What to Do in Phuket Town

All Phuket Town Attractions A to Z

Wondering what to do in Phuket Town? At first sight, Phuket Town appears to some visitors as a sleepy provincial capital with not much going for it by way of attractions. Yet Phuket Town is steeped in history, has many attractive and unique temples and boasts top-rate viewpoints.

A favourite with more adventurous tourists is a stroll through the Old Town, an area that lives and breathes the island’s history of tin mining, some 200 years ago. Many of the temples used as bases during Phuket’s famous Vegetarian Festival are within walking distance of each other and there is even wildlife downtown, on Monkey Hill. Here’s a comprehensive guide to Phuket Town’s attractions.

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Other Attractions in Phuket Town

Amulet Market in Phuket

The Phuket Buddha image and amulet market is a specialised market that attracts many local and overseas Buddhists. The market is in a tiny alley off Rassada Road in Phuket Town, not far from the Fountain Circle and just a few steps from Salvatore’s Italian restaurant.

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  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 7pm
  • Location: Rassada Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Bang Neow Shrine

The Bang Neow Shrine, also spelt Bang Niew and known as Tao Buang Keng and Thep Rasi Foundation Shrine, is a beautiful place of worship in Phuket Town. Founded in 1904, it was originally part of another shrine at Soi Romanee in the Old Town. It has moved a few times – strangely enough always because of Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 10pm
  • Type: 15 Suthat Soi 2 Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Bang Rong Pier Phuket

Bang Rong Pier on the north-eastern side of Phuket Island is the main place for visitors to catch water taxis and speed boats to several of the nearby islands. It is close to the entrance to Phang Nga Bay and Koh Khai. Water access is available to Koh Yao Yai (Big Long Island), Koh Yao Noi (Little Long Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: Soi Mukthalang, Thep Kasattri, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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Hanuman World Phuket

Hanuman World Phuket is an exciting yet extremely safe treetop ziplining adventure just to the west of Phuket Town. With 30 thrilling lines up to 400 metres in length, dodging between huge and ancient trees in dense hillside jungle, it is a great way for families and thrill-seekers to get close to nature without risking either Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
  • Location: 105 Moo 4, Chao Fah Road, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)62 979 5533
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Hok Nguan Kung Shrine

Hok Nguan Kung Shrine, at the Surin Circle Clock Tower near The Metropole Hotel Phuket, has long been a religious centre of many Phuket families since it was founded more than 80 years ago.

The most important ritual object here is the crafted image of the deity Ju Su Kong (hence locals refer to this shrine as Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
  • Location: Surin Circle Clock Tower, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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IWP International Wake Park

IWP International Wake Park in Phuket is the best place to try the fun-filled activity of wakeboarding. The park uses a Rixen cable system and has 2 swimming pools with steam rooms overlooking the lake, so while chilling and relaxing you are still in view of the action.

International Wake Park also provides activities for families to spend a
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  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm
  • Location: 49/12 Moo 1, Soi Mo Yiam, Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)67 632 8542
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Jao Mae Kuan Im Shrine

Jao Mae Kuan Im is a small vintage shrine on Bangkok Road, right in the heart of Phuket Town, just a few steps from the Fountain Circle and the main fresh market. The shrine is over a century old and is devoted to Kuan Im, the Goddess of Mercy in Taoist mythology (also known as Guanyin Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 8pm
  • Location: 5166 Soi Im Chit 1, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Khao Rang Viewpoint in Phuket Town

Khao Rang Viewpoint – sometimes called Rang Hill Viewpoint – is among the most famous of the many viewpoints around Phuket. The charming location offers unrivalled views to the south, right across the island’s main city and all the way to the Big Buddha, atop the hills in the distance. Some of the small, verdant islands off

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  • Location: 145/5 Patiphat Road, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Kiew Tien Keng Shrine

Kiew Tien Keng (Kio Thian Keng Saphan Hin Shrine) is a stunning shrine set in a superb location at Saphan Hin Park in Phuket. Some consider it among the most beautiful places of worship on the island.

It’s the only shrine that is located near the seashore and is considered the departure spot to send all gods/deities Read More...

  • Location: Saphan Hin Park, Soi Bang Yai, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Koh Maphrao (Coconut Island)

Koh Maphrao (Coconut Island) is a small isle (measuring 2.5 x 1.5 km) around 500 metres off Phuket’s east coast. Facing Leam Hin, a popular seafood dining area just north of Phuket Town, Koh Maphrao is still rather undeveloped due to the fact that there’s no electricity on the island apart from private generators.

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  • Location: Ko Kaeo, Muang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
  • How to get there: By long-tail boat from Laem Hin pier
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Koh Sirey

Koh Sirey on the east side of Phuket Town sometimes feels more like a small cape than an island. Covering only about 20 sq km, most of Koh Sirey is delightfully free of construction and driving along its leafy eastside coastal road with its rubber plantations is a pleasure. It really often feels like Phuket decades Read More...

  • Location: Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Monkey Hill

Toe Sae Hill in Phuket Town is sometimes referred to as Monkey Hill. The reason why becomes fairly obvious after a few hundred metres when you come across a troupe of macaques munching away on fruit brought to them by locals.

Probably the highest hill in Phuket Town, Monkey Hill is home to a few TV Read More...

  • Location: Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Peranakan Phuket Museum

Peranakan Phuket Museum in Thalang offers you the chance to learn and absorb the history of Phuket through the gorgeous architectural surroundings. It’s a great alternative for people wanting to soak up the culture and look for an alternative way to cool off during the hot summer months.

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  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
  • Location: 124/1 Moo 1, Sri Soonthorn, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 313 556
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Phuket Boat Lagoon

The Boat Lagoon Phuket, next to Royal Phuket Marina in Koh Kaew, was the island's first marina complex. It is surrounded by a group of condominiums, the Boat Lagoon Resort, serviced apartments and restaurants, shops and offices.

Short- and long-term accommodation is available overlooking the marina.  This circular, 180-berth lagoon was originally a tidal flat at Read More...

  • Location: 22/1 Moo 2 Thepkasattri Rd, Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 239 888
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Phuket Old Streets

Phuket plays host to a wonderful mix of nationalities who have chosen to live here. There are Thais, Chinese, Malays, Indians and Nepalese, a young and growing Eurasian community and a unique mix of Hokkien Chinese and Thais called 'Baba'.

The Baba community's heritage is evident in Phuket's Old Town through the architecture, commerce, dress and Read More...

  • Location: Old Phuket Town, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Phuket Philatelic Museum

Phuket Philatelic Museum is located inside an 80-year-old building on Montri Road, which looks amazing from the outside. There are several sections inside, one that exhibits posters explaining how the Thai Postal Service has developed since its start during the reign of forward-thinking King Rama V.

Another room houses a good amount of old (some antique) equipment and machines such as telegraph tickers, telephones, and parcel-weighing machines. The last section is a souvenir room where sets of Thai stamps are on sale, along with other items. Over a thousand stamps of real vintage and interesting Thai stamps are on display, with information in both English and Thai.

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday–Sunday from 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Location: Montri Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Price Range: Free
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Put Cho Shrine

Put Cho Shrine (also nown as Put Jaw Chinese Temple) is the oldest Chinese temple on the island. The original was built about 200 years ago and underwent a major renovation in 1908. Some locals refer to the temple as Kwan Im Teng as it was built in honour of Kwan Im, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy.

Many locals come here to seek help when they have health issues. They shake a box full of bamboo sticks until one falls out, then use the number written on the stick to get a medication prescription from the temple and take it to a Chinese herbal medicine shop. Parents with Chinese heritage also come to get names for their newborn to ensure they have a good and long life. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6.30am to 8pm
  • Location: 289 Soi Phuthon, Ranong Road, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 213 190
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Rassada Pier Phuket

Rassada Pier is the main dock for boats and ferries travelling to and from Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Krabi and a host of smaller islands off the coast of Phuket. This popular pier is located just a few minutes southeast of Phuket Town, on the west coast of the island. It takes around one hour Read More...

  • Location: Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)91 821 7192
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Royal Phuket Marina

Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) is strategically located along the centre of Phuket's eastern seaboard, on the doorstep of famous Phang Nga Bay. The marina is Thailand's first world-class luxury lifestyle marina and stands on over 30 hectares of prime land, right next to Phuket Boat Lagoon in Koh Kaew and right by the road from Phuket Read More...

  • Location: 68 Moo 2, Thepkrasattri Rd, Kohkaew, Phuket 83200, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 360 811
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Samkong Shrine

Nobody knows exactly when Wat Sam Kong (Samkong Shrine) was built. All that is known is that a well-to-do family donated a plot of land together with images of some Taoist deities to start it off.

Since then, the shrine has been a major part of Samkong villagers’ lives especially when someone fell ill or needed Read More...

  • Location: 60 Phang-Nga Soi 2, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Saphan Hin

Saphan Hin is a popular seaside park which has had a long relationship with islanders since the boom of tin mining years ago in Phuket. It was a major trading port and the only beach located in Phuket Town.

It took a lot of work, money and more than 40 years to develop it into the Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 10pm
  • Location: 55/108 Chaofa Road, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • How to get there: In Phuket Town, head east on Phuket Road
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Kuan Tae Kun Shrine (Sapam Shrine)

Kuan Tae Kun Shrine (Sapam Shrine) is a compact little shrine located right on the roadside on Thepkasattri Road in the Sapam Village area. It is the result of the strong faith of the Chinese migrant community from Fujian, China who settled in this part of the island for more than 200 years.

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  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Type: 250 Soi Ruam Chai, Ko Kaeo, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Shrine of the Serene Light

The Shrine of the Serene Light is a landmark temple site that was built in 1889 by a local Chinese family and is relatively little known due to its concealed location on Yaowarat Road, near the Amulet Market in Phuket.

Further east, where Phang Nga Road meets Thepkassatri Road there is an old vacated bank building Read More...

  • Location: 72/1 Yaowarat Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Sino-Portuguese style houses in Old Phuket Town

A must-do in Phuket is a walk in the old part of Phuket City, around Thalang, Dibuk and Krabi roads. The beautiful architecture along these roads will take you back to the charm of a century ago.

According to Pranee Sakulpitpatana, a lecturer at Phuket Rajabhat University and one of the island’s premier historians, the architecture Read More...

  • Location: Old Phuket Town, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Soi Romanee

Soi Romanee (also spelt Soi Rommani and Soi Rommanee) is a street in the heart of Phuket Old Town is a must-do for anyone looking for Phuket’s historical vibes. A walk along the soi, the street that connects Thalang Road with Dibuk Road, evokes Phuket’s interesting history. 

Like many streets in Phuket’s old quarter, there are
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  • Type: Soi Rommani, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Thavorn Hotel Lobby Museum

This small museum in the lobby of the Thavorn Hotel in Phuket City is both eclectic and eccentric. An assortment of artifacts and photos, gathered by the Chinese-Thai family who run the Thavorn group, are displayed erratically in a rather dingy and dim setting.

In addition to an extensive collection of photos of old Phuket and Thai royalty, there are traditional Chinese wedding hats, tin mining equipment, toy trains, opium smoking beds and pillows, and movie posters. Stepping into this place really does feel like entering another era.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
  • Location: Thavorn Hotel, 74 Rassada Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66(0)76 211 3335
  • Price Range: 30 Baht
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The Memory at On On Hotel

Located along Phang Nga Road in Phuket Old Town and formerly known as On On Hotel (in Chinese, un un means ‘happiness for all visitors’), The Memory at On On Hotel went through a complete renovation in 2012 and 2013. On On was the first hotel to open on the island in 1929 and witnessed the Read More...

  • Location: 19 Phang Nga Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 363 700
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Vanich Farm Phuket

Vanich Farm Phuket covers a sprawling area of land near Phuket Town, created to showcase traditional Thai farming practices, including the planting process and growing stages of sweetcorn farming. It is designed to be a cultural learning centre for all things agricultural.

The activities of the agro-edutainment tour include showing all facilities, including the production of Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm
  • Location: 19/540 Soi Phatchani-Bang Chi Lao, Rassada, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 525 619
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Wat Kajonrangsan

Wat Kajonrangsan, or Wat Kajon for short, is an unusual Buddhist temple in terms of architecture. The main building (or Pra U-bosod) was built in the Roman style (unique to Phuket). It also has a beautiful set of Thai-style pagodas.

At about 7am to 8pm in the morning, visitors will come across quite a busy place. This is because Wat Kajonrangsan School is located in the same compound. It might be fun to be there early to observe the traditional Thai way of life where the temple is at the heart of everything, including education. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 5.30pm
  • Location: 26 Moo 1 Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Wat Khao Rang

Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham, also known as Sumnak Song Khao Rang, is a temple that enjoys a great location in Phuket Town, sitting on the slope of the popular Khao Rang (Rang Hill).

This is where visitors can discover a large golden sitting Buddha – the first of its kind on the island. This charming temple is Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to late afternoon
  • Type: Khao Rang Hill, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 222 520
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Wat Putta Mongkon

Often referred to as Wat Klang (meaning centre temple) because of its location in the heart of Phuket Town, Wat Putta Mongkon (also spelt Wat Buddhamongkol) has beautiful architectural features. This includes a yellow chedi (pagoda), a small bell tower and a Sino-Portuguese colonial mansion used as a dormitory for the temple monks.

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  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 5.30pm
  • Location: Dibuk Road, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Yok Ke Keng Shrine

Yok Ke Keng Shrine shares the same vicinity on Soi Phanieng in the Samkong area with Phuket Butterfly Farm. The original shrine was located on a watery rice field in front of the current location and access used to be difficult, especially during the monsoon season.

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  • Location: Soi Phanieng 3, Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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