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ABOUT KOH PHUKET Koh Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, approximately the size of

Singapore. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by a bridge. It is situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. The region has an area of approximately 570 sq. km. and is made up of one large and 39 small islands. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China and was frequently mentioned in foreign trader’s ship logs. Now, derives much of its income from tourism. Discover a yesterday culture and scenic part of Phuket town, forming "Old Phuket" with its beautiful antique Sino-Portuguese buildings. The beginning of the tin boom during the 19th century led to construction of many fine old mansions and shops, still well preserved. We will take you to walk through the colorful market. Lunch at a local restaurant and then proceed to Wat Chalong, one of the biggest and most known temples on the island, enshrining the gilt statues of two monks heroes and herbal doctors "Luang Poa Chaem" and his assistant "Luang Poa Chuang", both much revered by local people because of their courageous in quelling the miner rebellion in 1876.

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Koh Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, located in the Andaman Sea, off southern Thailand. Its climate is warm all year round (about 32C, 90F) with a dry season (November thru April) and one rainy season (May thru October).

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H IS T O RY OF P HU KE T Promthep Cape The great viewpoint at the southern most tip of the island where you can absorb the scenery sunset with a breathtaking panorama of its nice surroundings.

Hat Patong Hat Patong is Phuket's most developed beach offering numerous leisure, sporting, shopping and recreational options along its three kilometers long crescent bay. Windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing, swimming and sunbathing number among the many popular daytime activities. Patong is equally well known for its vibrant nightlife, among which seafood restaurants feature prominently.

Sino-Portuguese Architecture Thalang Road is one of very important roads representing the architecture about Phuket's history and its unique style in living through the buildings. This is the ‘Sino-Portuguese Architecture Style’. These buildings have been carefully designed and well decorated and visitors can admire their valuable heritage along Thalang Road. Both governmental and private organizations realize and agree to maintain these buildings for the next generations.

Heroines Monument The Heroines Monument was erected in the middle of the city, opposite Thalang National Museum on Highway 402. After the Burmese sacked Ayutthaya, then the capital of Siam, in 1767, King Taksin drove out the Burmese and reunified the country. The Burmese were bad losers, and outfitted a fleet to attack the southern provinces and carry off the populations to slavery in Burma. The Monument honors Kunying Jan and her sister Mook who were credited with the organizing the successful defense of Phuket Island against the Burmese invaders. This became Phuket's most unforgettable historic event. The two sisters who saved the island from Burmese invaders are legendary.

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To acknowledge their bravery and leadership, King Rama I conferred on Kunying Jan the honorific appellation Thao Thep Kasatri—a title of nobility usually reserved for royalty—and to her sister Thao Sri Suntorn.

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DI VI NG IN T HE ANDAM AN SE A The Best Dive Sites in the Andaman Sea Dives can range from a try dive on the local reef, to a 3/4 day live aboard safari to Similan and Surin Islands, and the world famous Richelieu Rock where you could see Mantas and Whale sharks. You will not be disappointed.

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PADI Bubblemaker PADI Discover SCUBA Diving Program PADI SCUBA Diver Program PADI Open Water Certification PADI Adventure Diver PADI Advanced Diver Program

The waters surrounding Phuket offer some of the best diving in Thailand.! There are many diving locations that offer a variety of conditions suitable for the beginner as well as the advanced diver. Depth ranges from six to 30 meters and the terrain varies from shallow coral gardens to vertical walls. Sea life is plentiful with lion fish and moray eels common sights. Visibility ranges from 10 to 15 meters directly around Phuket, to 20 to 30 meters around the outer-lying islands, with the water temperature a! very pleasant 28C to 30C.

Our instructors and divemasters are all PADI qualified.

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Dive Sites For Dive Sites Trips in Phuket Phuket offers many dive trips with well preserved dive sites including fringing hard coral reefs, soft coral covered pinnacles, wrecks, mini-walls, and caverns. In addition to the abundance of corals and anemones, you may find yourself playing amidst a school of Tuna, Rainbow Runner, or Barracuda. For the lucky ones on dive trips, there is also the chance to see Leopard Shark, Black Tip Reef Shark, Whale Shark, and Sting Ray.

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DI VI NG IN T HE ANDAM AN SE A Koh Racha Yai To the south of Phuket lies the most visited dive site location. There are several reasons for the popularity of dive trips here including accessibility to the dive sites, calm conditions, and beautiful vistas both under the surface of the water and above. Although Racha Yai is perfect for intro dives, refreshers, and training courses, there is also much marine life for more experienced divers to enjoy over several varying dive sites.

Koh Racha Noi Another hour to the south of Racha Yai Island and Phuket lies Koh Racha Noi, where the excitement levels rise. Often likened to the Similan Islands, a dive trip here is more advanced than a dive trip at its sister island as Racha Noi has submerged pinnacles, current washed boulder sites, soft corals, and the chance of larger pelagic fish. For the less experienced, however, there are also gentle sloping coral reefs and white sandy bays ideal for training.

Koh Phi Phi Phi Phi Island (P pronounced like in Peter and not Philip), one of the world's most beautiful tourist destinations. It is composed of two rocky, tree-covered islets. You will see long white powdery beaches in Phi Phi Don where you can swim and sunbathe here. You will also visit Phi Phi Le (Maya bay) where thousands of swifts nest inside the Viking Cave. With its emerald crystal sea, secluded beaches, wooded cliffed mountains, colorful coral reefs and undersea life, Phi Phi is a paradise in the Andaman.

Koh Phi Phi Don Among the isles of Phi Phi, Phi Phi Don, the largest of the two, which lies in the north, is well known for its fine beaches and the wonderful coral formations located around it. There is a reasonable assortment of accommodation (not over developed) which keeps it nice and many tourists return year after year. The main cured bays of Ton Sai Bay and Lo Dalam Bay are in the south and are really spectacular, offering good facilities. The other beaches are located at the northern end of the island.

Koh Phi Phi Leh Phi Phi Leh is situated almost 2 km to the south of its big sister. In contrast to Phi Phi Don, this isle is uninhabited, not only because of the law, but also because there are few beaches able to support hotels. The island's cliffs descend almost vertically into the sea on all sides. There are a couple of really fantastic coves. Au Maya and Au Lo Sama are the most scenic coves on the island offering a great place to go snorkeling. The sea around Phi Phi Leh is relatively deep, especially the southern part, where it can be over 30 meters deep, making it a popular diving spot to see the beautiful corals. The Phi Phi islands appeared on many Hollywood movies, including ‘The Beach’ featuring Leonardo Di Caprio.

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DI VI NG IN T HE ANDAM AN SE A Shark Point Shark Point is a small rocky outcrop to the east of Phuket. It is one of the most popular dive sites around Phuket made famous by it's resident leopard sharks and moray eels. Shark Point is made up of coral pinnacles coming from a sandy bottom of 18 meters, to within 3 to 4 meters of the surface. These corals are covered with soft corals, and are home to a multitude of tropical marine life.

Anemone Reef The dive site lies only a short distance from Shark Point. When you descend beneath the surface you will soon see how this dive site got its name. There are thousands of sea anemone covering this coral pinnacle that rises from a depth of 25 meters to 4 meters from the surface. Leopard sharks are also a feature of this dive.

Tarutao National Marine Park History

The History of the Tarutao Marine Park goes back to 1939 when a prison was constructed on Tarutao Island. During the Second World War, due to lack of supplies, both prisoners and guards became a much feared group of pirates. After the war the British Naval Troops restored order and the Corrections Department closed down the prison. Villagers from nearby provinces settled on Tarutao Island to cultivate rice, fruit and rubber. In 1972 the National Park was declared, and most settlers where relocated. Sea gypsies where the original inhabitants of the waters in the Andaman Sea, moving from beach to beach depending on season and the availability of food. Today most Sea Gypsies have permanently settled down, and a small Group lives on Koh Lipe.

Similan Islands, The best Place to Learn Diving The Similan are an island group in the Andaman Sea along the Phang Nga Province coast that lies in southern Thailand. These islands lie at about 84 kilometers northwest of Phuket. The Similan islands are very popular owing to their aqua blue clear waters and other tourist attractions. Some of the best coral growths of the world can be easily found here.

Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Conservation Development and Extension Centre The center’s objective is to conserve wildlife within the Khao Phra Thaeo wildlife park. The park is full of virgin forest and actively conserves a number of wild animals, which would, otherwise, be extinct in Phuket. It is a center for the study of the environment and the forest vegetation is particular. Giant trees supported by huge buttresses are thick with creepers and climbers of every description. Edited by

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Discoverer—takes you to Koh Phuket  

The beautiful island of Phuket in the South Andaman Sea of Thailand--by Parichart Thongparkdee Abrantes.

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