Phuket island is the largest island in Thailand, has the status of independent province. It is situated 892 km from Bangkok. You can get there by plane for only 50 minutes. Washed by Andaman sea and Indian ocean, stretched from north to south for 48 kilometers and for 21 from east to west. Sandy beaches located on the island west coast are separated from each other by the wooded hills.
Phuket is a tropical island and its climate conditions depend on monsoons providing warm and humid weather all the year round. That is why there are two basic seasons on the island – south-western monsoon season (rainy) and north-eastern monsoon season (dry).
Humid season starts in May and ends in October. Maximum precipitations occur in August, September and first half of October. These periods sunny days change to cyclones, storms are frequent, and hurricanes sometimes last for 2 or 3 days.
From March to May, during Thai summer the temperature on Phuket is generally about 30-35 degrees, water - +28C. This time water is especially rich in blooming plankton, this is the period when whale sharks, blue skates and giant mants (that reach 6 m in size and weigh up to 4 tons) come to Similan islands – diving season starts.
Karon and Kata (Ao Karon and Ao Kata). To the south of Patong you can find a splendid, quiet and spacious beach Karon. Long and wide beach is covered with fine pale-golden sand. The hotels located there are of higher class, and you can feel measured atmosphere of relaxed rest there. One can find a lot of different middle and high class restaurants. The coast is divided into three parts: spacious Ao Karon, small Kata Yai deepened into the coast line, and the southern one – Kata Noi, where diving lovers will find a lot of interesting underwater species. Kata areas are the most developed, but as hotel owners claim, these places are not intended to be turned into something like Patong. Promenades along the beach lightened by the quaint lamps make the place really charming.
Nai Harn. More to the south of Kata there’s a wonderful coast area Nai Harn. Before Phuket Yacht Club was founded there this place was famous by its cheap bungalows, scattered secluded here and there among the palms. But now it’s still one of the less industrialized beaches of the island.
Rawai. On the eastern point of Phuket’s southern part Rawai beach is located, which is not the best for swimming. The level of water is generally very low and the tourists staying there have to find another place to swim. The conditions for snorkling on the other hand are perfect.
The most popular kind of sport on the island is diving. The coast of the Andaman sea with wonderful sea and underwater sceneries, coral thickets and caves are an irreplaceable for diving lovers. There are around 10 special diving schools, which organize 1-2 day tours to the nearby islands (Ko-Phiphi, Ko Dok-Mai) Having got to up to 35 meters depth with experienced instructors You’ll be able to enjoy the wonderful world of underwater caves and coral reefs. On the beaches of Phuket you’ll find a wide range of active vacation facilities – yachts, canoes, windsurfing, water skis, parachutes, snorkling and other water entertainments. Other sports are also manifold – from golf, horse riding to motor racing and a lot more. Or you can simply lie in the warm Thai sun waiting for the wonderful sunset..
All together it will create a perfect atmosphere for a truly unforgettable vacation.