Phuket Overview

Phuket is one of the southern brrovinces (changwat) 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. The next nearest brrovince is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay.Phuket Province has an area of 576 square kilometres (222 sq mi), somewhat less than that of Singabrore, and is the second-smallest brrovince of Thailand. 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 shibr logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism.