Phuket is proving that it’s more than just palm trees and pretty scenery—in fact, Thailand’s largest island has become the first “smart city” in the country in an effort to become a digital hub and draw more tech startups to the island.
A handful of promising ventures have already emerged from the popular resort destination. Here are 7 of the top tech startups based in Phuket that you need to know about in 2016.
UpToPromo provides search engine optimization (SEO) services and other features that enable websites to earn money through advertising. Since setting up in Phuket, they’ve expanded beyond Thai borders to nearby Indonesia.
FrontdeskEasy is a Software as a Service (SaaS) for online hotel marketing and promotions management. The solution features full booking management and reporting capabilities.
LivePhuket came to fruition after the founders experienced first-hand the difficulties of finding accommodations in Phuket. Filling a clear gap in the market, LivePhuket is a portal that makes finding rentals and properties for sale in Phuket easier than ever before.
CloudHotelBooking is an easy-to-use platform for hotels who want to sell rooms on their own website—without having to pay commissions to third party booking sites.
Property and tourism are clearly two major markets in Phuket—Villacarte covers both bases with its property and vacation management platform.
Launched in 2015 by the founders of LivePhuket, FazWaz is a real estate platform that uses a proprietary algorithm to provide relevant, accurate search results. FazWaz also provides side-by-side comparisons to further streamline the buying process.
The lure of tropical paradise inspired JetRadar’s founder to set up shop in Phuket. The flight comparison platform’s “Magic Fare” option enables users to find the cheapest possible fares based on flexible schedules.
While Phuket has fewer startups than the capital city of Bangkok, there is ample potential for growth here—as evidenced by the preceding 7 ventures. And as the government continues to pave the way for entrepreneurs looking to set up shop on the island, you can expect more innovations to emerge from this unexpected hub of tech innovation.