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Phuket is foremost a tourist destination, but is also a favorite tropical island for a winter or holiday home, retirement, or rental for a year or so. Many people make Phuket their home. You can park your boat there. The roads and infrastructure are very good, a large expat community is well established, there are lots and lots of foreign restaurants, a spattering of liberal nightlife here and there, and the golf and scuba diving are exceptionally good. Phuket is a clean and modern place. It was hit by the tsunami in December 2004, but you would never know it from a visit today except that the beachfronts are all new and modern. The quick recovery was spectacular. Phuket is a very clean, beautiful, and peaceful place.

Krabi is the mainland area adjacent to Phuket, and is one of the most beautiful places landscape wise. Many expats have settled down in Krabi, but they are spread out much thinner.

Compared with Bangkok, Phuket does not have a comparable business community, diversity, or set of social events. Phuket has one mall, the Central Festival Mall near Phuket Town, but it doesn't compare well in popularity, size, diversity of shops, special places, or artistic decor compared with many malls in Bangkok. There are no skyscrapers in Phuket, but there are lots of hillsides, albeit laws against homes very high on them.

Compared with Pattaya, Phuket is more beautiful and the community is nicer in many ways, but Pattaya is only a couple of hours drive from Bangkok whereas Phuket is an hour and a half by aircraft (plus the usual airport related time wastage).

Phuket is currently served by various airlines, including Air Asia which currently has multiple flights to/from Bangkok for about 3000 THB one-way which are a little over an hour long. That's fairly cheap, and altogether only a few hours (including early check-in requirements and airport security) so that actually it could be seen as comparing to Pattaya if you don't prefer to drive your own car.

Compared to Samui, Phuket has better roads, better infrastructure, and better choice of places to live, but Samui is a lot less expensive and may offer better investment leverage at this time. Samui is in the Gulf of Thailand where tsunamis are unheard of.

The Tsunami in Phuket was the first in recorded history, so that in terms of sheer statistics it appears unlikely that another such event will happen in our lifetimes. Phuket faces the Andaman Sea and Indian Ocean.

Monday, January 25, 2021