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Phuket  of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country’s largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket Island is connected by bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The next nearest province is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay.

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Phuket Province has an area of 576 square kilometres (222 sq mi), somewhat less than that of Singapore and is the second-smallest province of Thailand. It formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoys a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism.


Economy in Phuket

Tin mining was a major source of income for the island from the 16th century until petering out in the 20th century. In modern times, Phuket’s economy has rested on two pillars: rubber tree plantations (making Thailand the biggest producer of rubber in the world) and tourism.

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Since the 1980s, the sandy beaches on the west coast of the island have been developed as tourist destinations, with Patong, Karon, and Kata being the most popular.

Since the 2004 tsunami, all damaged buildings and attractions have been restored. Phuket is being intensely developed, with many new hotels, apartments, and houses under construction. A total of 5,080 additional hotel rooms are expected to be completed by 2015.

In July 2005, Phuket was voted one of the world’s top 5 retirement destinations by Fortune Magazine. There are thousands of expatriates living on Phuket, many of them retirees.

Phuket Airport

Thailand is ranked 33 with an Economic Complexity Index (ECI) of 0.884297

Top 5 Products exported by Thailand

  1. Computers (8.8%),
  2. Rubber (4.2%),
  3. Delivery Trucks (3.5%),
  4. Refined Petroleum (3.3%),
  5. Gold (3.0%)

Top 5 Export destinations of Thailand

  1. China (14%),
  2. Japan (10%),
  3. United States (9.7%),
  4. Indonesia (5.2%),
  5. Malaysia (5.0%)

Top 5 Products imported by Thailand

  1. Gold (5.6%),
  2. Crude Petroleum (4.5%),
  3. Vehicle Parts (4.2%),
  4. Petroleum Gas(2.6%),
  5. Computers (2.3%)

Top 5 Import origins of Thailand

  1. Japan (22%),
  2. China (18%),
  3. Malaysia (6.3%),
  4. United States (5.3%),
  5. South Korea (4.5%)
Tourism in Phuket

Phuket  is Thailand’s largest island. It is 48 km in length, 21 km at its widest, and is in Southern Thailand, on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga province by a pair of short but substantial road bridges.

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Phuket is hot and humid throughout the year. The hot season is generally considered to be from Mar to early May. During the summer monsoon season from May-Oct, mornings and afternoons are sunny and clear.

Phuket Beaches

Locals consider Nov-Feb the “cool” season, and the weather is quite tolerable. It’s comparable to Florida’s summer weather in temperature and intensity of rain storms: 25-33 degrees Celsius, scudding clouds, short and thunderous rainfalls in the afternoons and evenings. Surfing is possible off the western beaches.

To See
  • Phuket is known the world over for its beaches. There is a wide variety of beaches, some calm, some totally ruined by millions of visitors each year.
  • But you can explore the interior of Phuket, a fertile hilly expanse that consists of mangrove forests, fishing villages, rubber and pineapple plantations, small Muslim communities and shrimp farms.
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