The revolution began when the island's angry envoys and tourists rose up as one against extortion, intimidation and environmental destruction.
Back in 2014, the taxi and tuk-tuk drivers quickly fell into line. Those who wanted to work continued in metered taxis that were able to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere on the island.
The layabouts mostly returned to their home provinces.
Transformation on the beaches was even more speedy and remarkable.
With the foreshores restored to their original natural growth and the Royal Thai Navy providing lifeguards and regular patrols enforcing laws against jet-ski rip-offs and littering, Kamala, Kata, Karon and Patong all look great now.
Once corruption was stopped in the marine parks and a daily limit was applied on the number of visitors to Phi Phi and other beautiful spots, the coral reefs quickly returned to the color and the glory of 2004.
Some of the polluters who pumped black water into Phuket's bays are also just about to complete their 10-year terms in Phuket's modern four-to-a-cell prison . . .
Oh, did somebody say it was time to wake up? Sorry, it was such a beautiful dream. You're going to tell me it was all just a fantasy.
You say taxi and tuk-tuk drivers really did get arrested? Phuket actually did adopt a sensible transport system?
My, that's good news.
FOR THOSE who worry about Phuket becoming too popular and the invasion of too many tourists destroying the beaches and the reefs, the figures of arrivals and departures through Phuket International Airport so far this year are also good news.
The total rose just 0.22 percent in May, which is a whole lot better for the island environment than a rise of, say, 22 percent.
A levelling off in passenger numbers provides a chance for authorities and the infrastructure to catch up.
Despite the street protest confrontation in Bangkok followed by the coup, international passengers to Phuket rose by a gentle 1.32 percent while domestic travel dipped by 1.08 percent.
The May total of 809,583 took the January-May figure to 5,138,252, up by 5.37 percent.
Given the pain and suffering being endured in Bangkok, Phuket remains extremely fortunate.
Those who are only concerned about their own income are bound to be unhappy. Expect complaints from all the island's condo builders, and their bankers.
Meanwhile, we'll go back to that dream . . .
Coup commander General Prayuth Chan-ocha today set a limit on the number of tourists who could visit Phuket, declaring that the preservation of the beaches and coral reefs for his children and grandchildren was vital to Thailand's future.
The general also declared that the international holiday destination was the perfect province in which to start a campaign to outlaw corruption and create a role model for the rest of the country.
''Phuket will be the place where the new, corruption-free Thailand has its beginnings,'' he said in his weekly television broadcast.