Phuket, a top island getaway in Thailand, is a major province boasting a vivid history and geographical placement. In this article, you can learn more about the Thai haven loved for its pristine beaches, lush interiors and vintage temples.

fitri agung from Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, Indonesia, Shops in Phuket (8482739682), CC BY 2.0


It was formerly known as Thalang, and the northern end of the island, which was once the Thai capital, is still identified by the name. Today there is a night market and shopping mall named Jungceylon Shopping Center found within a driving distance from Anantara Layan Phuket Resort.


The island setting on the Andaman Sea covers 576 square kilometres and is the largest in Thailand but small as a province. A mountain range frames the island from north to south which means that most of the island is mountainous with the best luxury hotels Phuket has to offer sitting on the beach.

Culture and People

Thai Buddhists are the majority population while Malay Muslims and Chinese add to the mix. A small percentage of Sea Gypsies, the original settlers of Phuket, still exist. Popular festivals include Songkran and Chinese New Year.


Developed Patong and Karon areas fuel Phuket’s tourism industry; these areas are home to some of the best beach hotels in South Thailand. Phuket has its own airport.