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Phuket Island attractions & things to do

Phuket old Town
Phuket Town Nightlife
Vegetarian Festival
The capital of Phuket Island is the main City on the East Coast
New Phuket data in 2017 according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) 13.4 million visitors came last year (2016) to the island up from 13.2 million in 2015.

Of last year's figures, 9.64 million came from overseas and 3.76 million were domestic tourists. Local and foreign tourists together generated an income of 340 billion baht.

The top 10 countries from which most tourists came were China, Russia, Australia, Germany, Britain, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, France, and Sweden respectively. The forecasts are 13.8 million arrivals for 2017 with revenues of about 363 billion baht. For the first six months of 2017, Phuket had held 13 sports and recreation events that drew many foreigners another 19 events are planned for this year including the Phuket King's Cup Regatta.

About 6000 hotel rooms are expected to come into operation until 2020.

Phuket has always been a seat of power and during the British colonial rule a major portion of the west-east trade through the British East India Company, Chinese traders, Portuguese trading houses etc. went through Phuket known as Junk Ceylon at that time.

Today the tourist's rules and the island itself get a bit overcrowded, but not of tourists, since around 7 years (today 2016) most people come from the north of the country for sure not to retire in Phuket Patong. They are in search for a job and other things to do. Now the population is about 1.2 Million from where natives are 200.000, about the same tourists/foreigners and the rest from other provinces and crime rate is just normal. But there are many persons from elsewhere in the country to come to the island for a quick hit and run.

Chinese and Russians 

The Chinese and Russian invasion brought plenty of tourists to Phuket Island but not much revenue since they buy only cheap stuff and for Thai people a tourist is only a good one when he/she creates a lot turnover via consuming, vodka replaces whiskey.

Where to stay in Phuket?

There are a few basic parameters to consider, this has something to do with the east or west side of the island. Because everyone coming for a holiday has beaches in mind it is clear that the best waterfronts are for sure on the west-side of the island. If you want to stay close to a waterfront and go swimming in the Andaman Sea it needs a deeper water level which is only available on the Phuket west side because at the east is mainly shallow sea level having only enough depth for swimming during high tide. 

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About Phuket History

Phuket Photos
The affair of the island with foreigners started quite long ago. Already Ptolemy mentioned that on travel to the Malaysian peninsula, one would have to pass a cape which he called the Junk Ceylon. A location between the latitudes of 6 N and 8 N was indicated for Junk Ceylon which is more or less the position of the present day. It seems that the island was a popular restocking harbor by ships from Europe, Arab and Indian countries plus Chinese. The area around offered protection against storms and the possible opportunity to rest and restock. The island becomes later known as Thalang after the city which still exists in the center of the Island.

The Mon in southern Myanmar (Burma) 
was also known as Thalangs. There are plenty of interesting connections between this two countries. Another important event was in 1785 when troops from neighboring Burma tried to  invade the island. The former governor’s widow, Chan, and her sister Muk organized the defense, the assault lasted nearly a month. Another important part in history was the "Tin Age".
  1. travel to Phuket from Australia
  2. Phuket fruits
  3. Chinese Style Houses in old town
  4. sunrise at Chalong Bay
  5. Phuket Orchids
  6. Phuket Orchids 1
  7. Kata Karon Beach
  8. Phuket fun at night
  9. Chinese Style Houses
  10. Phuket beach resorts
  11. Andaman Sea Beach
  12. Phuket Night Market

Beaches adventure & nightlife.

Famous for beaches and an unrestrained life here is the nightlife center of the Andaman Sea Basin 
Phuket Kings Cup Regatta
Phuket Sailing Photos
The sailing event was first held to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, now in 2017, it is Asia’s most famous sailing and yachting regatta event in every year.

The sailing event takes place every year in the first week of December to commemorate His Majesty’s birthday on the 5th. Monohulls, Catamarans, and trimarans from Asia, Australia, Europe and other countries come to find the best in categories such as sailboat and catamaran racing and cruising.

Off the coast of Kata Beach battles can be seen between the different competitors and mast get broken from time to time because of that. About 2,500 participants from 30 countries come to the island to show respect to the King of Thailand on his birthday from Dec 2-6 which means four days boat racing where the first day is reserved for practice day. Starts is 7 am at Kata Beach and many local companies support the event by commercial activities.
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