Lying on the fringe of the Andaman Sea off the west coast of Southern Thailand, the island of Phuket is approximately 890 Km from Bangkok. It is Thailand’s largest island at 550 sq km, roughly the same size as Singapore.
The name Phuket is apparently derived from the word bukit in Malay which means mountain or hill, as this is what the island appears like from a distance. Phuket is surrounded by many smaller islands that add a further 70 sq km to its total land area. Phuket is separated from the mainland by the Chong Pak Phra channel at its northernmost point, where a causeway connects the island to the mainland.
The most beautiful beaches are found on the West coast, separated by rocky coves and headlands. The east coast comprises limestone shoals with only a few sandy beaches while spectacular limestone islands adorn the horizon. Coral gardens full of exotic marine life dot the emerald waters surrounding the island.
Getting There And Around
Although Phuket is an island, getting here is very straightforward. The majority of tourists arrive through Phuket International Airport (HKT). However, you can also get to Phuket by road, rail and of course by sea if you have your own boat.
Getting to Phuket by air couldn’t be easier. Phuket is served by an international airport with a number of scheduled and charter flights from Europe and around Asia.
Flights from Bangkok take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Book your tickets early, especially during the high season from November to April.
A private car and driver can also be arranged by our concierge service.