The discovery of tin brought a huge influx of Chinese migrant workers and they changed the face of the island forever. The capital was moved from Thalang to Phuket Town and saw a rise in Sino-Portuguese buildings rivalling those from Melacca, Penang and Singapore. From the 1980’s Phuket appeared on the world tourist map and saw an increase of direct flights from all over the world.
Today Phuket has regained its status of a tropical paradise where one never gets bored. Even during the monsoon period, which lasts from May till October, there are plenty of things to do. Sunbathers obviously find their spot on one of the white sandy beaches while the thrill-seekers will go bungee jumping, fly through the jungles on ziplines, go on a jungle hike, improve their driving skills on the go-cart circuit or go to one of the many shooting ranges.
Shopping-addicts will find their thing in the huge malls in Patong and Phuket Town or on one of the charming local markets and if you are hungry, Phuket offers you a variety of food from all over the world. If you don’t want to stay in your resort or friendly guest-house you can participate in one of the many excursions to local islands, jungle hikes or cultural visits. And if you get thirsty after all of this, you can go for a drink in the many bars, nightclubs or beach-clubs.