A Unique History
Discovered in Phuket’s centre hundreds of years ago, tin quickly become an integral part of the island’s commerce and trade. The value of this ‘black gold’ was so great that it was considered a form of currency until as late as 1932.
Phuket’s success and wealth as a result were in part due to the Na-Ranong family: one of the founding fathers of Phuket’s flourishing economy, Khaw Sim Bee Na-Ranong, played such an integral role in the island’s development that King Chulalongkorn awarded him the royal title of ‘Phraya Rasada Nupradit’. Today, a commanding statue of him sits atop Khao Rang hill overlooking Phuket Town as a testament to his leadership and vision.