Phuket province consists of the island of Phuket, the country's largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its western coast in the Andaman Sea. 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, German and English traders.
Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, but today the island is world famous for its stunning beaches, beautiful scenery, religious treasures and its nightlife.
Phang Nga province is home to the well-known and stunning tropical islands of Phang Nga Bay National Park. The most famous one is the so-called James Bond Island, a needle formed limestone rock in the sea which featured in the 1974 movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun'.
The national park includes the Koh Similan and Koh Surin Islands, two of Thailand's main diving destinations. With many outstanding natural attractions, stunning beaches and world class scuba diving and snorkeling, it is no surprise that Phang Nga province is among the most popular with both foreign and local tourists.
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