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.

Contact Education Abroad Asia

253-298-2629 (Seattle)

440-454-5557 (US—Phuket direct line)

Prince of Songkla University

Prince of Songkla University


The PSU Phuket Campus is situated on the beautiful resort island of Phuket, one of the world’s most visited tropical islands, and an ideal location for studying hospitality and tourism.

With major international hotel chains operating in a climate of Thai business and culture, Phuket offers many resources and represents a living laboratory and case study for students, tourism researchers and professionals worldwide.


Education Abroad Asia works closely with the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism (FHT), which offers all courses in English.

FHT was the first hospitality and tourism faculty in Thailand. Founded in 1993, the faculty has gained a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

Students from around the world come to FHT to study Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, and special short-term courses, including training for airline cabin crew.


The Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism offers world-class training facilities for training airline cabin crew. Named PSU Airlines, international students can take special 40-hour training courses in preparation to work as cabin crew with international airlines.

Education Abroad Asia students can apply for this special course. A minimum of 7 students are required. Costs, inclusive of books and other materials is $300.00 per student.


The Phuket campus has undergone an amazing transformation in recent years. New buildings with well-designed offices for staff, computer labs, multi-level student classrooms, and much more.


'The Campus' Restaurant is managed by the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism and is a great place to meet other students and faculty. The building offers a an upscale coffee shop called the 'Sweet Factory' and the 'PSU Lodge' hotel-style accommodation for Education Abroad Asia students.

The complex is connected with the FHT classrooms and students can walk directly to their classes from their rooms or after a coffee.


The new state-of-the-art sports facility is nearly completed, featuring basketball, volleyball courts, indoor tennis, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The facility has a hotel and restaurant.

Education Abroad Asia students have access to all facilities on campus, and the hotel is available for our students' families wishing to visit Phuket during the semester.

Thai Buddhism

Thai Buddhism


Video by Education Abroad Asia – John James

Our video is listed on Wikipedia external links: "The Story of Wat Chalong" and on Vimeo.

Thai Buddhism is a cultural current throughout the country and is deeply ingrained in the social structure and behavior of the Thai people.

Buddhism in Thailand mainly follows the Theravada school and combines folk religion and some Chinese traditions. Temples throughout the Kingdom are considered sacred ground, and visitors are indeed welcome.

Thai traditional and family values are connected to temples and monks, and many Thais become monks during their lives, if only for a few months.

Peter Coan, an educator at Prince of Songkla University, shares his insights about studying in Thailand.

Listen carefully to his description of Thai Buddhism, and how it is "deeply ingrained" in the minds and culture of the Thai people.

Kata Beach Phuket

Kata Beach Phuket


Video by John James – Education Abroad Asia

Kata Beach Phuket

Surfing and Surf Tourism Mecca of Thailand

Surfing at Kata Beach Phuket, Thailand, during the summer and fall semester abroad programs and the Southwest Monsoon is great fun. With a little luck, waves can appear at any time throughout the year.

Small public buses park near the beach and provide locals and tourists with easy and affordable transportation to Phuket Town, Central Festival Shopping Center, Jungceylon Shopping Center, and other beaches.

Kata is where the action is, a busy beach with packed with people and activities, especially during the high season (December to February).

Surfing, bodysurfing, swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, sunbathing, food, shopping – Kata Beach Phuket is a lot of fun.

Karon Beach Phuket

Karon Beach Phuket

White Sand, Blue Waves and the Andaman Sea

Karon Beach Phuket

Surfing waves and sunshine at Karon Beach Phuket, Thailand, one of the island's longest white sand beaches and a favorite for tourism activities...

While Karon beach is beautiful, it is open to the wind and waves of the Southwest Monsoon and can have unpredictable ocean currents. For Phuket and tourist surfers, the beach is a paradise for finding uncrowded peaks to catch waves and reflect on the island experience.

Time Lapse Video by Education Abroad Asia – John James

Take a look at how beautiful the sunsets are at Karon Beach, Phuket!

Surf Lessons

Surfing in Phuket is increasing popular. Students studying abroad with Education Abroad Asia in Phuket will visit Karon Beach on weekends for surfing lessons. When the surf is small, Karon Beach is a pleasant place to practice as it offers more room and a chance to find your own waves away from the crowds at Kata and other beaches. Safety is always important and students must first demonstrate that they can swim.

Tourism Phuket

Tourism Phuket


The resort island of Phuket, Thailand, has over 700 hotels, 50,000 hotel rooms and millions of tourist arrivals annually

Hospitality and tourism activities have grown up and developed around the interest and opportunity of tourism entrepreneurs and employees on the island.

Whether or not the student of tourism agrees with the carnival-like atmosphere of high-energy destinations like Phuket, we must take an objective look at the individuals who have created and work in the industry, including the services they provide, and livelihoods they support.

Tourism dollars support all levels of Thai society, and a considerable portion of income reaches distant provinces and households throughout the entire country. 

Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to study in Phuket for accredited summer, semester, and gap year programs.


Hospitality and tourism students and researchers can personally experience and objectively study as many of these activities and services as possible during their semester abroad in Phuket — the living laboratory of the Asian hospitality and tourism industry.

C9 Hotelworks provides up-to-date statistics on Phuket: 2017 Phuket Tourism Market – Research Update (PDF)


Students are encouraged to participate in tourism activities to better understand these products and how they are managed and operate. Avenues of research and publication are supported during Semester and Gap Year programs.

Education Abroad Asia Phuket works with the friendly and reputable Phuket Land Tour based at Prince of Songkla University.

NEW PHUKET "AQUARIA" | University Filmworks | พิพิธภัณฑ์สัตว์น้ำ | ภูเก็ต

Top 5 Must-See Places

  1. Big Buddha (EAA Video)
  2. Chalong Temple (EAA Video)
  3. Three Beaches Viewpoint
  4. Phromthep Cape (EAA Video)
  5. Sarasin Bridge

Wat Chalong - EAA Video

Phang-Nga Bay

Tiger Kingdom

Top 10 Tourism Market Segments for Research

  1. Beach tourism
  2. Community-based tourism
  3. Cultural tourism
  4. Dive tourism
  5. Eco-tourism
  6. Event tourism
  7. Food tourism
  8. Golf tourism
  9. Medical tourism
  10. Surf tourism

Thai Cultural Theme Parks

Tourism Phuket Education Abroad Asia - Phi Phi Island Tours
Tourism Phuket Education Abroad Asia - Dive Tourism
Tourism Phuket Education Abroad Asia - Elephant Trekking
Tourism Phuket Education Abroad Asia - Sailing
Tourism Cambodia

Tourism Cambodia

Cambodia Tourism and Study Abroad

Students at Angkor Experience Khmer Culture

Tourism Cambodia

Education Abroad Asia offers direct enrollment opportunities in Cambodia. Students can study at the Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality Management and Entrepreneurship at Pannasastra University (PUC) in Phanom Phen for a semester or as part of a Gap Year abroad. PUC is the largest and best university in Cambodia to provide English-based education in all subjects.

Learning and Business

Given the dynamic growth and significance of the tourism industry in Cambodia today, education in tourism, hospitality, and entrepreneurship connect students with as sorts of interesting learning and business opportunities.

Of recent interest, projects in development with the Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality Management and Entrepreneurship, include community-based tourism, sustainable and organic farming, coastal studies and inland fisheries, and other activities based on the needs of students and local communities.

Newly published article in the Study Abroad Journal by Education Abroad Asia's Program Director

Video Production

Video Production

Learn acting and all areas of video production in Phuket with Education Abroad Asia.

Students can join the Phuket Film Club and produce their own videos with the help of the crew at University Filmworks.

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