Phuket has a very rich and varied history which stretches back thousand of years when ships on route to the Malay peninsula had to pass Junk Ceylon as it was known in those times. The name “Phuket” came from “Bukit” which believed that it was derived from a Malay word means hill. Phuket was an important and essential trading post with the Arabs, Malays, Indians, Burmese, Chinese and Siamese.
Colonial power and Invasion
In the old days, there were so many influencial nations attempt to colonize the island such as the English and Dutch as they were well established in Asia but the most influencial nation was the Portugal as many traders and residents introduced chili pepper and built homes and businesses in the traditional style, which can still be seen in Phuket town today.
In 1785 a Burmese invaded the island which forced the local residents led by a woman named Than Phu Ying Jan and her sister Mook persuade the island’s women to pose as male worriors, to frighten the Burmese away until it came to an end that a Burmese defeated. The two women quite rightly respected in Phuket. As a memorable monument of the two heroines stand tall and brave in Talang area, which is 12 kilometres away from north of Phuket town.
Phuket now and then
Phuket in the past was famous for a tin mining and rubber plantations which grew rapidly when many Chinese arrived from Penang and Malaysia whose built extravagant homes in the impressive Sino- Portugese style.
Nowadays, the tin mining industry has disappeared but the rubber plantations can still be seen all over the island and remains an important source of income for local farmers. In the other hand, Phuket is just as busy as ever and continues to attract tourists from around the world as there are still plenty of unspoiled and beautiful spots to be found all over Phuket.
We believed that Phuket will still be on the track to retain its crown as one of the most popular destinations in Thailand even though we’re faced the political turmoil and the global financial crisis.
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