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Dubbed "Pearl of the South" by the tourist industry, hedonistic Phuket is a whirl of color and cosmopolitanism. Swanky and seductive, it’s where the rich come to play. A province unto itself, the 313-square-mile island is Thailand's largest, wealthiest, most populous and most visited. It features jagged coastal terrain, rocky peninsulas, sandy bays, tropical vegetation and the ubiquitous limestone cliffs found throughout the region. It’s a place to see and be seen, to dine on delectable seafood, scuba dive in azure blue seas, sip cocktails on pearly white beaches and retire at night to an ultra ritzy resort or dazzling yacht. This is ...

Dubbed "Pearl of the South" by the tourist industry, hedonistic Phuket is a whirl of color and cosmopolitanism. Swanky and seductive, it’s where the rich come to play. A province unto itself, the 313-square-mile island is Thailand's largest, wealthiest, most populous and most visited. It features jagged coastal terrain, rocky peninsulas, sandy bays, tropical vegetation and the ubiquitous limestone cliffs found throughout the region. It’s a place to see and be seen, to dine on delectable seafood, scuba dive in azure blue seas, sip cocktails on pearly white beaches and retire at night to an ultra ritzy resort or dazzling yacht. This is Southeast Asia’s St. Tropez, Miami Beach, Rio de Janeiro.

Many people consider Phuket the ultimate paradise, especially if you’re looking for glitz and glamour. Beach activities dominate by day; at night the lights come up, the music is pumped and the well-dressed throngs flock to the buzzing beachside bars and hip clubs to dance the night away.

Joe Cummings
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Joe Cummings has contributed to more than 35 guidebooks, maps, atlases, phrasebooks and photographic works, including his bestselling Lonely Planet Thailand and Buddhist Stupas of Asia: The Shape of Perfection.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Phuket is an island off the south-west coast of Thailand in Asia.
  • Language: Thai
  • Currency: Thai Baht
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    December to May