Thailand's dazzling largest island,beach Bliss, Sino portuguese heritages and underwerter wonder
Phuket is the biggest island located in the southern part of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. The name Phuket is derived from Malay word “Bukit '' meaning hill. The previous name was Junk Ceylon by the Portuguese explorers during the 16th century. In early history, Phuket was a trading route between India and China. Ships would anchor in the safe harbour of Phuket and wait for the northeast monsoon winds which would allow them to proceed the journey to India. During the 17th to 19th Phuket became the major source supply of tin and trading port for the Europeans,Arabs, and Portugueses. At the beginning of the 20th century, the tin industry went down, the large area of the island was cleared for rubber plantations and becoming a famous tourist destination until now. Furthermore due to majority of the population is Thai Buddhist and there is a significant number of Muslim around 20 percent from Malay descent and People of Chineses ancestry who migrated to Phuket during the 19th century known as "Phuket Babas", It makes Phuket unique in terms of diversity of culture and history with beautiful pearly white-sand beaches.
Things to do in Phuket
Explore Island Paradise
Phuket has many beaches to explore from peaceful to lively beaches with various activities. from Day to Night, for example, Patong beach, Kata beach, Karon beach, Nai Harn beach, Mai Khao beach, Nai Yang beach Nonetheless ,Taking a day trip to visit the Islands and for example Koh Racha. Ko Racha is composed of two islands: Ko Racha Noi and Ko Racha Yai. Ko Racha Yai covers a white sandy beach shoreline with crystal water. It is known as a paradise for tourists, especially for those who are fond of diving. Equipped with full facilities, this island is ideal for staying over amidst nature. Ko Racha Noi is a popular diving spot, which is suitable for professional divers only. Divers will also have a chance to meet Manta ray or great white shark here. Moreover, Phuket is also the main destination to explore famous travel spots nearby such as Phang Nga bay (Phangan Province), Phi Phi Island (Krabi province) by driving or boat.
Old Town City
Long history and diverse cultures bring the uniqueness to Phuket Island which you could not find in the other Islands. In Phuket old town, the history of Phuket comprises a diversity of ethnicities and religions; such as, Chinese, Indian, European, and Muslim, who came to reside and made a living as merchants. Phuket town offers much more than you think with some excellent restaurants and local sights. The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture along with a tangible quaintness makes for a fascinating and unforgettable afternoon spent sauntering around Phuket's Old Town.
Shopping & Entertainment
There are many restaurants and shops that you shouldn't miss during the trip to Phuket. Unlike other Islands in Thailand, Phuket offers more entertainment and various shopping destinations. From luxury shopping malls, duty-free shops and night markets, Phuket has it all. Moreover, it is highly recommended for your free time at night, there are live shows with extravaganza Thai arts and culture performances, for example, Phuket Fantasea show and Siam Niramit show.