It takes Nothing to join the crowd. It takes Everything to stand alone – Hans F. Hansen.
Although Thailand has never actually been colonized, the distinct Sino architecture of Phuket Town could be easily mistaken for a colonial outpost. Old Phuket Town’s history dates back to 1511, when the town served as a hub for Phuket’s tin-mining industry and attracted the attention of Portuguese and Chinese merchants. Phuket embraced the western ways of the colonists from Portugal and built homes in their architectural style, while Chinese immigrant merchants became rich on tin-mining profits and built homes, favoring the shophouse style. Thus, the Sino-Portuguese style was born.