Located on the southern end of Thailand, Phuket is an island and a province and is 70 percent covered by mountains. At 576km2 Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, connected to the mainland by two bridges. The population currently stands at 600,000 people. The west side of Phuket has some of the more popular and nicer beaches, one of those being Patong beach. The east side has more of a mangrove area with nature parks, and viewpoints, while the south is rockier. Phuket’s main source of income is tourism with a massive 5.3 million tourists visiting each year. All of the beaches have some form of the nightlife Phuket has to offer and you must visit the famous Bangla road at least once. However, away from the nightlife, there are areas like Karon and Kata that still offer all the dining experiences and beaches, at a slower more relaxed pace.
Phuket is ranked in the top five areas in Thailand to live; it offers a beach lifestyle with all the comforts and services of home. The main part of the city and the busiest area is Patong. But if you want to stay somewhere a little quieter, but still with the luxury of a beautiful beach close by, then Karan and Kata beaches, located to the south of Patong are a popular choice amongst expats. Phuket offers a large variety of properties to suit all tastes. Whether you wish to stay somewhere private, on the beachfront or prefer condo living. The price range of properties on Phuket tends to vary and you are likely to find what you want and within your price range.
Low price properties can be found close to places such as Phuket Town, Thalang, and Kathu. Where you will find a large selection of Thai terraced houses and condos that fit into the affordable price level
There are currently around 100,000 expats from all over the world, residing in Phuket. The island is ranked one of the highest, for the number of expats in Thailand. If you are looking for a more authentic Thai city experience there is Phuket town, although it’s a little further from the beaches (20-minute drive) the cost of living is lower when compared to the popular tourist areas such as Patong. Kathu, located in the middle of the island, is home to many expats as they enjoy the lower living costs and the smaller number of tourists in the area. Phuket has a massive variety of foods and is well known for its delicious cuisine; the food is said to be spicier than other regions of Thailand. Although Phuket is known for its higher prices compared to other areas, it all depends on the individual’s standard of living. There are currently many new high-quality schools for younger families of all nationalities at very competitive prices
There are several different visa options available for Thailand and the country can be entered on a 30-day visa exemption that you can renew for another 30 days before having to obtain another re-entry permit, or you can obtain the correct tourist visa from your home country. If you are looking for a longer stay visa there are also many options available that are usually applied for in your home country. There are two immigration offices on Phuket island, one located on the east coast of the island and the other located on the west side of the island.
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