Lying off the northwest Andaman coast 700km south of Bangkok and 150 kilometres from the Malaysian border, Phuket is roughly the same size as Singapore. Many have remarked on the similarity Phuket has, when viewed on a map, to a pearl drop. For this reason, amongst others, the island has been dubbed “The Pearl of the South.” It’s connected to the province of Phang Nga by two northern bridges. Most tourists arrive by air, but there are excellent road connections to Bangkok and surrounding provinces to Phuket that are well worth visiting.