What comes into your mind when you think of sunny, golden beaches? Surely, Phuket must be one of the places that you dream up. Travellers often think of Phuket for many reasons, which includes the variety of activities and its beautiful beaches.
Located in the South of Thailand, it is the biggest island in the entire country and it sits on the Andaman Sea. Because it is a big island, Phuket is surrounded by many magnificent beaches, such as Rawai, Patong, Karon, and Kamala. Moreover, the Laem Phromthep viewpoint is said to have the most beautiful sunsets in Thailand.
In the early days of regional maritime trade, the cape of Phuket was locally referred to as Jung Ceylon or Thalang, which became the name of the main town, which is located in the north of the island. It was the perfect place for traders to take a quick stop during monsoons, Jung Ceylon welcomed merchants from India, Persia, Arabia, Burma, China, and also Siam.
During the 16th century, the island was a popular trading port for tin. However, in 1785, Burmese troops invaded Thalang town, which was under the leadership of Chan, the governor’s widow, and her sister, Muk, who united the local residents and successfully 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, Chan and Muk were granted noble titles as “Thao Thep Kasattri” and “Thao Sri Soonthorn,” respectively. They are so respected and loved by Phuket residents that the town built a monument to commemorate their distinguished achievement.
When the city returned to its peaceful state, the development of mining started booming. Chinese businessmen and miners migrated to Phuket to enjoy the thriving wealth. The island’s long history has shaped present-day Phuket to become more diverse in terms of ethnic groups, culture, architectural influence, and fine cuisine. These attributes have made Phuket a well rounded tourist destination that offers a lot more beyond its natural heritage of sea, sand, and world-renowned diving sites. The province’s signature Sino-Portuguese architecture casts an alluring charm among the city’s visitors, and Phuket’s hospitality never fails to impress travellers from all over the world.