Phuket Island is the largest island in Thailand, closely connected to the mainland by a short bridge. The island has flourished, first through mining, and more with rubber tree plantations and a massive tourist industry. Set in the Andaman sea the island is surrounded by natural beauty. While the towns are not the most appealing, the beaches, scenery and islands of Phuket are well worth a visit.
One of the key draws to Phuket are the numerous beaches along its western edge. From Patong, with its extravagant nightlife, to the quieter beaches of Rawai, Kata and Kamala. As well as the mainland beaches, tourists should take island excursions perhaps to the beautiful Phi Phi Island (where 'The Island' was filmed) or James Bond Island, or further afield to the Similian Islands. More active visitors will tee off on one of the islands world class golf courses, from Phuket Country Club to Blue Lagoon.