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Phuket, a rain-forested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shop houses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos.
Phuket (Thai: ภูเก็ต, [pʰūː.kèt]) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country’s largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket Island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The next nearest province is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay.
Phuket Province has an area of 576 square kilometres (222 sq mi), somewhat less than that of Singapore, and is the second-smallest province of Thailand. It formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoys a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism.
Maya Bay to re-open to tourists, but closed to boats
Maya Bay will re-open for tourists on Nov 1, but only to tourists arriving from Loh Samah Bay on the far side of the island. Maya Bay will remain closed to boats.

Sharks return to Thailand’s famous Maya Bay after tourist ban

In a move to prevent more environmental damage by heavy ‘overtourism’, the number of tourists allowed to enter Mu Ko Similan National Park, a key natural tourist attraction just over 80km northwest of Phuket, has been halved with a quota brought into effect on Monday (Oct 15). Only 3,850 visitors per day are now allowed

Phuket Immigration Drive Thru opens
Services provided through the Drive Thru window are:

1. Picking up one-year permits-to-stay
2. 90-day reporting
3. Confirmation of registered address (if no changes, after returning from staying out of Phuket).

SilkAir prepares for the holiday season with the launch of a sixth daily service between Singapore and Phuket effective May 24. more info…

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