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In Thailand, Phuket (pronounce 'Pooket') generally surnamed 'Pearl of the South', and is the largest island in the kingdom. From north to south the length is 48 km, and 21 km. wide from east to west. Mountains and valleys all over the island. The main mountain chain runs from west to south and covers about 70% of the island's surface. The highest mountain is Mai Tao Song with 529 m, The other 30% of the island are rather flat and situated in the center and east. Situated in the Andaman Sea, west of Southern Thailand, the island has fantastic scenery's: rock parties, fantastic sand beaches, limestone formations, green hills, small creeks and lagoons, and of course a fantastic tropical vegetation. Thanks to the vast surface, micro-climates developed in several zones.

The History of Phuket

On ancient maps of the south-west region of Thailand, the name 'Junk Ceylon' can be seen as a description of the island we call today Phuket. Al ready in the 3the century the island of Phuket was a popular stop for ships and its name probably from the Tamils en route to India by the start of the 11th century. The name means 'gems'. Phuket was part of the Malay Shivit kingdom, but most of it became part of Thailand. By the Thai Ayutthaya period tin was found on the island and the Thai government offered concessions to foreign companies. Later, in the 18th century, once again the Burmese tried to concur Thailand and they attacked the island to take the ancient capital of Thalang. One of the most bloodiest battles in that period took place in 1745 when Jan, the widow of the governor and her sister Mock drove the Burmese back into the sea. After Phuket became prosper by its tin mines, first on the island and later on the sea bottom. This days there is almost no tin anymore and the economy of Phuket depends on rubber production and now most of all on tourism.

Phang-Nga Bay

Phang-Nga Bay is certainly one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world and is a must during your stay on Phuket Island. The zone around this bay show a complex of deltas, thick mangroves and nipa palm trees growing just to the border of the sea. The coastline is also protected by limestone karsts as high as 300 m (980 feet) and stone monolyte. A visit by boat is a must to explore the mangrove mysteries and to enjoy the spectacular panoramas of the limestone hills covered with jungle. The beauty of this bay is breath taking with its caves, creeks and idyllic small tropical beaches. Phang-Nga Bay is also the location where in 1972 they shot part of the James Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun, staring Roger Moore.

Phi Phi Island

The Phi Phi Islands are part of a national park southernmost of Phang-Nga Bay at 34 km southwest of Phuket. This two islands are more than just beautiful with emerald green hills, one of them 498 m high at a white sand beach. Seen from the sky the whole looks like a giant halter. The tour of Phi Phi Don, the biggest of the two islands, is only 20 km. Its beauty, its reputation, comes from the nine creeks with powder white sand and magnificent coral reefs in crystal clear warm water. The small number of habitants lives in a fisherman village, fast disguised by hotel development. Close to the the island you'll find Phi Phi Le. This is only a giant carved rock formation with several grottos separated by a canyon in the form of a bowl who is fed by water coming from the steep slopes of the hills. No one lives on this small islet, but there are some beautiful deserted beaches. Phi Phi Le is well known because for the famous sea swallows and their nests to prepare the bird's nest soup. Phi Phi Le is also the spot where on shot at Maya Beach the movie 'The Beach' staring Leonardo di Caprio.

Health requirements

No vaccinations are presently required unless you are traveling from or through contaminated areas. It is recommended that you be immunized against polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A and B.

Money/Credit cards

Credit cards are widely accepted in department stores, major hotels, up-market shops and restaurants. They can also be used for cash advances at banks and exchange counters. The most commonly accepted cards are VISA and MasterCard, followed by American Express, JCB and Diners Club.

Electricity

The electric current for the whole of Thailand is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Dual-prong rounded plugs as well as flat-pin plugs can be used in sockets. Adaptors are provided by most of the hotels.

Safety & security

Thailand is a safe country, but like anywhere in the world, it is wise to be a little cautious. Simple safety precautions such as ignoring touts, keeping away from trouble areas, not wearing excessive jewelry, being careful when crossing roads (remember: left-hand traffic!) and taking care of valuables will keep you out of trouble. Valuables such as money, travelers cheques, passports and flight tickets are best kept in the safety box of your hotel.

Airport tax

Airport tax or departure tax is required to be paid by all international and domestic passengers departing from any Thai airport. The airport tax of a domestic flight ticket bought within Thailand is usually added to the ticket fare automatically.
For international flight Baht 500.- / person
For domestic flight Baht 50.- / person

 

 

Some facts about Thailand

Thailand, officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand, covers an area of 514,000 square kilometers. It is similar in size to France and has a population of about 60 million. Approximately 95 percent of Thai citizens are Buddhists.

The remainder of the populace is comprised of Muslims, Christians and Hindus.

Geographically, Thailand is divided into four main regions: the Central Plains, the North, the Northeast and the South. The majority of the population lives in the fertile Central Plains, where the capital city of Bangkok is located. The Northern region, dominated by Chiang Mai (Thailand's second largest city), is an area of mountains and fertile valleys. In contrast to the Central and the North regions, the Northeast has harsh climatic conditions and is the least fertile region of Thailand. The South is famous for its fine beaches and idyllic limestone islands.

Thailand proudly proclaims that it has never been colonized. One positive aspect of this fact is that the country has retained its unique culture, traditions and language. With a long, rich heritage and abundant natural resources, Thailand is without doubt one of the most exotic countries in Asia.

Climate

Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with three distinct seasons:

  • Hot Season : November to May
  • Rainy Season : June to October
  • The average annual temperature is about 28° C.

Passport and visas

Many nationalities, including the citizens of Australia, Canada, South Africa, the USA and most European countries, do not need a visa for stays of up to 30 days. A valid passport, return ticket or onward travel arrangement needs to be presented upon request at your arrival in Thailand. These requirements are subject to change. Please check with the embassy or consulate in your home country before departure.

 

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