huket (also known as Thalang), is one of the southern provinces of Thailand. Its neighboring provinces are Phang Nga and Krabi, but being an island, it has no land boundaries. The island is linked to mainland Thailand with the help of two bridges. It is located on the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. The island derived its wealth from rubber and tin and enjoys a rich, colorful story. In historic times, it was on the major trading routes between China and India and now the region derives most its income from tourism.
Phuket is a melting pot of indigenous Thais, Thai-Chinese, ethnic Malays and even sea gypsies. The majority of the population in the rural areas is Muslim. Outside of the provincial town, the rural folk speak with a thick Southern dialect which is difficult for even other Thais to understand. The provincial town’s economy having boomed over the past decade has led to a lot of the youngsters leading similar lives to those in Bangkok. Altogether, the lifestyle of the urban Sino-Thais in Phuket resembles that of their counterparts in Bangkok.
Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate. As it is situated quite close to the equator, there is very little variation in temperatures. The dry season in the city runs from December through May and the wet season covers pretty much all of the other six months.