Phuket was one of the major Peranakan Chinese cultural centrals, along with Singapore, Malacca and Penang, thanks to the dramatic growing of tin mining business in early 19th century, luring in a large number of Chinese merchants from the China mainland. It was led to the constructions of Sino-Portuguese mansions and shophouses in the Phuket town. These buildings were the residence of tin mine tycoons, and their descendants, featuring unique Peranakan architectural styles. Each shophouse look narrow from the front but its space spans as long as ten meters or more to the back, making there’s a vast space to accommodate a lot of people. Walk along the roads of Dibuk, Phang-Nga, Yaowarat, Thalang and Krabi to admire the beauty of crafted facade of the remaining shophouses. Some of them are now open as a boutique hotel you can also try lodging. For an in-depth history of Peranakan culture in Phuket, you might want to pay a visit to Phuket Thai Hua Museum.
History and General Information :
Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, located in the Andaman Sea, of southern Thailand. The island is mostly mountainous, with a mountain range in the west of the island going from the north to the south. Phuket Island has 17 sandy beaches. The island is 50 km long, north to south, and 21 km wide. It is joined to the mainland by Sarasin Bridge.
Phuket used to make its wealth from tin and rubber. It also has a rich and colorful history. The island was part of one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of the Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders. The region now makes much of its income from tourism.
We would like to give you some tips for traveling around Phuket :
Famous Temples & Culture :
Big Buddha : Phraphutthamingmongkhol-akenagakhiri Buddha, is has a width of: 25.45m and a height of: 45m. It is a reinforced concrete structure adorned with white jade marble, called Suriyakanta, from Myanmar (Burma). The statue is positioned on the top of Mount Nagakerd, Subdistrict Karon, Phuket Province. Buddhists who practice the religion of Buddhism built the Big Buddha. It is one of the landmarks of Phuket Island and because it is located on top of the mountain, it has one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Phuket.
Chalong Temple : This is Phuketˈs most renowned and beautiful temple. It is enshrined with gilt statues of monk-hero Luang Pho Chaem and his assistant Luang Pho Chuang, both having important roles in quelling the miner rebellion in 1876. Wat Chalong and its beautiful Buddhist architecture, is not only of importance to the locals but it will also allow tourists to take good memories back home.
Old Phuket Town : The old town of Phuket is a place that attracts tourists to visit the beautiful Sino-Portuguese style Architecture. It is a perfect combination of traditional and modern culture making it a place perfect for photography to capture the memories of visiting Phuket.
Charitable Activities In Phuket :
Come let us help Orphan Children’s Hopes & Dreams Turn Into Reality!
On the other side of the civilized Phuket city, there are many orphanages waiting for some help and support. You can help poor children to make their childhood dreams come true. Help them to live with a smile & happiness.
It is a great opportunity for a family activity, as todays children often grow up in a world of luxury, where toys, computers, food, shelter, and education is a given. Getting them involved in a charity activity or having a change to see at an early age the different lives that other children may have, is a great way to make them grateful for what they have. And possibly make generosity contagious!