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Part of the island's name is derived from an ancient phrase meaning “mountains made from crystals.” It was a popular resting spot for fishermen during the 13th and 14th centuries, as they commuted between India and China. In the 1800s, Chinese immigrants came to find work mining tin, and during this time the ethnic character of the area's inland became primarily Chinese, although Muslim fishermen were more predominant in its coastal region. In 1937, the island became a province in its own right when Thailand's government changed to a parliamentary system from that of an absolute monarchy. With its fascinating scenery and interesting history it is no surprise that many travelers choose this location for an exotic vacation. Following are some tips for those planning to visit Phuket:
Phuket is typically hot and humid, regardless of the time of year one visits. However, the warmest season usually lasts from mid-March until the first week of May. November through February is the island's coolest season, but temperatures during these months are still warm, similar to autumn in the southern United States. During winter in Phuket, short but strong thunderstorms and sudden torrential downpours are common, which almost always leave the surrounding air fresh and invigorating.
Tourist Attractions and Leisure Activities
Surfing is a sport in which many individuals participate when visiting the island's western beaches. Waves during May to August rival those found in Hawaii, Australia, and other top surfing destinations around the world. In addition, the shoreline of the Andaman Sea is considered a diver's paradise, with its high cliffs and calm waters. Many diving enthusiasts cite the area as one of the best diving locations in the world. However, novice divers should avoid the island's western beaches and begin their diving experience from Phuket's northern shore, which is much more forgiving to first time divers than is the topography of the aforementioned western shore.
There is also no lack of championship golf courses on the island, and residents of Phuket take pride in maintaining their courses and ensuring that they are beautifully landscaped and updated on a regular basis. Additionally, golf prices are typically quite reasonable on the island, making it highly popular for both beginners and pros.
Eco-Adventures for Nature Lovers
Outdoor enthusiasts and those who enjoy visiting areas of the world that have been left in their natural state may wish to consider an eco-adventure in Phuket. Guided tours through tropical forests, jeep excursions to the island's center, and other activities for the environmentally conscious are available virtually every day of the year.
A Fascinating PhangNga Bay Cruise
Many vacationers choose to indulge in a mystical and educational cruise around the PhangNga Bay. The latter is a famous landmark with a lengthy history that experienced guides explain while the cruise takes place. Those with children will find this activity especially enjoyable.
Active individuals who prefer a boisterous nightlife will also enjoy a visit to Phuket. Here, one can patronize one of the many nightclubs located on the celebrated Patong Beach. The latter is one of the most popular beaches for young adults, and most dance clubs and cocktail lounges in the area will stay open as long as guests continue to arrive. Regardless of one's vacation objectives, a trip to beautiful Phuket is guaranteed to be an exciting and memorable experience.
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