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, island, 206 sq mi (534 sq km), a province of Thailand, in the Andaman Sea, off the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. The town of Phuket is the capital. Flat, with isolated hills, the island was one of Thailand's chief tin-mining regions, but now resort tourism is the
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, Thailand.
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Local media said the boat people were found near Raja Noi island in the Andaman Sea off Phuket province -- a magnet for foreign tourists.
The authorities of Thailand detained a group of asylum seekers, including 20 children, who were found last Tuesday on board an unsafe vessel off Bon Island, in Phuket province, 600 kilometers southwest of Bangkok.
On Patong beach in Phuket Province and Bang-Niang beach in Phang-Nga Province where thousands were killed, central and local governments, and private organizations jointly held religious ceremonies.
In the photograph, the brown-haired girl is sitting in the administration office of Phuket province after it was struck by the killer Boxing Day waves last year.
Diver Martin Robertson had his first scuba lesson off Patong beach in Thailand's Phuket province.
Thais and foreigners put candles on a long tray during a vigil for the tsunami victims in Phuket province
In Phuket province there was one major homicide in 2003, the shooting of a land official who uncovered scares.