Pronounced ""poo-get", Phuket (ภูเก็ต) is Thailand's largest island covering 570 square kilometers. Phuket Island is roughly the same size as Singapore. Consisting of 33 islands, Phuket is 48 kilometers in length and 21 kilometers at it's most widest point. Phuket is located in Southern Thailand, on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline. Phuket is linked to the mainland by a bridge. Phuket is approximately 890km in distance from the Thai capital, Bangkok.
Dubbed by the tourist industry as the "Pearl of the South", this idylic island is divided into 3 districts; Talang district is situated in the North, Kathu district in the west and Muang district in the south.
As of March 2007, the general population of Phuket is estimated to be around 313,995 (source: Phuket Provincial Administration Office). The census indicates that Thai-Buddhists account for 71% of the total Phuket population, Malays 24% and Chao Leh 4%. The country's main source of income is tourism, however agriculture plays a vital role in the thai economy. The majority of the population is concentrated in Phuket City and Patong Beach.
Phuket is hot and humid throughout the year. The tropical weather pattern is commonly divided into 2 seasons. That is the dry season and the wet season. The dry season starts in April and ends in December - when the rainfall begins to increase. Regardless of it being the dry or wet season, Phuket's temperatures remain very consistent, on average 30c (86F). Phuket's climate is comparable in regards to Florida's summer temperatures and intensity of rain storms.
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