Pure white sands, aquamarine waters and limestone cliffs await travelers who visit Thailand's southwestern island of Phuket. Surrounded by the Andaman Sea and about an hour by plane from Bangkok, this island is a little piece of paradise, which comes with a relatively low price tag for everything from its accommodations to spa treatments and boat tours. But along with its tropical appeal, Phuket beckons to travelers wanting to experience its flavorful cuisine (think: lemongrass, lime leaves, chilies) and its rich culture, heavily influenced by its reigning religion: Buddhism.
And although the island’s beaches and tourism operators have bounced back from the 2004 tsunami, which hammered its western coast and tragically claimed thousands of lives, it remembers the past with memorials and a better warning system, should the area once again come under threat.
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Phuket is administered at a provincial level by a governor and provincial council or , the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO). The island is divided into three administrative districts or amphoe; Thalang, to the north, Kathu to the west and Muang in the south
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