Phuket is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand, and the largest island in the country. At 540 square kilometres, it’s about the same size as Singapore. Phuket is connected by bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The next nearest province is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay. The registered population (includes only Thais), at the end of 2012 was 360,905.
Phuket boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Asia with roughly 10 million visitors last year. Some people say its famous beaches are over-crowded, but the island is bigger than many realize, and has beaches which still have little or no development at all.
Phuket has many hills and stunning viewpoints, and the word Phuket is derived from the Malay word Bhukit wich means “Hill”.
The best time to visit Phuket is between the months November to February when the area’s climate is less hot than usual. March is the hottest month with an average temperature of 29°C (83°F), average high at 34°C (93°F) and the coldest month is January at 27°C (81°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in April. Facing the Andaman Sea, Phuket is subject to a 6-month rainy season between May and November.
The sea is coldest in December and January with an average sea temperature of 28°C (86°F) and the hottest months are April – July with an average sea temperature of 30°C (86°F).
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