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Two Heroines

By Linda Tancs

Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is no stranger to adverse forces.  Although most might best remember the damage wrought by the 2004 tsunami, this southern province has battled against adverse influences for centuries.  For instance, during the Battle of Thalang in 1785 the Burmese sought control of this island paradise and might have won it were it not for the marshaling of troops led by two sisters.  Driving the Burmese to retreat, the two women became local heroines and were bestowed honorary titles by a grateful King Rama I.  The Two Heroines Monument is located on Krasattri Road.

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