Pier Chalong Bay, Phuket, Thailand
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Phuket has a rich and diverse history that dates as far back as the 1st century when Phuket Town was founded by Indian Merchants. The name Phuket is said to be a derivative of the Malay word, bukit, which means ‘hill’ and is a reference to the island’s appearance from a distance. However, other sources claim it was formed from the Thai words for ‘mountain’ and ‘jewel’, being phu and ket respectively.
Prior to this, Phuket was called ‘Jung Ceylon’, a reference that is evident on historic European navigational charts and an alteration of the Malay Tanjung Salang words for ‘Cape Salang’. Later, it was called ‘Thalang’, a name that still remains in one of the island’s districts before finally settling on the name it is known as today.
Phuket’s idyllic position along a major maritime trade route, as well as its valuable natural raw materials such as tin, gained the attention of a number of nations in the past.
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