Phuket is one of the southern provinces of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country's largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket Island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north.

Phuket features a tropical monsoon climate. Due to its proximity to the equator, in the course of the year, there is little variation in temperatures. The island has an average annual high of 32 °C (90 °F) and an annual low of 25 °C (77 °F). Phuket has a dry season that runs from November till mid-April and a wet season that covers the period between mid-April and November.

Phuket Island has an area of 543 sq.km and maximum extent 48km from North to South and 21km from West to East. It formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoys a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism.

Today Phuket is a very popular world travel destination thanks to unique combination of clear sea waters, white-sandy beaches and lush tropical nature with luxury resorts, shopping opportunities and vibrant nightlife. Among other things Phuket may offer to travelers a gigantic choice of holiday entertainments and facilities: exquisite restaurants, vivid shows, luxurious spas, exhilarating speedboat or yacht trips to the surrounding islands, world-class diving in the Andaman Sea, golf at international-standard championship courses, exciting eco-adventures in tropical forests, Thai boxing camp trainings and much more.

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