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Phuket beckons tourists

Updated : 2019-07-19 20:30:27

A mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, Phuket has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mainly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The southernmost island of Thailand, Phuket produces rubber, palm oil and tin. But it is also a tourist hub that attracts visitors from across the globe. The island is home to numerous high-end seaside resorts, spas, sleazy joints, bars and restaurants, though many of the natives still have poor living conditions.

The famous Patong beach remains popular for water sport and has recovered from the devastation caused by the 2004 Tsunami. Tourists can take a day trip to see the islands and visit nearby fishing villages. There are also caves that can be explored for a price. One can also tour Khao Phing Kan or James Bond island, where the Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun' was filmed.

The Andaman Sea.
The Andaman Sea.
Phuket beaches are famous for water sport.
Phuket beaches are famous for water sport.
Khao Phing Kan, also known as James Bond Island.
Khao Phing Kan, also known as James Bond Island.
Bars have women dancing on the tables to attract-crowd.
Bars have women dancing on the tables to attract-crowd.
Waitresses at an open bar.
Waitresses at an open bar.
The Patong beach where Tsunami killed hundreds of foreigners and locals in 2004.
The Patong beach where Tsunami killed hundreds of foreigners and locals in 2004.
Posing with tigers and their cubs is a tourist attraction here.
Posing with tigers and their cubs is a tourist attraction here.
A Muslim fisherman is fixing his boat.
A Muslim fisherman is fixing his boat.
Elephant ride is a popular tourist activity.
Elephant ride is a popular tourist activity.
A Saudi woman is enjoying with her children on Patong beach.
A Saudi woman is enjoying with her children on Patong beach.
The roads on the slopes of Phuket are well maintained.
The roads on the slopes of Phuket are well maintained.
Paddling to the caves on Hong Island in Phuket's Krabi district.
Paddling to the caves on Hong Island in Phuket's Krabi district.
There's always something to see and do in Phuket.
There's always something to see and do in Phuket.
People sunbathe and relax on the beach.
People sunbathe and relax on the beach.
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