Phuket (city)

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Coordinates: 7°53′17″N 98°23′51″E / 7.88806°N 98.39750°E / 7.88806; 98.39750

Phuket
เมืองภูเก็ต
City Municipality
Phuket Municipality
Phuket Viewpoint.jpg
Country Thailand
Province Phuket Province

Phuket (/pˈkɛt/ poo-KET; Thai: นครภูเก็ต,[1] Thai pronunciation: [pʰūː.kèt]) is a city located in the southeast of Phuket Island, Thailand. It is the capital of the Phuket Province, covering all of the island. As of 2007 the city has a population of 75,573 people. It covers the subdistricts (tambon) Talat Yai (Thai: ตลาดใหญ่) and Talat Nuea (Thai: ตลาดเหนือ) of Mueang Phuket district.

History[edit]

On February 13, 2004 the town was elevated to city status (thesaban nakhon, Thai: เทศบาลนคร).

Climate[edit]

Under the Köppen climate classification, Phuket features a tropical monsoon climate. Due to its proximity to the equator, in the course of the year, there is little variation in temperatures. The city has an average annual high of 32 °C (90 °F) and an annual low of 24 °C (75 °F). Phuket has a dry season that runs from December through March and a wet season that covers the other eight months. However, like many cities that feature a tropical monsoon climate, Phuket sees some precipitation even during its dry season. Phuket averages roughly 2,300 millimetres (91 in) of rain.


Climate data for Phuket (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35.5
(95.9)
36.2
(97.2)
37.5
(99.5)
36.8
(98.2)
36.0
(96.8)
35.0
(95)
34.0
(93.2)
34.5
(94.1)
33.3
(91.9)
33.9
(93)
33.4
(92.1)
33.5
(92.3)
37.5
(99.5)
Average high °C (°F) 31.8
(89.2)
32.9
(91.2)
33.5
(92.3)
33.4
(92.1)
32.0
(89.6)
31.6
(88.9)
31.2
(88.2)
31.2
(88.2)
30.7
(87.3)
30.9
(87.6)
31.0
(87.8)
31.2
(88.2)
31.8
(89.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 27.9
(82.2)
28.7
(83.7)
29.3
(84.7)
29.5
(85.1)
28.4
(83.1)
28.3
(82.9)
27.8
(82)
27.9
(82.2)
27.3
(81.1)
27.4
(81.3)
27.5
(81.5)
27.6
(81.7)
28.1
(82.6)
Average low °C (°F) 23.3
(73.9)
23.7
(74.7)
24.3
(75.7)
24.8
(76.6)
24.5
(76.1)
24.5
(76.1)
24.2
(75.6)
24.4
(75.9)
23.9
(75)
23.8
(74.8)
23.8
(74.8)
23.7
(74.7)
24.1
(75.4)
Record low °C (°F) 17.8
(64)
17.1
(62.8)
18.5
(65.3)
21.1
(70)
20.7
(69.3)
20.5
(68.9)
21.0
(69.8)
20.7
(69.3)
21.2
(70.2)
21.0
(69.8)
19.8
(67.6)
17.2
(63)
17.1
(62.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 29.8
(1.173)
20.9
(0.823)
49.1
(1.933)
121.9
(4.799)
319.4
(12.575)
268.9
(10.587)
290.5
(11.437)
272.6
(10.732)
399.0
(15.709)
309.6
(12.189)
175.7
(6.917)
59.4
(2.339)
2,316.8
(91.213)
Avg. rainy days 4 3 5 11 21 19 19 19 23 22 16 8 170
Mean monthly sunshine hours 286.2 271.5 282.3 247.9 188.5 139.5 172.6 174.1 143.2 179.8 197.1 244.3 2,527
Source #1: Thai Meteorological Department[2], Hong Kong Observatory [3]
Source #2: NOAA (sun, extremes)[4]

Culture[edit]

The major religion followed in Phuket, and all over Thailand, is Buddhism. The Buddhists temples in the city are attractive destinations for national and international tourists. Along the streets some Hindu temples depicting the statues of Lord Ganesha and Lord Brahma can also be seen. Phuket is also famous for its night life, fine dining and is a favorite destination with international travelers.

Karon View Point at Phuket

Transportation[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Phuket is twinned with:

Rank Sister Cities Country
1 Pekanbaru Indonesia Indonesia
2 Nice France France[5]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Or เมืองภูเก็ต
  2. ^ "30 year Average (1961-1990) - PHUKET". Thai Meteorological Department. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  3. ^ "Climatological Normals of Phuket". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  4. ^ "PHUKET INTL AIRPORT 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Villes jumelées avec la Ville de Nice" (in French). Ville de Nice. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 

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