Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Picturesque Phuket (Thailand)

With its amazing beaches and picture-perfect landscape, Phuket or ‘Pook-get’ as pronounced locally is more famous as a tourist destination of Thailand than its famous capital, Bangkok.

Lying to the south, Phuket is an island as well as a province of Thailand. With its mountains and lush green forests, the state has a wide variety of offerings for various types of visitors.

Destroyed to quite an extent during the 2004 Tsunami, the island has gotten back to its feet and has seen its economy booming. Apart from tourism, its traditional business has been tin-mining, which from 16 century till recently, was done by Chinese businessmen and workers and whose involvement can been seen Phuket’s culture and architecture.

Among the main tourist places at the island is Patong Beach on central western coast. Most of island’s nightlife and shopping centres are also located in Patong, making it as the most developed areas. Other beaches are located to the south of Patong Beach. Some of these are Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Kata Noi Beach and Bang Tao Beach.

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