Phuket, Thailand's largest island, located in the southwestern Andaman Sea, has served as a commercial port for merchants between China and India for many years. This commercial port, which was used by Portuguese, Dutch, and French merchant ships since the 16th century, began to attract more visitors after the country's currency devaluation during the economic crisis in Asia at the end of the 1990s. Today, it is one of the most visited tropical islands in the world, with its economy based entirely on tourism.
The karst formations seen near the island of Phuket are similar to those in the Halong Bay region of Vietnam and the El Nido region of the Philippines. The limestone mountains rising above the sea, together with the green and blue sea, create a magnificent and fascinating geography. Sirinat National Park, which is also among the natural reserves of the Andaman Sea, is on the Unesco list and on the island of Phuket.
Daily tours, the James Bond Island tour, and the Phi Phi Island tour are tours that every tourist must attend. On daily tours, several islands can be visited by speedboats that depart from Phuket Port. One of these is Khao Thing Kan Island, also known as James Bond Island. This place, which became famous due to the 1974 James Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun', may be the most photographed spot in Thailand. Phi Phi Island also gained popularity with the movie The Beach. Patong Beach is one of the most touristy and crowded places on the island. Aside from tourists who prefer quieter places in Thailand, such as Arabi and Ko Chang, Phuket still has an increasing appeal due to the direct flights of many airlines.