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VENUE & TRAVEL
Phuket, which is approximately the size of Singapore, is Thailand’s largest
island. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges. It is
situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket
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.
One of the most popular tourist areas on Phuket is Patong Beach on the
central western coast, perhaps owing to the easy access to its wide and
long beach. Most of Phuket's nightlife and its cheap shopping is located in
Patong, and the area has become increasingly developed. Patong means
"the forest filled with banana leaves" in Thai. Other popular beaches are
located south of Patong. In a counterclockwise direction these include
Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Kata Noi Beach, and around the southern tip
of the island, Nai Harn Beach and Rawai. To the north of Patong are
Kamala Beach, Surin Beach and Bang Tao Beach. These areas are
generally much less developed than Patong, and sought out by individuals,
families and other groups with a preference for more relaxed and less
crowded environs than Patong.
There are many islands to the southeast, including Bon Island, just a short
boat trip away. There are several coral islands to the south of Phuket, the
Similan Islands lie to the north west, and Phi Phi Islands to the south east. Islanders engage in a lively tourist trade, catering to snorkellers and scuba divers.
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