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Thailand's largest island offers a wealth of picturesque beaches, dramatic karst scenery, and delicious local cuisine.

The island of Phuket, the country's largest island, comprises the majority of Phuket Province, along with another 32 smaller islands off its coast. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket Island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. It 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. Its attractions include a multitude of beaches and several cultural markers.
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