Phuket, an island to the west of the Malaysian Peninsular in Thailand, is a lush setting with rainforests, waterfalls and secluded beaches. For corporate incentives and executive retreats, it's the ultimate getaway. Along with Penang Island in Malaysia, it's one of Asia's most stunning tropical resort settings.
Phuket is pronounced Poo-ket as PH does not produce an "f" sound in the Thai language. It's easy to get around, as Phuket is 48 kilometers long and 21 kilometers a its widest point.
From May – October, during green season (low season), it rains for short periods every day until the monsoons peek between September and October. Activities to enjoy include rafting, sailing, dragon boating, scuba diving, exploring the Phuket Aquarium, and a visit to the Thalang Museum to learn about the history of Thailand.
Humidity is low and the climate highly favorable during high season from December to March. Temperatures range from 75 - 89° F (24 - 32°C). Some of the best activities to enjoy during high season include snorkeling, diving, jungle safaris, elephant treks, and golf at 8 world-class courses. It's also the perfect time to enjoy Phuket's beaches. Groups can select from over 35 beaches. In addition to Patong Beach, Surin Beach, Karon Beach, Layan Beach, and Kata Noi Beach are highly recommended.
Places to Stay in Phuket
Phuket has a reputation as a destination for top luxury resorts with extensive spa facilities. Banyan Tree Hotel and Spa, an all-villa resort that is known for its beach, meeting facilities, and world renowned spa.
For more places to explore in Thailand, also consult Royal Residences to Explore in Bangkok and Pleasures and Palaces for Galas and Special Events. For help in planing your trip to Phuket, consult the Phuket, Thailand Event Planning Guide.
Photo Credit: The Surin, Phuket