Because of the proximity of Phuket to Malaysia, there is a greater percentage of Muslims on the island than in central or northern Thailand. 35% of Phuket’s population is Muslim, compared to about 5% nationwide. Buddhism, however, is the main religion on Phuket although there are a higher number of mosques than Buddhist wats or temples on the island: Some 38 to 37, respectively. Visitors are encouraged to dress politely when viewing holy places in Thailand. Despite the heat, arms and – whenever possible – legs should be covered. Shoes must be removed when entering temples.