Known as ‘The Pearl of the Andaman’, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is situated 867km south of Bangkok. It is surrounded by 32 smaller islands which form the Province of Phuket. It has a long and colourful history and, before tourism arrived, gained much of its prosperity from the tin mining industry. Now Thailand’s most popular tourist destination it offers travellers a variety of activities and sightseeing opportunities. The island has a large number of beaches, the best of which are located on the southern and south west coasts.
Joining a James Bond Island tour and cruise the Phang Nga Bay is one of the most popular activities in the region. The area is situated 25 km north-east of Phuket. It consists of numerous dramatic limestone cliffs rising sheer out of the waters. The most famous one being James Bond Island with its needle formed limestone rock which featured in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”.
Patong is the undisputed nightlife centre of Phuket. From nine o’clock onwards nightly the town is buzzing and doesn’t stop until the wee hours. Bangla Road in Patong is the epicentre of the action and where you will find the biggest clubs, the craziest ‘bar beers’ and the fruitiest shows. However other areas such as Rat-U-Thit Road and Beach Road have lively night venues with good bands.