If you’re reading this, chances are this little island has piqued your interest, or maybe you’ve been here for years. Many expats’ stories of how they came to live in Phuket starts with, “I came here on vacation and never left.” That might turn out to be the beginning of your story, and it’s easy to see why. 

In recent years, Phuket has become a wildly popular tourist destination. Some years see nearly 10 million foreign tourists visiting the island with the majority traveling from China and Russia. Phuket’s economic importance is inarguable with it’s revenue accounting for up to 14% of the entire country’s GDP at times. And it’s not just a nice place to visit, it’s a great place to live.

Phuket is one of those destinations that seems to have something for everyone whether it’s mind-blowingly beautiful beaches and sunsets, the raucous nightlife, world-famous cuisine, loads of family-friendly activities and venues, or top notch dive locations. The exotic culture lures some, while the LGBTQ-friendly community entices others. Retirees appreciate the affordable cost of living and most expats and locals simply agree that overall the quality of life is high. It’s a small island with a big personality where one will discover a vibrant cross-section of humanity.

Phuket is a little slice of paradise that you’ll meet, get to know, and quickly fall in love with.