Written by Administrator
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 16:12
Like many other
islands that sit astride trade routes, Phuket has been a port of call for
passing foreigners for a millennium.
The natural wealth of the island and the generally hospitable nature of its
original inhabitants, naturally attracted many to stay.
The human streams whose blood courses in the veins of Phuket include the
earliest Sea Gypsies, Thai Buddhists, Muslim Malays, Arab traders, Indians,
Chinese and, in recent years, Europeans. Each of these has left some cultural impact
on the island, some of which is very obvious, like the mosques of the Muslims
and the shrines of the Chinese.
A visitor to the island with an interest in the cultural make-up of Phuket will
have fun discovering its cultural gems, many of which are hidden from the less
The many pages within this section contain in-depth
stories and beautiful photographs of each of these groups, along with stories
and photos of the more remarkable festivals, temples, shrines and architecture.