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Andaman History Comes to Light

In addition to gleaming white-sand beaches and a choice of world-class restaurants and accommodation choices, Southern Thailand –  Phuket and Krabi in particular – boast a number of cultural and historical attractions.

Adding to the historical interest, a report in local newspaper, the Phuket Gazette recently highlighted the discovery of human skulls, bones, pottery and cave paintings in Krabi dating back 700 years, which has got local history experts excited.

“Everything was found in a cave about 56 metres above sea level, and about 3 km from Ao Nammao port,” said Tawatchai Chanpaisansilp, a Phuket-based archaeologist. “We initially thought that the find was the remnants of travellers who died there. However, it now appears that is could have been an ancient burial site.”

In addition to the human remains, the archaeological team also discovered glazed tiles and pieces of pottery. The team has established a grid and taken some preliminary photographs at the site, which was uncovered by locals.

“The cave paintings are very similar to those seen in the Chao Lay Cave (in Krabi). However, further testing will need to be done before we can establish a definitive date range for the site,” added Tawatchai.

Krabi province is an ideal side destination for visitors to Phuket who are looking to include a trip to the Thai mainland in their vacation itinerary. Meanwhile visitors that prefer to stay on Phuket also have a number of historical treasures to explore. Phuket Old Town, in particular, boasts a rich cultural heritage dating more than a hundred years when many settlers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China arrived during the tin mining boom of the 19th century.

Phuket Old Town then became a trading hub and an important stop-off for ships sailing from British-occupied Myanmar (then Burma) to Malaysia’s Penang. The Old Town’s historical heritage can still be seen in the brightly coloured shop houses that line its streets, which are reminiscent of those in of Malacca, Penang and Singapore.

Many of the descendants of Phuket’s original settlers have set up shops and businesses off the Old Town’s Thalang Road. The Phuket Peranakan Museum is an informative centre for visitors that want to learn about the local history of the area. In addition, the privately-run Chinpracha House Museum is a fascinating experience for those that want to learn more about Phuket’s original heritage and culture.



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