<p><br> Twilight settles on the Rawai Beach Pier in Phuket, the largest of Thailand's islands. Phuket's tropical climate, forested mountains, and wide beaches draw international tourists in droves—a popularity turned tragic when a tsunami swept the area in December 2004, killing hundreds in Phuket alone.</p>

Rawai Beach Pier, Phuket


Twilight settles on the Rawai Beach Pier in Phuket, the largest of Thailand's islands. Phuket's tropical climate, forested mountains, and wide beaches draw international tourists in droves—a popularity turned tragic when a tsunami swept the area in December 2004, killing hundreds in Phuket alone.

Photograph by Narong Rattanaya, My Shot

Thailand Photos

See photos of Thailand (including Bangkok, the Reclining Buddha, Phuket, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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