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Phuket City Introduction


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Phuket, Thailand's largest island (360 sq mi/930 sq km—about the size of Singapore), is known as the pearl of the Andaman Sea. The island of Phuket (pronounced poo-KET) is linked to the mainland by Sarasin Bridge and is home to the capital, Phuket Town, and several beach resorts, the most famous of which is Patong.   Click here to see the full Phuket City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Phuket City Geography


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Phuket is Thailand's largest island. Located in southern Thailand, 521 mi/840 km from Bangkok, it lies off the country's western coast. Set in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is approximately 31 mi/50 km long and 9 mi/15 km wide and is linked to the mainland by Sarasin Bridge in the north. The renowned destinations of Khao Lak and Phang Nga lie just off the island to the north, Krabi to the east and Koh Phi Phi to the south.   Click here to see the full Phuket City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Phuket City History


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The island of Phuket has a rich and interesting history. The earliest known reference to Phuket dates from the third century when Greek geographer Ptolemy wrote about an island called Jang Si Lang, later referred to by the corruption Junk Ceylon. It became part of the Kingdom of Siam in the 13th century and was prized for its wealth of natural resources.   Click here to see the full Phuket City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Phuket City Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Although the vast majority of people go to Phuket for its glorious beaches and warm waters, the island offers a wide variety of sightseeing options. The excellent infrastructure means that traveling around the large island is easy, and you can visit several interesting sights for a full and rewarding day. The public transport network leaves a lot to be desired, but hiring a car or motorcycle is easy and will inevitably be less expensive than using local taxis. The mature tourist industry on Phuket also means that many tour operators provide half- or one-day tours that take the stress out of finding your own way around.   Click here to see the full Phuket City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Phuket City Nightlife


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Of the six main beach districts that offer evening entertainment, Patong is the most renowned and the most vibrant. However, it is not for everyone and is often used as a stark example for the decline of Phuket. Bangla Road and Soi Sunset are packed with bars and Western-style nightclubs, while Soi Seadragon is home to raunchy entertainment in the form of Thailand's ubiquitous go-go bars. Kata and Karon beaches are smaller versions of Patong, and Rawai at the southern tip of the island is lined with dozens of small and medium-sized bars. In comparison, Nai Yang Beach in the north of the island provides a quiet and relaxed spot for unassuming beachfront dinners or upmarket resort restaurants.   Click here to see the full Phuket City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Phuket City Restaurants & Dining


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Thailand has often been described as a food culture, meaning that food is more than simply sustenance; it is also the center of almost every aspect of social life. Indeed, you only need to wander down virtually any street to realize just how true that statement is. Almost everywhere, enterprising vendors have established regular pitches on the sidewalks, many specializing in one particular dish, while others are able to turn their hand to a bewildering amount of dishes.  Click here to see the full Phuket City travel guide on Travel42 »

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