Geography of Region – Term Paper Example

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Geography of Region Phuket Location Phuket, most populated and largest island of Thailand (alsoknown as The Land of Smiles) is situated approximately Eight hundred and twenty kilometers on the Southern side of Bangkok. Previously, it was known as Thalang. This island is not bounded by land from anywhere. However, its neighboring areas are Krabi and Phang Nga. The size of Phuket Island is as big as the size of whole of Singapore. It is located in southern Thailand in Andaman Sea (also known as Burma Sea) on the western coast of Thailand.

Many small islands surround the Phuket Island which increases the land area of the island to a further seventy kilometers. Phuket is alienated from mainland Thailand in the northern most part by Chong Pak Phra Chanel; there is a land bridge is situated which is a source of connection between the mainland Thailand and Phuket Island. Strategically, Phuket Island deems great importance as its airfield and sea harbor is halfway between Singapore and Rangoon (Stripp, 1989). Due to its location, it is best suited for any future re-takeover of Malaya by the British.

The location of Phuket Island, somewhat between Asia, Africa and Austrailia, makes it an ideal place for tourism, sea-food delicacies and water sports as well. On the Southern coast of Andaman Island, it is the quieter half of the seas. Due to its location, it is crowded almost all around the year. The warm waters of Andaman Sea are part of the Indian Ocean, which is located south of Burma, hence the name Burma Sea, is in the western side of Thailand. It is on the southeastern side of the Bay of Bengal and serves as a significant site for coral reefs and tourism.

( Murthy, 2007) Place The island is mostly covered by mountains and is surrounded by various mountain ranges. Approximately seventy percent of the island has mountains. A mountain range runs from north to south in the west of the island. Phuket mountain range is formed at the south of the island; this rande is approximately four hundred and forty kilometers (two hundred and seventy miles) from Kra Isthmus. The highest point of the island is known as Twelve Canes (Mai Thao Sip) which is about one thousand, seven hundred and thirty six feet (five hundred and twenty nine meters) well above sea level.

The whole area of Phuket is very hilly in nature. Only a few of the peaks are above the height of five hundred meters; the highest peak is about five hundred and twenty nine meters of Mai Tao Sipsong. Most of the peaks are covered by lush green trees.

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Stripp, Alan. Codebreaker in the Far East. London, England: F. Cass, 1989. Print.

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Skolnick, Adam, and Austin Bush. Phuket. Footscray, Victoria: Lonely Planet, 2010. Print.

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Murthy, R V. R. Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A Geo-Political and Strategic Perspective. New Delhi: Northern Book Centre, 2007. Print.

Burke, Andrew. Thailands Islands & Beaches. Footscray, Vic: Lonely Planet, 2008. Print.

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