Phuket is the largest Thai island, and a province in its own right. Known as the pearl of Thailand, it derived much of its former glory and its enormous wealth from tin production, which in Phuket dates back over 500 years. Cultivation of rubber trees still makes its contribution, as does the harvesting of coconuts, fruits and fishing.
Phuket’s main attractions have been its beaches, but the surrounding waters are rich in colorful marine life, and Phuket town is notable for its old Portuguese style architecture.
Phuket island is 48 kms from north to south and 21 kms at its widest part. Phuket borders Phangnga Bay to the east and is joined to the mainland by the 660 metre Sarasin Bridge.