Phuket is a tropical island located in the Andaman Sea, Southern Thailand. The island is a region hub of tourism and economy, with a population estimated at one million, including international residents.

As a resort destination, there are over 700 hotels offering 50,000 hotel rooms, ranging from modest and affordable guest houses to world-class 5 star resort properties.

Patong Beach on the Resort Island Phuket - Education Abroad Asia
Phuket Map - Dr Steven A Martin Education Abroad Asia


Just one hour and ten minutes by air from Bangkok, Phuket has world-class amenities, including large shopping malls, department stores, and major international hotels and restaurant chains.

White sand beaches define the island's geography and the lifestyle of residents and visitors. The west coast is where the action is, where more than twenty beaches outline large bays along the Andaman Coast.

Exotic offshore national parks, such as the Similan and Surin Islands, are popular day trips for tourists, offering spectacular scenery and pristine clear waters.


The east coast of Phuket is open to Phang Nga Bay, a paradise for kayakers and boaters, well-know for James Bond Island, film location for the Man with the Golden Gun.

Local and tourists take affordable day trips to Phi Phi Island, a snorkelers haven and film location for The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Due to the Bay's limestone karst topography, with jungle-covered rock towers, it is an environmentally sensitive area for fish, turtles, coral reefs, mangroves and much more.

Click on the photos below to read Dr. Steven Martin's research on the geology of the Phang Nga limestone formations.


In recent years, the 'Phuket Big Buddha' has become a must see for visitor's to Phuket.

The iconic 45 meter tall Big Buddha is perched on top of Phuket and is visible from the east and west sides of the southern part of the island.

BIG BUDDHA PHUKET – A Video by Education Abroad Asia's Own John James


Located at the southern tip of Phuket, Phromthep Cape is a must-see destination on the island, with awe-inspiring views year round. From sun-up to sun-down, the clean air, cool breezes, and the freshness overtakes the body when visiting here. 

Laem Phromthep (แหลมพรหมเทพ) (Phromthep Cape) is a headland forming the extreme south end of Phuket. "Phrom" is Thai for the Hindu term "Brahma", signifying purity, and "thep" is Thai for "God". Local villagers used to refer to the cape as "Laem Chao", or the God's Cape, and it was an easily recognizable landmark for the early seafarers traveling up the Malay Peninsula.

Video by Education Abroad Asia – John James


Anna Nilsson, was born in Phuket, grew up in Sweden. Just recently, Anna returned to study Hospitality and Tourism Management at Prince of Songkla University (PSU).

Watch her new interview with Education Abroad Asia's Program Director, Dr. Steven Martin. Anna shares her experience in Phuket Island, how it feels to be back, and her thoughts on the future.


Phuket is home to one of Thailand's top five universities, and the first to specialize in hospitality and tourism education – The Prince of Songkla University (PSU) – named for the father of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

With a uniquely international atmosphere, the university offers direct access to the Phuket hotel and tourism industry, making it an ideal location for international students and faculty to experience, study, or conduct academic research.

In recent years with the advent of the "ASEAN Community 2015" (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), student mobility has increased significantly, with all 10 ASEAN countries represented by international undergraduate and master programs.

ASEAN students are studying abroad in Phuket in a variety of fields, and Education Abroad Asia 'Study in Phuket' programs offer opportunities to make friends with young individuals and academics from the region and beyond.


For American students, Phuket is an outstanding location to study business, hospitality, tourism, languages and cultural arts.

For Asian students, Phuket offers an excellent opportunity to study English close to home in an international setting. Direct flights from Phuket International Airport make travel to the island convenient and affordable.

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