Phuket is one of the southern provinces of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are Phang Nga and Krabi, but Phuket is an island and therefore there is no land border. The island is served by Phuket International Airport and connected by bridge to the mainland and the two are located in the north of the island . This is one of the most popular tourist regions of Thailand.
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, located in the Andaman Sea to the west of the Malay Peninsula . The island is very mountainous , especially in the west, with a mountain range aligned north to south . These mountains are the southern end of a chain that extends over 440 km in the Isthmus of Kra and culminates at 1138 m Khao Phra Mi The highest elevation on the island itself is while 529 m above sea level , in May Tha Sip Song .
Nearly 70% of the island is covered by forest . The western coast has several sandy beaches , while on the east coast they are muddy . The extreme south of the island is Laem Promthep , very popular point of view for its sunsets.
The main tourist area of the island is Patong Beach , which also has most of its nightlife and is the center of cheap shopping on the island. Other popular beaches include those of Karon, Kata , Nai Harn Beach and Bang Tao.
Like its neighbor Phi Phi , the island was hit by the tsunami caused by the earthquake of 26 December 2004.