The island of Phuket, Thailand, was historically known by European travelers and traders as ‘Junk Ceylon’. Why was this?

Answer: The term was a European version of the Malay name for the island, Ujung Salang. The island was ironically far from full of junk, it was of such interest to Europeans as it was a rich source of tin.

Source: Southeast Asia by Keat Gin Ooi

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