Tin mining has been a major source of income for the island since the 16th century.
In modern times, Phuket’s economy rests on tourism.
Phuket is situated on a major trading route and is a port of call for many over the years.
That’s the reason why Phuket has been influenced by the passing merchants who left their mark on the culture and religious make-up of Phuket and also on its architecture, as can been seen in the old sector of Phuket Town and the Chinese temples and Muslim mosques dotted around the island.
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