Phuket is an island located off southwestern Thailand.

Phuket is about four times the size of Washington, D.C. The island is home to approximately 300,000 people.

Located between China and India, Phuket was once a trade route for European sailors. During the 16th century, the French, Dutch, English, and Chinese explored Phuket in search of tin. Tin was once one of the island’s most important resources. It is used for canned foods.

Today, Phuket’s economy depends on tourism. The island is often pictured on the cover of tourist guidebooks, because it has some of the most beautiful coral reefs and beaches in the world.

Phuket was one of the hardest hit area by the 2004 South Asian Tsunami. Rebuilding efforts continue today. The mangrove forests along the coastline are still re-growing.