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Located approximately 862 kilometers south of Bangkok is Phuket, Thailand\'s largest island, which is often dubbed as the pearl of the Andaman, or the pearl of the south. Its natural resources- rocky peninsular, limestone cliffs, white powdery beaches, tranquil broad bays and tropical in-land forests contribute to making it the South\'s wealthiest, busiest, most visited and most popular island and province.
Nestled in the tropical zone off the west coast of the southern part of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean, the province covers an area of approximately 543 square kilometers (excluding small islets). It is estimated that Phuket Province covers an area of approximately 590 square kilometers if its 39 other small islands are included. The islands total length, from north to south, is estimated at 48.7 kilometers and approximately 21.3 kilometers wide.
Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok\'s Southern Bus Terminal for Phuket several times daily. Trips by air-conditioned bus, which normally leaves in the evening, take about 13 hours.
Call 0 2434 7192, 0 2435 1199 or visit www.transport.co.th for more information.
From Bangkok, take Highway No.4 (Phetchakasem Road) through Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Phang-nga Provinces, then cross the Thep Krasattri Bridge or Sarasin Bridge to Phuket Island. The total distance is 862 kilometers and the travel time is approximately 12 hours.
There is no direct train service to Phuket. Travelers arriving by train must get off at Phun Phin Railway Station in Surat Thani Province and continue by regular bus to Phuket. For more information, call the State Railway of Thailand, 1690, 0 2223 7010, or 0 2223 7020.
During the high season, travelers may opt to get to Phuket from Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta (both are in Krabi Province). Few ports in Phuket provide this service with fares ranging between 300 bahts and 500 baht. The trip may take 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on weather conditions.
The Royal Phuket Yacht Club
Nai Harn Beach
Start: 4,900 THB .
Deevana Patong Resort & Spa
Start: 1,200 THB .
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Horizon Patong Beach Resort & Spa
Start: 1,550 THB .
Avantika Boutique Hotel
Start: 5,500 THB .
The water of Phuket is internationally renowned for their vitality of marine life, striking coral reefs and high visibility. The most popular dive hotspots included the Similans, Surin, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. There are numerous dive companies conducting trips around the Phuket and Andaman Seas. Mostly offer the full range of impeccable services with Personal attention and care. If you are looking for the perfect diving holiday, Phuket could be the ideal venue for your exciting diving.
Windsurfing Fan Season in November to April, steady winds and a flat sea make for a great combination, perfectly suited to this sport the fantastic West Coast is the place to be Kata, Karon, for example, is a popular windsurfing hangout.
The Andaman Region holds a treasure-trove of lagoons and bays perfect for sailing. Even as far south as Langkawi in Malaysia, the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar and the Similan Islands in Thailand, Yachts and motor boats may be chartered from Phuket Yacht Haven Marina or The Boat Lagoon for day trips, overnight excursions and live – aboard adventure tours. Take your dream vacation and sailing here to feel about one of Asia\'s finest sailing vessels in Phuket.