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At UPL, we listen to the needs of the client, making sure that not only does our client get the villa, apartment or plot they are looking for, but they can do so as effectively as possible. Our staff and our systems make sure you view the properties most suited for you, so you have the time to take advantage of all the other benefits that Phuket has to offer. UPL focuses on services before, during and after the sale assuring that all our clients are satisfied and the process is stress free. UPL has set up partnerships and continuing to set up more partnerships with overseas real estates companies to attract buyers into Phuket. UPL has now managed to set up a satellite office in Hong Kong.

History of Phuket

Phuket Town was founded in the 1st Century B.C by colonists from India. Ptolemy, a Greek geographer in the third century A.D., referred to it as 'Jang Si Lang' – which later became 'Junk Ceylon' and this is the name you will see on ancient maps of Thailand, or Siam.

Because of its rich natural reserves the island has days been important, economically speaking. From the earliest times it has attracted explorers, traders and criminals from far off trading places of the Old World such as Arabia, Sri Lanka, China and Portugal – all seeking to reap the benefits of its ivory, pearls, timber, animal hides and gems.

In the 16th Century, tin became an important economical resource for Phuket, bringing, the Dutch, as well as the French. The British were not far behind and they later sent Captain Francis Light to scout out the possibilities of controlling the strategically important Malacca Straits, using Phuket as a base.

In1785 two sisters became Phukets most famous icons when they routed the invading Burmese army. Despite having been repelled just one year earlier the Burmese returned with a large fleet to lay siege. Having just suffered the death of the Governor responsibility of the defence fell to his widow, Kunying Jan. She and her sister Mook assembled what forces they could and, according to legend, disguised local women as male soldiers, the size of the apparent defending forces led to the Burmese to eventually give up the fight and left after a month's siege and as a result King Rama 1 awarded Kunying Jan with the royal title of ‘Thao Thep Kasattri', the memorial to the Sisters is what forms the Heroines Monument roundabout on the main thoroughfare today between the Airport and Phuket Town. This shrine is forever garnished in fresh flowers by the local communities who hold these two important historical figures in reverie.

Two centuries ago, Chinese labourers arrived in their thousands to carry out extensive tin mining and their influences have remained, making Phuket the province with the highest percentage of ethnic Chinese in the country.

Today, Phuket Town is a living testimony to this cultural impact with its, cuisine and culture and architecture all drawing influence from its Chinese heritage. Phuket also holds the most extensive Vegetarian festival every September/October or 10 days. Locals celebrate by wearing white, setting off large quantities of firecrackers and with colourful processions usually located close to the numerous Chinese Temples throughout Phuket.

When tourism first came to Thailand, Phuket was among the first provinces to embrace the industry and is now well established on the tourist map as international resort destination famous for natural beauty and hospitality. The island receives millions of visitors each year and it holds a special place in the heart of millions more who have tasted its hospitality, witnessed Phuket's natural splendour and enjoyed its unique culture.



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