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Phuket, Thailand, is commonly referred to as the
Pearl of South and is the largest island in Thailand.
Phuket Island runs 48 kilometers (34 miles) north to south and
21 kilometers (16 miles) east to west. Phuket is broken by a chain
of mountains and valleys mainly from a north-south range running
down the west coast. This accounts for about 70% of the land area.
The tallest peak, Mai Tao Sip Song (12 Cane Peak) is 529 meters.
The other 30% of the island is flat land located mainly in the
central and eastern portions of the island. Laying in the Andaman
Sea off southern Thailands west coast, the islands
terrain is incredibly varied, with rocky headlands, long broad
sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, forested hills, small estuaries,
lagoons, and tropical vegetation of all kinds. Its large size
has allowed microclimates to develop in different areas of the
The island offers many different looks and feels
for you to discover and enjoy. Kata Beach with its spectacular tropical
scenery compared with the stately cassurina trees that are found
on Nai Yang Beach just a few kilometers north. The triple canopy
rainforest of Khao Phra Thaeo National Park to the mud flats and
mangrove swamps of Koh Siray. Limestone outcroppings line the east
coast and solid granite boulders on the west. Phuket is truly a
tropical wonderland and offers something for just about everyone.
To help you find your way around the island this web site divides
the island into five geographical areas Patong Beach, South Coast
Area, Phuket Town, North Coast Area, and the North Central Area.
It is organized around and gives directions from the Patong Beach
area because the majority of visitors are located there. Those staying
in the Kamala Beach area north of Patong or the Kata Beach and Karon
Beach areas to the south should be able to easily make the necessary
adjustments for distance and travel time.