Phuket Thailand. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman Sea’ Phuket offers a rich and colorful history coupled with sparkling blue waters, teeming with marine life. Away from its idyllic coast, Phuket’s countryside is rich with gems of its own to admire. Dense coconut groves, traditional rubber plantations, and lush green hills hide ancient temples. Chinese shrines, and ornate mosques – a glimpse into the island’s spirituality.