Phuket, Thailand, is commonly referred to as the ‘Pearl of South’ and is the largest island in Thailand. Phuket is broken by a chain of mountains and valleys mainly from a north-south range running down the west coast. Laying in the Andaman Sea off southern Thailand’s west coast, the island’s terrain is incredibly varied, with rocky headlands, long broad sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, forested hills, small estuaries, lagoons, and tropical vegetation of all kinds. Its large size has allowed microclimates to develop in different areas of the island. This is the type of sea life you would be able to see upon a scuba diving trip.
This was days before the 2004 Tsunami that struck the region and a near fateful notice to my being. My heart goes out to those that were lost and thankful for providing me more time here on earth.