Phuket Town is the capital and largest city of the province of Phuket, located in the southeastern part of the island, on the shore of Phuket Bay and Andaman sea of the Indian ocean.
Many tourists come to Phuket Town, primarily for the purpose of transplantation, traveling around Phuket by public transport, as many go to shopping. But, we would recommend to stay in town and explore its streets. There really is something to see, because Phuket town is much more a Thai city than the coastal resorts. Here parks and small squares, Thai and Chinese temples, interesting architectural buildings, museums, Old and New town.
For us, Phuket town has become the charm of items that you can see walking around the streets of the city
Conditionally the city can be divided into New and Old Phuket town. Conditional division is due to the fact that there is no clear delineation of old and new, here is the old quarter with narrow bright lanes adjacent to quite modern buildings, shops, showrooms and wider streets. Of particular interest to tourists, of course, causes the Old city.
Old Phuket Town
Old Phuket Town (Old Phuket Town) is a district, located on several streets - Thalang, Krabi, PhangNga, Dibuk, Ratsada and other adjacent streets.
This place is low, mostly 2-storey building, Sino-Portuguese architecture, which had a temporary effect and entwined Chinese and European culture. Many of the buildings of the old quarter are painted bright colors, making this area even more attractive.
Generally, the first floors of buildings in the old centre of the busy souvenir shops, small shops, cafes or workshops. In cafes and restaurants serving both Thai and European cuisine.
On the facades of some buildings can be seen bright and interesting street art
House Chinpracha (Chinpracha House) is a two-story mansion, once owned by the Chinpracha family and built in the early 1900-ies.
The mansion opened Museum, a collection of things the Chinese way of life. The house is surrounded by well-groomed and green territory on which the freely roaming chickens and cats.
Near Chinpracha house is a restaurant Blue Elephant
Temples Phuket Town
In addition to walking around the streets of the old quarter, you can visit the temples, of which in Phuket town is not enough.
We visited the Buddhist temple Wat Mongkolnimit (Wat Mongkol Nimit). Wat Mongkol Nimit is not just a temple, and the largest Thai monastery in the town and the centre of religious life of the population. The temple complex has a pretty decent area. By the way, is this temple close to the old city.
Parks Phuket Town
Park Chalerm Prakiat (Chalerm Prakiat Park). A small Park near the old center with a Golden dragon on the square.
Park Rama IX (King Rama 9 Park). The Park is named in honor of the deceased 13 Oct 2016 king of Thailand Pumipon Adulyadet, who bore the title "Great". This Park is quite large for Thailand, in the Park there are several ponds. A favorite place of rest and walks of the local residents, especially schoolchildren.
Park Zapata Hin (Saphan Hin Park). City Park, located in the heart of the city, and near the fishing port.
Viewpoint in Phuket Town
Anyone can climb one of the city hills Khao rang in the territory of which the eponymous viewpoint.
The Streets Of Phuket Town
Many local families are engaged in private business, keep small shops, eateries, cooking something and sell it, or fix appliances, bikes and so on. in her workshops. Often a business becomes a family and the participation of all family members. Income from business is often the only source of income for the family. In order to save money, stores open where I live on the first floors of the buildings facing the street. Part of the space allocated under the outlet, and some remains for the families. So often you can see such picture when in the retail store is the whole family, parents are busy trading or on the farm, grandparents sitting and watching the shop, and the kids help or play family fun, sitting on the floor.
Shopping in Phuket Town
For shopping, Phuket Town also provides many opportunities, there are modern shopping malls and some markets.
The most famous and visited market in Phuket Town is night (evening) weekend market (Night market). It is the largest market of Phuket, where you can buy, perhaps, anything from small Souvenirs and clothing, to foods and ready meals.
And close to Phuket Town is one of the largest and most visited shopping malls in Phuket - Central Festival (Central Festival Phuket).
Where to stay in Phuket town
In Phuket town, of course, is what to do and where to go. To fully explore all the charms of the city that one day was clearly insufficient. At least we day is not enough. If you come to Phuket town, then at least for a few days. Besides, prices for rental housing, hotels, apartments and other accommodation facilities here are lower than on the coast, and the choice thereof, from budget to luxury, very great.
All accommodation in Phuket town you can view and book here.
How to get to Phuket has to offer. a town on the island of Phuket
Yourself to get to Phuket Town is possible by public buses from the airport of Phuket and beaches of the island and the mainland.
Also, always from anywhere on the island can be reached all the way to Phuket Town and hire a motorbike or car.
Well, that's easier, you can book a private transfer in advance. At any time of the day, at the airport, you will meet your driver with a sign, which will be written your name and surname. For taxi is enough to tell us your flight details.
In Phuket Town on buses
The city has two bus terminals: the main and local (local).
The main terminal is located on the street of Phang nga. From there you can get anywhere: Bangkok, Takua PA, Trang, Khao Lak, Kuraburi, Ranong, Chumphon, Krabi, Satun, of Songololo, Patalong, Hatyai, Songkhla, Pattani, Nevsehir, Kolok, Surat Thani, etc. the terminal is suitable for those who come to Phuket town from afar.
Those who travels to Phuket, need a local terminal. The local bus stop is located on Ranong, near the Old town.
The buses run until 16:30 - 18:00 PM. The fare is 30 - 40 baht, depending on the beach.
Buses (songteo) travelling within the Islands, open, made of trucks, with benches in the cabin.