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
นครศรีธรรมราช
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 25 °C (77 °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 2,200 millimetres (87 in) of rain.

Climate data for Phuket (Mueang Phuket District) (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32.7
(90.9)
33.6
(92.5)
34.0
(93.2)
33.9
(93)
32.8
(91)
32.4
(90.3)
32.0
(89.6)
32.0
(89.6)
31.5
(88.7)
31.5
(88.7)
31.7
(89.1)
31.7
(89.1)
32.48
(90.48)
Average low °C (°F) 24.5
(76.1)
24.9
(76.8)
25.4
(77.7)
25.8
(78.4)
25.6
(78.1)
25.5
(77.9)
25.1
(77.2)
25.3
(77.5)
24.6
(76.3)
24.5
(76.1)
24.7
(76.5)
24.4
(75.9)
25.02
(77.04)
Rainfall mm (inches) 30.3
(1.193)
23.9
(0.941)
73.5
(2.894)
142.9
(5.626)
259.5
(10.217)
213.3
(8.398)
258.2
(10.165)
286.8
(11.291)
361.2
(14.22)
320.1
(12.602)
177.4
(6.984)
72.4
(2.85)
2,219.5
(87.381)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 1 mm) 4 3 5 11 21 19 19 19 23 22 16 8 170
 % humidity 70 69 71 75 79 79 79 79 82 82 79 75 76.6
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: Thai Meteorological Department (Normal 1981-2010), (Avg. rainy days 1961-1990)

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]

Public transportation[edit]

There is a small public bus network in and around Phuket, serving most neighbourhouds with Phuket Town from 6 AM to 6 PM with 30 minute interval. These blue and pink buses are called ' Songtaew' (two rows) due to the to two rows of seats in the back of the buses, some of them converted from a truck to bus. Fare is around 30 to 40 baht for blue buses (commercial) and 10 baht for pink buses (governmebtal). Tickets are sold by conductor. There are no bus stops, people can board every on safe spots. Tuktuk companies prevent more lines.

  • Blue line 1814: Phuket town - Kathu - Patong Beach (southbound on Rath-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, northbound on Thaweewong Road)
  • Blue line: Phuket town - Hayeak - Rawai -Naiharn
  • Blue line: Phuket town - Panwa (Aquarium)
  • Blue line 8359: Phuket town - Kata - Karon
  • Pink line 1: Phuket town only
  • Pink line 2: Phuket town only
  • Pink line 3: Phuket town only

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Phuket is twinned with:

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

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Or เมืองภูเก็ต
  2. ^ "Villes jumelées avec la Ville de Nice" (in French). Ville de Nice. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 

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