Location, Climate: The largest island in Thailand is Phuket which is situated along the coastline of the Andaman Sea and stretches up to the edge of Phang Nga Province. Phuket is located near the equator giving it a normal climate and features two seasons. The dry season is from December to March while the wet season is from March to November. Brief History: Phuket was derived from different names including “Bukit” which means hill in Malay because the island looks like a hill from afar. But the first official name Monton Phuket was given to the island during the reign of Rama V. The Europeans sailed to Phuket during the 16th century to compete for trade. Events, Landmarks, Activities: Phuket is rich in culture and this is evident not only in its landmarks, but also its festivals. The most famous annual event in Phuket is the Vegetarian Festival which is held for nine days during months of September to October and features street processions, fire-walking, blade-walking, ceremonies and vegetarian diet. The most important landmark in Phuket are Thao Thep Kasattri and the Two Heroines Monument, which gives honor to Thao Sri Sunthon. The most popular beach in Phuket is Patong Beach which is known for its vibrant nightlife and shopping. Those who prefer a more peaceful environment should head down to Karon Beach instead. Transportation: The best way to explore Phuket is by taxi but make sure to choose the metered taxis. The tuk-tuks don't have a meter so they can rip you off. Driving a car is possible but a bit risky.