Roving sea gypsies once roamed these oceans but settled down in Phuket, lured to a landlubber's life by its rare beauty. In the past decade, miles of sandy beaches, swaying palms and crystal waters have made the island one of the most popular in Asia. Beyond the beaches lie rubber plantations and tangled rain forests, but the most photogenic sights are off-shore, as craggy limestone monoliths magestically arise from the sea in Phang Nga Bay

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