Fun Facts About Phuket, Thailand
Thailand is quite the mysterious country, from unbelievable Thai food to lush green lands as far as the eye can see.
There’s one place however that we’re here to discuss today – Phuket City or Phuket Town to the locals.
Here we’re going to look at some mind-blowing and ever-intriguing facts about this beautiful land.
You may have heard of Phuket many times but not really knowing what’s in the island other than the beautiful beaches scattered around. Well, here is your chance to get to know Phuket through this fun facts that we gathered for you.
Like every country around the world, Phuket has many idiosyncrasies that might seem unusual to first-time visitors to the island. Some are common in many cities in Southeast Asia, while others are unique only to Thailand. Don't be surprised to see a fellow foreigner doing the same things as the locals – they're definitely expats and visitors who have stayed on the island too long! We've listed Phuket's out-of-the-ordinary sights, which you'll experience at some point during your holiday.
Phuket (pronounced Poo-get) is Thailand’s largest island
Situated off the west coast in the Andaman Sea. Two bridges connect the island of Phuket to mainland Thailand.
It’s the Biggest Island in Thailand
This tropical paradise located on the south is the biggest island in Thailand. It has an area of 540 Sqm that is almost the same size as Singapore. Phuket is well-known among tourists due to its pristine white beaches, crystal clear water, and nearby exotic islands, crazy nightlife, and a full range of accommodation type from budget to super high-end. The island is huge enough to earn a status of a province. It has an international airport that has daily direct flights to major cities in Asia.
If you are curious about the transportation means available at Phuket airport make sure to have a look at our earlier post the best way to get to your hotel from Phuket Airport.
Phuket is not the original name of the island
Before the tourism era, Phuket was known by another name by the sea travelers and miners. The island was rich in tin ore in the past, and people back then called it Jungceylon which mispronounced it from the Malay language ‘Tanjung Salang’. Today, Jungceylon is a name of a big shopping mall located in Patong.
Phuket is known for its beaches, in particular Patong which is one of the biggest tourist attractions for the island, there are 36 beaches spanning the island in total.
An island in Phuket was used in 1974 for the Bond movie “The man with the golden gun”. After this the island was renamed James Bond Island.
A Great Venue for Wedding and Honeymoon
Due to its gorgeous nature with white sandy beaches, tropical ocean breeze, and a hospitable host, make Phuket a perfect place for a wedding ceremony.
The island is also packed with high-end accommodations such as the world-class hotel chains and private luxury villas with top-notch facilities to offer. Whether the couples choose to tie the knot on the beach or on a private island, they can have them at a competitive price. Another plus side of getting married in Phuket is the lovebirds can have a sweet honeymoon after the ceremony in the island itself.
Heroine’s monument lies along one of Phuket’s main roads Thepkassatri Road. The monument is a tribute to 2 women, Thao Thep Kasatri and Thao Sri Suntorn, who ordered women to dress as men in order to scare off advancing Burmese troops in 1785.
Toilet paper used as napkins on restaurants
Many local restaurants in Phuket (and the rest of Thailand) don’t bother with the formality of table napkins. A roll of toilet paper in a plastic container often does the trick nicely.
Gasoline Comes in a Bottle
One might spot a small stall by the roadside where one will see a bottle of whiskey filled up with a liquid and available for sale – Don’t try to drink them because they are gasoline! There are many gas station in Phuket. However, in some small roads or community areas, there might be small gasoline operators that come in handy for locals to fill up their motorbike tanks without heading into town.
Phuket suffered extensive damage from the December 26, 2004 Tsunami
Resulting from an Indian Ocean earthquake. Many of the damaged resorts were back in business by February, 2005 and little tsunami damage can be seen on the island today.
Throughout history, Phuket was on one of the major trading routes between India and China
And was frequently mentioned in ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders. Tin mining has been a major source of income for the island since the 16th century. Tin and rubber contributed
to Phuket’s rich and colorful history.
Phuket really does seem to be the 8th wonder of the world.
From never ending numbers of beautiful beaches to a wealth of history embedded in and around the island, there’s something for everyone.
Although Phuket is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, you’ll be amazed to know that it is still a small amount of the things to do and see in this part of Thailand. Phuket has so much to do it is impossible to do it all in just one holiday.