Best explored on foot, this bustling town is the provincial capital of Phuket. Centuries ago, Chinese merchants settled here, ... More
Best explored on foot, this bustling town is the provincial capital of Phuket. Centuries ago, Chinese merchants settled here, and tin mining and rubber growing led to its prosperity. Contact with Portuguese traders led to the development of a particular style of architecture known as Sino-Portuguese. The town offers many tourist facilities including accommodation, restaurants and some of the best shopping on the island, as well as Government Offices, the Tourist Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, and the main Post Office.
Loved the people, the food, the different little shops around every corner. Chatting with locals. Buying a lukewarm coke in the old little glass bottle (with paper swirl print straw) and then being told to drink it in the shop 'cos they don't want to lose their bottles.
Trying satay sticks from street vendors. Fantastic!!
Drinking Singha beer while watching the "world go by".
Granted, the beaches on Phuket are great, but the town is the main attraction, unless you are looking for the sort of clubs, bars, and prostitutes you can find in many places around the globe.
Phuket town is truly one of a kind. It's small, loads of its residents speak at least some english, the old architecture is preserved better than in many other places, and the local cusine truly shines here. For visitors, it is the best of both worlds: a quintessintial southern Thai town that's easy for a falang (westerner) to navigate.
And if you are looking for the naughtier stuff, the beaches are only a short bus or tuk-tuk ride away!
Located 17 kilometres south of the town, the bay at Kata is really made up of two smaller bays, Kata
Yai and Kata Noi. Both are blessed with impressively long, relatively peaceful, sandy beaches. Visitors can swim, sail, windsurf, ...
The stylish Destination Patong Hotel and Spa is in the heart of Phuket's busiest town with 390 well appointed rooms
ideal for couples, families and business travelers. The resort combines warm friendly service with a Kids World play zone, ...
Known locally as Haad Rawai and located 17 kilometres to the south of the town, this palm fringed beach is
best known for Phuket's Chao Le or Sea Gypsies: a nomadic fishing minority believed to be of Melanesian descent. ...