Is Phuket An Island? And Other Fun Facts To Know About Phuket, Thailand

by Mama Loves Phuket

Is Phuket An Island?

Yes, it is! In fact, it’s the biggest island in Thailand, located in the Andaman Sea on the southwestern coast of the country.

How Big is Phuket?

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and covers an area of approximately 543 square kilometres (or 209 square miles). The island is roughly 21 kilometres wide and 48 kilometres long, with a coastline stretching about 70 kilometres.

What is the Population of Phuket?

The population of Phuket is around 400,000 people, making it one of the most densely populated provinces in Thailand. Despite its relatively small size, Phuket is a popular tourist destination and attracts millions of visitors each year who enjoy its beautiful beaches, cultural attractions, and vibrant nightlife.

Can You Drive to Phuket?

Yes, you can get to Phuket in Thailand by road. The most popular way to reach Phuket from mainland Thailand is via the Sarasin Bridge. The bridge connects Phuket to the mainland province of Phang Nga, and from there, visitors can drive to other destinations in southern Thailand.

sarasin bridge connects phuket to mainland thailand

Where Is Phuket Situated?

Phuket is located in southern Thailand.

How do you get from Bangkok to Phuket?

The distance between Bangkok and Phuket is approximately 862 kilometres (or 536 miles) by road and about 840 kilometres (or 522 miles) by air. The fastest and most convenient way to travel between Bangkok and Phuket is by air, with multiple flights departing from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport to Phuket International Airport daily. Flight time is around 1.5 hours.

Buses and trains are also available for those who prefer to travel by land, but the journey can take up to 12 hours or more, depending on the mode of transport and route taken.

You can learn more about travelling from Bangkok to Phuket here

Is Phuket Closer to Kuala Lumpa or Bangkok

Phuket is located in southern Thailand, while Kuala Lumpur is in Malaysia. The distance between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur is approximately 630 kilometres (or 391 miles) by air. This is shorter than the distance between Bangkok and Phuket, which is approximately 840 kilometres (or 522 miles) by air.

Therefore, Phuket is actually closer to Kuala Lumpur than it is to Bangkok in terms of air distance. Multiple flights are available daily from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Phuket International Airport, with a flight time of around 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the airline and flight schedule.

Is Phuket A State in Thailand?

Thailand is one of 76 provinces in Thailand.

map of where to find phuket in southern thailand and the 76 provinces of thailand shown with phuket enlarged

What is the Predominant Religion In Phuket?

Thailand is a Buddhist country, and this is reflected in the native population of Thailand. Whilst there are small clusters of Christianity and Muslims, all religions are respected in Phuket.

You can learn more about religion and how to show religious respect in Phuket here.

How Many Tourists Visit Phuket Annually?

Phuket saw 9.2 million tourist arrivals from January to December in 2022, with Thai tourists accounting for 53.6% and foreign tourists making up the remainder(1).

Borders only fully re-opened in Thailand in October 2023, significantly impacting tourism numbers since 2020.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is targeting growth in tourism to 12 million visitors to Phuket in 2023.

How Much Does Tourism Make in Phuket?

Pre-pandemic tourism was said to contribute 400 Million THB to the local economy.

What is the Currency in Phuket?

Like the rest of Thailand, the local currency is Thai Baht – you can learn more about Thai currency and how to pay for things in Phuket here.

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