In southern Thailand, the term refers to a city, its region - the most touristy in the country - and its main island, 20 km long, connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge. On the Andaman Sea side, the province of Phuket is home to about ten heavenly islands and its vast mountainous island covered with tropical forest and bordered by fine sandy beaches and coconut palms. The city of Phuket, the capital of the region, romantic with its Sino-Portuguese architecture, aligns small craft shops and stands of fruit, vegetables, spices, fabrics, jewellery and exotic sculptures. The crystal-clear west coast is the kingdom of luxury and pleasure abounding in high-end seaside resorts, spas, massage parlours, restaurants, bars and discos. Patongthe most popular seaside resort among them, is a succession of bars and discos. At night, the whole neighborhood flashes and it's glitter, alcohol and more or less lascivious dances, territory of the wedding parties, the bar girls and the katoeys or ladyboys (transsexuals). What a contrast between this unbridled tourism and the lush and unspoilt nature of the rest of the island! In Phuket, you can practice scuba diving, parachuting, jet-skiing, golf, climbing, diving, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, surfing, canoeing, canoeing, 4x4 rides on a track, elephant rides, Thai boxing matches... Few sites offer such a wide range of leisure activities! Consult your tourist guide to learn more.