Phuket is Thailand's largest island. Phuket is situated in the Andaman Sea waters on Thailand's Indian Ocean coastline, 867 kilometers south of Bangkok. The island is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, powdery, palm-fringed white beaches, smaller surrounding islands, hospitable people and seafood, delightful turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese architecture, numerous sporting and leisure opportunities and a lush tropical landscape - all combined to create a delightful ambience for truly memorable holidays. Phuket's most famous beaches are Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala and Nai Harn Beach. Phuket and its islands are ideal for sailing, diving, snorkeling, golfing and other kinds of sports and entertainment. Travelers can also take a trip with a submarine to discover the colorful marine lives in the sea. There is plenty of accommodations available ranging from standard bungalows to 5-star hotels and resorts.
Phuket's weather conditions are dominated by monsoon winds that blow year round. It is therefore always warm and humid. There are two distinct seasons, rainy and dry. The rainy season begins in May and lasts till October, during which the monsoon blows from the southwest. The dry season is from November through April, when the monsoon comes from the northeast. Highest average temperatures, at 33.4 degree Celsius, prevail during March. Lowest averages occur in January, when nightly lows dip to 22 degree Celsius.
The gateway to Phuket Island, a paradise of tourists in the southern part of Thailand. HKT is now under supervision of the Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited [AOT]. Phuket Island and nearby provinces are popular resort areas, Phuket International Airport then enjoys a high level of arriving passengers from all over the world and plays an important role in promoting travel and tourism in the southern region as well as throughout the kingdom. Nowadays, 38 airlines are on service and more than 2,900,000 passengers, 27,000 flights and 28,500 tons of cargo are handled at this airport. Located at longitude 98 18' 45" and latitude 08 06' 38", 82 feet above sea level, Phuket International Airport is 32 kms. from downtown Phuket.
Phuket's two main private hospitals, Phuket International Hospital and Bangkok Hospital Phuket, are both staffed with doctors and coordinators who speak English and other foreign languages. Both hospitals have emergency care and they also do a thriving trade in medical tourism services including cosmetic surgery, Lasik eye surgery and dental procedures, even sex-change surgery. The third private facility, Mission Hospital, is run as a non-profit. It doesn't have the hotel-style flash or specialist treatments of the other private hospitals but it offers a good standard of care.