Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, a province to itself and one of Thailand’s prime tourist destinations.
Phuket has beaches that range from the touristy frenzy of Patong to the relative quiet of Mai Khao on the northwest coast..
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Phuket is accessible by bus, rail (partial), car, boat and air.
Thai Airways has numerous regular daily flights. Phuket is also served by a number of international carriers from an increasing number of international destinations
Rail service from Hualampong will get you to Surat Thani. At Surat Thani, a number of buses operate to Phuket.
Bus service from the Southern Bus Station. Plan for 16 hours and opt for the VIP (24 seat) bus.
Read also : Travel Map of Chiang Mai Province
Car – Petchkasem Road (Route 4) is a 4 lane divided highway to Phang Nga, then Route 402 to Phuket. Another option is Route 4 to Chumphon then Route 41 to Surat Thani, 401 to the intersection with 415, reengage Route 4 to Rout 402.
Phuket is the center for much of the scuba diving in the Andaman sea. Numerous PADI shops offer courses, day trips and live aboard excursions to the Surin and Similan Islands.
Phuket has an interesting mix of Sino Portuguese architecture to contrast the beaches and nightlife. Sailing trips to the Mergui Archipelago are available as well as a newly launched schedule of flights to the Andaman Islands.