Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and second smallest province, covering an area of 222 square miles. The island enjoys a rich and colourful history, having been on one of the main trade routes between India and China. Much of the island’s historic wealth came from tin and rubber, though today the economy is largely focused on tourism.
Phuket offers some of the very best Thai culture as well as breathtaking landscapes, areas of astounding natural beauty and impressive historic buildings. The island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to the Phang Nga Province. The name Phuket is a fairly recent one - the island was formerly known as Thalang within Thailand and as Jung Ceylon by the West.