Phuket, Thailand

Interior Phuket


Phuket Town

Phuket Town is the largest town in Phuket and with a population of around 63,000. It is also the administrative, economic and transport hub of the island. For the most part, Phuket Town is just an ordinary provincial Thai town and hardly considered a major tourist attraction. However, accommodation and food in the town is cheaper than at the touristy beach resorts.
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Phuket International Airport is 30 km to the north of Phuket Town. Buses and songthaews connect Phuket Town to major beaches around the island, starting from Thanon Ranong at the Ranong Market. The most popular destination by bus from the market is the one travelling to Patong (25 baht). Fares to other beaches range from 15 to 30 baht. Taxis will cost you 200-400 baht, depending on your bargaining skills. Phuket Town is just a little too big to be covered comfortably on foot. There's an organised small public transport system but motorbikes and four-wheeled tuk-tuks whiz about looking for fares.

Phuket Town by GinkgoTelegraph

Phuket Town's low-key attractions are mostly related to its colourful Chinese history and heritage, found in the Chinatown area on the north-western side of town around Thanon Thalang. Old Phuket began and boomed in the 19th century as a tin mining town. The architecture here is described as Sino-Portuguese, with a strong Mediterranean character. There are also many buildings (especially on Dibuk Road) that have old wooden doors with Chinese fretwork carving.

Other major attractions in Phuket town include:

Khao Rang
A hill-top location offering a great view of Phuket Town and some offshore islands. There are also several restaurants featuring spectacular views of the city.

Phuket Culture Museum
Located at Rajabhat University and admission is free. A very informative museum describing Phuket's history in pictures and still scenes.

Phuket Cultural Center
Also located at Rajabhat University and devoted to the history as well as the arts and culture of Phuket such as houses and way of life.

Thai Village and Orchid Farm
Located about 3 km from town, featuring a spectacular cultural show including Thai dances and boxing as well as displays of Thai handicrafts and orchids.

Phuket Zoo
Located on the way to Chalong Bay and features a collection of Asian and African animals. There are also elephant and crocodiles shows performed every day.

Phuket Butterfly Farm
About 3 km from town via Yaowarat Road and the Sam Kong intersection. It has a fascinating collection of butterflies and insects as well as marine life.

Dining at the Weekend Market by coolinsights

Shopping seems to be the main reason for visitors to come to Phuket Town, with its local markets and a slew of malls and departments stores. Chinatown's Thanon Thalang offers a large selection of boutiques and galleries retailing traditional handicrafts as well as antiques from the region. Phuket Night Bazaar is a large area, where you can get local stuff (though you might find the same things much cheaper at the Big C supermarket!). The Weekend Market is located at Wirat Hong Yok Road, opposite the Wat Naka (Naka Temple). There are endless stalls here offering cheap Thai souvenirs and the food court here is large and alone worth a visit. 

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