Ever wondered about the secret behind Phuket’s never-ending charm? Read this simple guide and find out what makes this resort town an alluring holiday destination.
Phuket was among the first few provinces in Thailand to have welcomed tourism with open arms. Enveloped by palm-fringed beaches, cultural sites and lush greenery, the island was soon gaining momentum among globe trotters. In fact, by 1980 Phuket was recognized as one of the most sought-after resort destinations in the world.
Choices of Accommodation
The availability of a wide range of accommodation options is undoubtedly the most alluring feature of this magnificent resort island. Whether you are looking for hostels, bungalows or luxury Phuket resorts the likes of plush Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, within proximity to the island’s attractions, the island is a one-stop destination to find a host of accommodation options that will suit your budget and preferences.
Trade and Exploration
Due to the strategic location of the island, Phuket has always been an indispensable trading port for an array of cultures including Arabs, Malays, Indians, Burmese and Chinese. Added to this the island was brimming with ample natural resources like tin and rubber that proved useful to the traders.
Tin and Rubber
During the 15th century, Phuket was one of the most popular Tin mining locations in the region. This was also one of the major causes behind the vast number of Chinese labourers’ arrival in Phuket during the 19th century. However, the industry is no longer faring well on the island and has been replaced with the rubber industry.