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Phuket The Pearl of The Andaman

What comes into the mind of travel lovers when we talk about sea, sun and sand? Phuket must definitely be one of the answers. Especially when you think about the island in which there are plenty of accommodations and all kinds of entertainment. In the early of Christian Age, the cape of Phuket was locally referred to as Jung Ceylon, while natives called the place Cha Lang, which evolved to Thalang the name of the main town to the north of island.

As a perfect stopover sheltering traders from monsoons, Jung Ceylon welcomed merchants from India, Persia, Arabia, Burma, China and also Siam. During the 16th century, the island was also a popular trading port for tin.

Thalang town was surrounded by Burmese troops who invaded the coastal area in 1785. It was under the leadership of Chan, the widow of the governor, and her sister, Muk, who united local residents and successfully fought and drove the invaders out of Phuket. It took over 30 days for the defending troops of Phuket, under the command of Chan and Muk, to claim their victory. As a result of such heroic deeds, noble titles were granted to Chan and Muk as Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Si Sunthon respectively. They are still highly respected by Phuket residents even today. When the city was in peaceful state, the development of mining was so unprecedented.

Chinese businessmen and miners later migrated to Phuket and soon enjoyed thriving business wealth. The islands long history has shaped the distinctive Phuket of the present with its diverse ethnic groups, culture. Phuket has a lot more to offer its visitors than its natural heritage sea, sand, sky, beach, forest, and world renowned diving sites. Sino-Portuguese architecture casts its spell delighting travelers to the city, while Phuket-style hospitality has never failed to impress visitors from all walks of life.

Getting to Know

  • Phuket is located approximately 862 kilometers south of Bandkok.
  • There are only two seasons in year the green season (March to October) and the hot season (November to April)
  • Phuket is divided into 3 administrative counties namely Amphoe Mueang, Amphoe Kathu.
  • The province official slogan is “The peral of Andaman, Southern heaven, Golden Beaches, Two Heroines, Divine power of Chaem monk
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