Monday, May 28, 2007

Where is Phuket

Capital: Phuket city
Area: 543.0 km² Ranked 75th
Inhabitants: 287,587 (2004) Ranked 68th
Pop. density: 529.63 inh./km² Ranked 6th
ISO 3166-2: TH-83
Governor: Niran Kanlayanamit (since November 2006)

Phuket (Thai: ภูเก็ต; formerly known as Tha-Laang or Talang) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from north clockwise) Phang Nga and Krabi, but as Phuket is an island there are no land boundaries. The island is served by Phuket International Airport, located in the north of the island. The ph of "Phuket" is an aspirated "p", so the name is pronounced (roughly) "Poock-get". The name Phuket is apparently derived from the word bukit in Malay which means mountain or hill, as this is what the island appears like from a distance.

Before that its old name was Ta-lang (in Thai): The word is derived from the old Malay "Telong" which means "Cape", which is still in use for one of the main districts in the Phuket area.

Map of Phuket:
Phuket Map

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