About Phuket

What comes into the mind of travellers when we talk about sea, sun and sand? Phuket must definitely be one of the answers. A number of exciting activities can be found on this island. In the early days of regional maritime trade, the cape of Phuket was locally referred to as Jung Ceylon, while locals called it Thalang, which evolved to be the name of the main town to the north of the island. As the perfect stopover sheltering traders from monsoons, Jung Ceylon welcomed merchants from India, Persia, Arabia, Burma, China, and also Siam. During the 16th century, the island was a popular trading port for tin. In 1785, Thalang town was surrounded by Burmese troops who invaded the coastal area. It was under the leadership of Chan, the widow of the governor, and her sister, Muk, who united the local residents and successfully fought and drove the invaders out of Phuket. It took over 30 days for the defending troops of Phuket, under the command of Chan and Muk, to claim their victory. As a result of such heroic deeds, noble titles were granted to Chan and Muk as Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sri Soonthorn, respectively. They are still highly respected by Phuket residents even today. When the city was in a peaceful state, the development of mining was so unprecedented. Chinese businessmen and miners later migrated to Phuket and soon enjoy thriving wealth. The island's long history has shaped the Phuket of the present with its diverse ethnic groups, culture, architectural influence, and fine cuisine. These attributes have made Phuket a complete tourist destination that offers a lot more beyond its natural heritage of sea, sand, forest, and world-renowned diving sites. Sino-Portuguese architecture casts its spell delighting travellers to the city, while Phuket style of hospitality has never failed to impress visitors from all walks of life.

Getting to Know: 1. Phuket is located approximately 862 kilometres south of Bangkok. 2. There are only two seasons in a year the green season (May to October) and the hot season (November to April). 3. Phuket is divided into 3 administrative districts: namely, Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Thalang and Amphoe Kathu.

The beaches of the south coast are typically crowded, while the north is far more tranquil.

All the major beaches (such as Patong beach, Kata beach, Karon beach, Nai Han beach, Mai Khao beach , Nai Yang beach) offer instruction and equipment for diving, snorkling, wind surfing and sailing. Don't forget to notice red flag! before swim. 

Panwa beach :

Known among locals as Laem Panwa (Panwa Cape), it is the island’s southwestern-most tip located 10 kilometers from Phuket town. Not only home to Phuket’s high-end resorts like Sri Panwa, Cape Panwa and The Regent, Panwa is where Phuket’s only Marine Biological Research Centre, aka. Phuket's Aquarium, was established to showcases a variety of marine species found in Andaman sea. The centre also undergoes several projects to help conserve rare and near-extinct marine animals


Travel by Air

Flying to Phuket is arguably the easiest way to get to the island. Most domestic airlines operate several flights daily between Phuket and Bangkok, Samui, and Chiang Mai. Some domestic airlines operate flights from Phuket to Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, and Hat Yai.

There are also numerous international airlines that fly directly to Phuket from various cities around Asia, including Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Penang, Singapore, and Sydney.

Transportation to and from the airport

Phuket International Airport is located approximately 30 kilometers north of Phuket Town. Taxis between Phuket Town and the airport cost approximately 400 baht, but the fares to the beaches range between 500 and 600 baht. Minivans charge approximately 80 baht /person to town, but 120 baht/person to Patong, Kata, and Karon Beaches. Phuket Limousine (tel. 076 248596), located approximately 1 kilometer west of the city, operates hourly shuttles to the airport from 6.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.


** Information excerpted fromhttp://www.tourismthailand.org/Where-to-Go/Phuket


Guides for Phuket airport transfer

You can use airport transfer service provided by the Cape Panwa Hotel. It costs THB 1,200 for one way trip. There are also other services, but we do not know how good is the service. Information of airport transfer found on the internet is listed below.

http://phuketairportthai.com/en/498-public-transport

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293920-s304/Phuket:Thailand:Taxis.And.Rental.Cars.html

http://www.phuketconnecttransfers.com/

http://www.paradisetaxiphuket.com/

http://www.myservicemytravel.com/

http://www.phuket.com/tours/transfer-services.htm


Where to eat in Phuket (http://www.wheretoeat-phuket.com/)

LingChula 2013