The name "Phuket" is
derived from the Malay "Bukit," meaning hill, and hills
dominate much of the islands interior. There are still some rubber
plantations and a few open-pit mining operations going on. Going by
rented car or taking a fun but touristy "safari" is a good
way to get into the jungle or up the hills from which you'll have
great views of the beaches below and the many surrounding islands and
islets. Most folks come for the beaches though, and Phuket's are
indeed some of the best in Thailand. Take your shoes off, find a
hammock, and relax.
a large island in the Indian Ocean, is 867 kms. from Bangkok. It is
the only island having provincial status, and was a regional
headquarters as well, with a rich and colorful history. Known as the
Pearl of the Andaman, it derived much of its former glory and its
enormous wealth from tin production, which in Phuket dates back over
500 year. Today, Phuket is the major tourist attraction of Thailand.
The surrounding waters contain much varied marine life, and the town
is notable for its Sino-Portuguese architecture.
It is a very attractive island for sightseeing, with lovely seashores
and forested hillsides. Its population of 1.6 million people ranks
sixth among all provinces. Approximately 1.75 million Rai of the area
is forest land. The main occupation here is rice farming. The average
per capita income is 14,343 baht.