put Phuket on the world map all the way back from 16th century. An entire Kathu Mining Museum has been built in a remote location to preserve the tin mine history. Latex, pineapples, frozen fish, cashew nuts and palm oil are also main source of revenue.


3) The 36 Beaches of Phuket

The nicest sandy beaches are all on the west coast, the most popular ones being of course Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala and Bangtao, but some are still peaceful in the northern part: Naithon, Maikhao and Haad Sai Gaew. The East coast is covered by mangrove in the north and rocky in the south at the exception of few hidden beaches such as Laem Ka. The east coast offers beautiful view on the nearby islands. Read more


4) The Main Towns

The main town is ‘Phuket City’ but everyone calls it Phuket Town. Thalang Road in the city center has applied to be a UNESCO heritage site with the many Sino Portuguese mansions and shop-houses, including some jewels such as the ‘Baan Chinpracha House Museum‘, ‘China Inn‘, the Thai Hua Museum and the recently renovated ‘Blue Elephant Restaurant‘. The second biggest town is Patong Beach and it keeps on growing as you read this.


5 The Nightlife

Nightlife is really unique in Phuket, mostly in Patong Beach, but is also very active in Kata Beach and Karon Beach. Almost any beach has its bit of nightlife but ‘Soi Bangla‘ is the hottest place on the island. Closing time is supposed to be 2am, but party always continues way beyond. Most popular night venues are the beer bars and the famous Go Go Bars, but also several Night Clubs and a very active gay nightlife. Read more


6 Events and Festivals

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival occurs on the 1st to the 9th day of the 9th moon according to the Chinese lunar calendar (october). Songkran in April is an occasion to have fun throwing water at each other for a day and mostly party all night. Loy Kratong on full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar (November) is celebrated by releasing on the water little floats made of leaves, incense and flowers. Old Phuket Festival, end January, and Chinese New Year are the occasion for parades in town. The Phuket Gay Festival April 24 to 28 is also great fun.


7 The Landmarks

Phuket highest point is Radar Hill with amazing views of Patong and Chalong, other popular hills include the famous Big Buddha, Kao Rang Hill and Karon Viewpoint. Wat Chalong is the most visited temple and Promthep Cape is the southernmost viewpoint. The Heroine Monument on the way to the airport stands in memory of the two sisters who defeated the Burmese in 1785. Some movies shot in Phuket: James bond Island in Phang Nga Bay, On On Hotel in Phuket Town in ‘The Beach’ and Baan Chinpracha was used in Heaven and Earth.


9 The Thai Food

Thai Food in Phuket

Thai food is famous all around the world and trying local restaurants should really be be part of your Thai experience. Phuket food is generally more spicy than in the rest of Thailand. Popular dishes are Tom Yum Koong (Spicy sour prawn soup), Tom Ka Kai (Chicken soup with coconut milk), Som Tam (Green papaya salad), Hor Mok (fish mousse), Kuay Tiew (Noodle soup), Pad Thai and more. If you can’t eat spicy just say “Mai Pet” (not spicy). But best of all, Phuket is famous for its amazing seafood!


10 Around Phuket

phang-nga

The amazing limestones cliffs of Phang Nga Bay and the famous James Bond Island are about 75 km North East of Phuket, as well as Koh Panyi, the village entirely built on stilts. Phi Phi Islands are 46 km south east and Similan Islands are 120 km north west of Phuket. Khao Lak is 100 km away along the east coast, past the connecting bridge, while Krabi is 150 km driving along the east coast, past Khaosok National Park.

Written by

Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 23 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run 2 blogs: Phuket101.net and BangkokUndercover.com, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com

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Patong Beach ☆☆☆
Kata Beach☆☆
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Kamala Beach ☆☆
Nai Harn Beach ☆☆
Kata Noi Beach ☆☆
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HIDDEN BEACHES
Freedom Beach ☆☆
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15 ISLANDS NEAR PHUKET
Similan Islands ☆☆☆
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Racha Island
James Bond Island
Koh Panyee

BEST THINGS TO DO IN PHUKET
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John Gray Sea Canoe ☆☆☆
Phang Nga Bay ☆☆☆
Buddha Cave in Phang Nga
Phuket Town Walking Map
Thalang Road - Old Phuket Town ☆☆
Phuket Walking Street ☆☆
Simon Cabaret Show ☆☆
Phuket Fantasea ☆☆
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Upside Down House
Kao Rang Hill
Phuket Aquarium

10 PHUKET VIEWPOINTS
Big Buddha ☆☆
Karon Viewpoint (Kata Viewpoint) ☆☆
Wassa Homemade Bar ☆☆
Windmill Viewpoint
Black Rock Viewpoint ☆☆
Samet Nangshe Viewpoint ☆☆
Promthep Cape Viewpoint
Panwa Viewpoint
After Beach Bar

PHUKET WATERFALLS
Bangpae Waterfall
Kathu Waterfalls
Tonsai Waterfalls

PHUKET MUSEUMS
Baan Chinpracha
Phuket Mining Museum
Thai Hua Museum

TEMPLES of PHUKET
7 Buddha Postures for 7 Days
Big Buddha ☆☆
Wat Chalong ☆☆
Buddha Cave in Phang Nga
Wat Kao Rang and Sitting Buddha
Wat Phra Thong
Shrine of The Serene Light

NIGHTLIFE
10 Tips to Spot a Ladyboy
10 Ways to PARTY in Patong
Simon Cabaret Show
Paradise Complex
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Phuket Fantasea
Rock City Patong

PHUKET BEACH CLUBS
Cafe Del Mar ☆☆
Catch Beach Club
Dream Beach Club
Kudo Beach Club
HQ Beach Lounge
Iguana Beach Club
Xana Beach Club

INSIDE GO GO BARS (HOT)
Suzy Wongs A Go Go (HOT)
Devil's Playground (HOT)
Diablo A Go Go
Exotica A Go Go
Harem A Go Go (NEW)
Rock Hard A Go Go

SOI BANGLA ROAD
Soi Seadragon (HOT)

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White Room
Seduction Phuket
Tiger Club

SHOPPING
Central Festival Phuket
JungCeylon Shopping Mall ☆☆☆
Phuket Price Check

PHUKET NIGHT MARKETS
Chillva Night Market ☆☆☆ NEW!
Phuket Walking Street ☆☆
Phuket Weekend Market
Phuket Indy Market

PHUKET MARKETS
Banzaan Market ☆☆☆
Phuket Amulet Market

EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Loy Krathong
Songkran
Patong Gay Festival
Vegetarian Festival

SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Diving in Phuket NEW!
Thai Boxing Training
Wake Park
Dino Park Mini Golf
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Go Kart
Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay
Phuket Tree Adventures
Spas and Massages
Splash Jungle Water Park
Surf House Kata Beach
Surf House Patong
White Water Rafting

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HOTELS & RESORTS
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MAI KHAO & NORTH PHUKET
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BEST HOTELS IN KATA BEACH
Kata Rocks
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KARON BEACH
Movenpick Resort
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PHUKET TOWN
Westin Siray Bay Resort
Novotel Phuket Phokeethra
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ISLAND RESORTS
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BEST RESTAURANTS in PHUKET

MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS
La Gritta at Amari Phuket
Wok Pagoda NEW!
Da Maurizio
360 at Pavilions
Mom Tri's Kitchen
Pan Yaah Restaurant
Tunk Ka Cafe
Gaetana Italian Restaurant
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Panwa House at Cape Panwa

10 BEST LOCAL AND THAI RESTAURANTS
Mor Mu Dong Restaurant
Pang Prai Restaurant
Kan Eang 2 Seafood
Kan Eang @ Pier
One Chun
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Raya House
Tunk Ka Cafe
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