THE COLOURING BOOK STORY
Welcome to The Phuket Colouring Book
Located in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. Covering about 540 square kilometres, it is 48 kilometres long and 21 kilometres wide – about the same size as Singapore. Before it was called Phuket, it was known as Thalang and then Junk Ceylon, when traders used to visit for tin and rubber.
Now it’s a famous holiday island, with people coming from all around the world to visit its famous beaches and sights – many of which you’ll find inside this book!
Down the middle of the island are large mountains, with the Big Buddha sitting on top of one of them called Nark Kerd. Though it is hot all year round in Phuket (from 23-33 degrees Celsius) , there are two different weather seasons. From November to April it is ‘dry’, with very little rain. Then from May to October it is ‘wet’, when it can rain almost every day, making very large puddles! More than 600,000 people call Phuket home, including many from Thailand, Myanmar, Australia, Sweden, Ger many, Russia, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and many other countries! In 2011, a young British illustrator called Sophie came to Phuket, moving from the seaside town of Brighton. She contacted The Phuket News to ask if we would consider publishing any of her illustrations.
Immediately recognising her talent, we asked her to draw a weekly illustration for the newspaper – the now famous colouring competition, which has been a great success. From that, came the idea for The Phuket Colouring Book you hold in your hands now, which is the result of Sophie’s adventures around the island – from visiting the Koh Sirey monkeys to a walk down old Thalang Road to a relaxing Thai massage. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it’ it’s time to start colouring!
About the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation
The Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation works to improve the economic opportunities and life chances of young people, by funding and implementing high quality, practical English language education in government schools on Phuket Island.
The Foundation creates vocational opportunities by developing English skills both through formal education as well as after school and non curricular activities. The Foundation teaches English to over 860 children in two Government schools; employing qualified, fluent English-speaking teachers to provide the best possible English language education.
They also run an extracurricular program, Coconut Club, for 160 children who are orphans or whose families are not able to look after them.
80/14 Moo 3, T. Kamala, A. Katu, Phuket, 83150, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)76-278-146. Fax: +66 (0)76-341-534.