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Destination : PHUKET, Thailand

Thailand’s largest island Phuket is located at the southern most part of the country, has no land boundaries, and is connected to the mainland Thailand only by two bridges.  But it is a favorite tourist destination of the country and has the most beautiful beaches in the world. It derives its name from the Malay word bukit which means ‘hill’, the islands topography has lots of it.

The island is formerly called Thalang which means ‘cape’ in Malay, was a major trading routes of India and China. In ancient times, Thalang’s industry was mainly tin and rubber.  The now Phuket’s main industry is tourism.

The early history of Phuket saw Dutch, English and French traders set their sails to the island where rich sources of tin can be found.  Upon learning of European becoming rich from the natural resources they get from Thalang or Phuket, the king of Siam King Narai ordered to lessen the influence from the Europeans by instilling a governor and tried to operate the tin business in favor of the Siamese.

Slowly, the Europeans cut off their ties with Thalang, and saw the downfall of the island. In recent years, tourism became the island’s main industry and tourism boom hit Phuket and the island is back on the business field.

Phuket also saw and became a victim of the deadly tsunami that hit most of the South East Asian nation in 2004.  It was reported that 250 tourists were killed by the nature’s wrath in Phuket mostly foreign tourists.  Most of the major beaches especially Patong, Karon, Kamala and Kata were the most affected areas in Phuket.

But life and business returned slowly in Phuket until they became normal again a year after the deadly tsunami destroyed the island and tourist came back and enjoy the beaches once more.

Here are some tourist attractions you can find in the beautiful island of Phuket.

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