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Globetrotter Travel Map: Phuket & Southern Thailand
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This travel map centres on Phuket, Thailand's largest island and world famous beach destination, but is based upon a map of the whole of Southern Thailand which is covered at a scale of 1:1,200,000. All major travel routes are illustrated and national parks are clearly marked with an indication given to topography. In addition to the map of Phuket which is at the scale of 1: 140,000, there are also maps of Ko Phi Phi and Krabi at the same scale. Street plans of Bangtao-Pansea-Kamala beaches, Kata-Karon beaches, Phuket, Krabi and Ranong are provided with key buildings and places of interest pinpointed as well as where to stay. Distance and climate charts are useful additions when planning journeys both before arriving in Thailand and during ones stay and all ferry routes to and from the island are clearly indicated. Additionally, some holiday information and language tips relating totravel are given along with a few photos of the area.

The map of Phuket shows all the main roads and most of the minor ones too, allowing one to navigate around the backwaters of the island with ease. I have used this map whilst touring around the island by motorcycle and it was adequate, although at times I had to use my intuition. All the minor islands and beaches are mapped, giving the user an insight into how many untouristed areas there are on Phuket, and many of these are worth visiting; it is surprisingly easy to get away from the crowds and find some places where birds can be found.

Overall, this map is ideal for people spending most of their time on or around Phuket and for those travelling around southern Thailand by public transport. For those exploring with their own vehicle this map will be perfectly suitable when on Phuket, but a more detailed map would be preferable for the rest of the country. 
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