Land on the sand and have fun
in the sun.The largest island in Thailand, now joined to the
mainland by two causeways, Phuket (pronunced 'poo-ket') forms
a separate province. Once reliant on tin mining, the island
has developed a thriving tourism industry.
to the ancient Greeks, Phuket was fought over by the Siamese
and Burmese, and became a trade outpost for the Dutch and
other colonial powers in the 17th century.
famous 9 day Chinese Vegetarian Festival celebrated annually
during October indicates the deep roots that the Chinese culture
has in Phuket.
Two seasons, rainy and dry, prevail in the Phuket, which is
located in the Andaman Sea surrounded by dozens of smaller
percent of the island's population are Chinese descendants.
Today, the Chinese are responsible for much of the trade and
commerce in the city.
cashew, and pineapple plantations contribute to the island's
economy, but since the 1970's it is tourism that has made
Phuket the richest province in the south of Thailand.
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