The Thailand province of Phuket is the most popular tourist destination in Asia for its many natural wonders, including 17 sandy beaches. The most popular among these beaches is no doubt Patong Beach for its diving spots, well-developed beach, and exotic nightlife.
Phuket is almost the size of Singapore, making it Thailand’s largest Island. It used to be part of the mainland but has since eroded into the Andaman Sea, and so, today, the island is connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge, which was built in 1967. The island had long benefitted from tin mining and marine products, but since the Phuket International Airport opened in 1976, tourism is clearly what has kept the island economy afloat until today. In 2002, the Thai government invested 72 billion baht in developing the island’s tourism, but Phuket gained much attention and respect from all the nations in the world after it efficiently recovered in just one year from the devastating tsunami in 2004. [Read more…]