This island off the southwestern coast of Thailand is referred to as the "Pearl of the South." It is the country's largest island and possesses a varied terrain -- forested hills, rocky beaches and a fertile, tropical interior that supports cacao, rubber, pineapple and cashew production in addition to rice paddies. Motorcycle tours around the island are popular. See alligator, pearl and butterfly farms as well as all sorts of sea treasures at the Shell Museum. Besides the natural attractions, there are examples of Sino-Portuguese architecture in Phuket Town, harkening back to the island's 19th-century tin manufacturing boom. Thais are extremely proud of their culture and have several venues for showing it off to visitors: Thai Culture Show, Thai Village & Orchid Farm and Phuket FantaSea.
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
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