In 1785, two sisters, Lady Chan and Lady Mook, became heroines when they saved Phuket from a Burmese invasion. By dressing all the women on the island to men and giving them makeshift weapons, they frightened the Burmese army who came to see if Phuket would be easily occupied. But when they saw the ‘troops of soldiers,’ the Burmese escaped, as they believed the island was too well protected from seizure.
A monument has been erected by the sisters on a traffic roundabout on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang between the airport and Phuket City. The two sisters received the honorary titles Thao Thep Krasatri and Thao Si Sunthon from King Rama I. Thao Thep Krasatri also gave its name to the road, Thepkasattri.
Most car drivers, including my wife, honk their horns as they pass the monument to show respect to the two sisters. Although we have passed the traffic roundabout many times, we have never stopped to take pictures, simply because this is one of the busiest roads in Phuket. But one day we will stop! Until then, I borrow these pictures.