Some entertaining facts about Phuket Province that will make you look at it in a different way and with an air of welcome authority. Did you know?
- Phuketis the largest island in Thailand being just under the size of Singapore. It stretches just over 222 sq. miles (576 sq. km). Phuket is known for its beaches, Patong, which is one of the biggest tourist attractions for the island, there are 36 beaches spanning the island in total.
- The island’s length from north to south is 48 kilometres and its width is 21 kilometres.
- The word Phuket actually means mountain jewel.
- Kathu Mining Museum is a museum established to commemorate the thriving tin mining industry that ruled the island for centuries.
- As can be attained from the origin of the name, seventy percent of Phuket’s area is covered with a mountain range that stretches from north to south. There are 9 streams but no real rivers.
- Specifics will be hard to find, but the latest census in 2012 put Phuket’s population at about 600 000 people, among them migrants, international expats, Thais registered in other provinces and locals, although that probably has increased by now.
- The Sirinat National Park on the northwest coast was established in 1981 to protect an area of 90 square kilometres of land and 68 kilometres of marine area, including the Nai Yang Beach where sea turtles lay their eggs, a forward-thinking decision that has preserved the area.
- Numerous celebrities from around the world frequently visit Phuket including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Kevin Spacy and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Phuket really does seem to be the 8th wonder of the world, from never ending numbers of beautiful beaches to a wealth of history embedded in and around the island, there’s something for everyone.