Phuket Town is the capital of the Province of Phuket and is already an attraction in itself. Despite the development it went through since the advent of tourism at the end of the 20th century, it somehow could retain most of its provincial charms but for the traffic jams. The most attractive district of Phuket City is its historical Old Town: a 400,000-square-metre area delimited by Dibuk Road to the North, Thepkasattri Road to the East, Rassada Road to the South, and Patiphat Road to the West.
The list of top attractions in Phuket Town below features nearly all important historical places and sites, as well as more recent additions to the city’s entertainment scenes, plus 2 popular weekly markets that should be on the must-visit list of anyone coming to Phuket.
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flying Hanuman Ziplining Experience
- Canoeing Excursion in Phang Nga Bay with Thai Buffet Lunch
- Introduction to City Tour
- John Gray's Cave Canoeing Tour in Phang Nga Bay
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Phuket Old Town is the historical centre of Phuket Town (officially elevated to Phuket City since 2004, but its old name somehow stuck). Established during the peak of the tin mining industry at the end of the 19th century and beginning of 20th century, this district hosts superb mansions and beautifully preserved ‘shop-houses’ built in a Sino-colonial architecture. Phuket Old Town’s aspect is rather similar to Georgetown’s in Penang: ‘shop-houses’ with arcades flank both sides of the streets, and Chinese shrines are more numerous than Buddhist Temples.
Phuket Old Town is in constant evolution with the opening of many restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and bars, making it a lively place to hang around after sunset. During day time, it remains an important commercial hub with the 2 markets held on Ranong Road; and every Sundays, Phuket Walking Street is an extremely popular event held on Thalang Road that attracts thousands of visitors. Read More...
- Location: Old Phuket Town, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phuket Weekend Market (also known as Talad Tai Rot or Chao Fah Market) is the equivalent – at a lower scale – of Chatuchak Market in Bangkok. Held every Saturdays and Sundays (hence its name) on Wirat Hong Yok Road (off Chao Fa West Road, one kilometre south of Central Festival Phuket), it covers a 30,000-square-metre area. You could find almost anything (first and second-hand), be it souvenirs, pirated items, accessories, and live animals, as well as an entire section dedicated to local food. It is interesting to note that many items also available on Phuket west coast’s resort towns are sold here at far lower prices.
Attracting thousands of shoppers every weekend, this market gives a chance to sample street snacks such as satay (chicken or pork brochettes), fried insects, pastry (colourful cakes), kebab, sushi, dim sum (Cantonese steamed buns), and much more. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturday–Sunday from 4pm to 11pm
- Location: 7 Wirat Hong Yok Rd, Phuket Town, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phuket Walking Street is an extremely popular market/fair held every Sundays in the heart of Old Phuket Town on Thalang Road. This 350-metre-long commercial and the cosmopolitan street is already well frequented during the week due to the many shops, restaurants, bars and guesthouses it hosts, but reaches an affluence climax from 4pm to 8pm during this weekly event. Also known as Lardyai Phuket (Talaad Yai or ‘big market’ in Thai) Phuket Walking Street is a must-visit for people who would like to get a glimpse into southern Thailand life.
The event gathers an outstanding number of stalls selling an eclectic range of products – from handcrafted accessories and souvenirs to clothing to fancy jewellery. It’s a great place indeed to find original presents to bring back home. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sundays from 4pm to 10pm
- Location: Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Khao Rang (Rang Hill in English) is the second-highest summit in Phuket Town. Located in the north-western part of the city it is covered with lush vegetation and permit to take a breath of fresh air in a peaceful environment. Rang Hill summit is a famous for the views it offers out over the town and to Phuket Island’s southeastern coast and the islands lying off at a short distance (Phuket Big Buddha can also be seen from here).
The other highlights of Khao Rang are a Buddhist temple – Wat Khao Rang – that features a large sitting golden Buddha (the first ever built in Phuket); an exercise park near the summit (slightly overrun but still usable); restaurants at the top of the hill, and a beautifully landscaped grassy spot for picnickers. Read More...
- Location: Patiphat Road, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phuket Trickeye Museum is entirely dedicated to the art of trompe-l’oeil (French for ‘deceive the eye’), a painting technique that creates a 3-dimensional illusion on a 2-dimensional (flat) support. Set in a large 2-storey building at the intersection of Montri and Phang Nga roads, Phuket Trickeye Museum displays a gallery of something like 100 paintings offering great photo opportunities as well as a lot of fun.
Sample photos are available to indicate visitors how they should position themselves in front of the paintings in a way to take the most realistic illusional picture (it also means that the experience is better with friends so you could take each other’s photos). From classic paintings with a twist to scenes of modern life to historical settings to movie scenes, visitors travel a lot geographically and through time in this highly amusing museum. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 7pm
- Location: 130/1 Phangnga Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 212 806
Baan Chinpracha is a typical Sino-colonial mansion built in 1903 during the Phuket tin mining’s boost that has seen the establishment of the Chinese tin’s baron in Phuket Town. Baan Chinpracha is located off Krabi Road near the western end of Old Phuket Town, the historical district that has been entirely built during this time of economic growth in Phuket.
The owner of Baan Chinpracha is the grandson of one of these tin’s barons; with his wife, they decided to open some parts of the house - two upstairs bedrooms, the kitchen and all of the ground floor area – to visitors interested in having a sneak peek of how a wealthy Phuket family used to live many decades ago. The house is in perfect conditions and features most of its original décor and furnishing. People interested in history and architecture should not miss this heritage building when visiting Phuket Town. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 4.30pm
- Location: 98 Krabi Rd, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 211 281
Siam Niramit Phuket is a great theatrical show relating Thai historical, artistical and cultural facts and beliefs in an extravagant yet extremely professionally run performance. Siam Niramit Phuket complex is located just off the Bypass Road in the outskirts of Phuket Town. Divided into 3 acts, the show features songs, dance routines and traditional martial arts.
From the stage décor to the lighting to the special effects to the costumes, everything in the show has been very well thought out, and the result is spectacular and as educational as entertaining. It is suggested to arrive early to visit the surrounding attractions and facilities made of traditional Thai-style houses, a floating market, and souvenir shops. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Wendesday–Monday from 5pm with shows starting at 8.30pm (closed on Tuesdays)
- Location: 55/81 Moo 5, Rassada Road, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)7633 5001-2
Baan Teelanka - The Upside Down House is an extravagant new attraction in Phuket. Located on the Bypass Road, Baan Teelanka is a fully furnished three-storey house built literally leaning on its roof. The first impression when visiting this house is that you just went down the rabbit hole too far: all furniture and even a fish tank (fishes as well swim upside down!) hang from the floor as you walk on the ceiling from room to room; visiting Baan Teelanka is indeed a fun and brain-puzzling experience.
The house’s garden is not upside down (yet) but also offers what could be a ‘timeless’ experience: a maze; you know at what time you enter the maze but you do not know at what time you will get out from it! Drinks and snacks are available onsite. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9.05am to 6.15pm
- Location: 51/11 Village 5, Chalermprakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Road, Ratsada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)84 456 5279
Thai Hua Museum is set in a splendid well-preserved Sino-colonial mansion located on Krabi Road in Old Phuket Town. Originally used as a Chinese-language school, it went through an entire renovation in 2008 and reopened as a museum the same year. Nowadays, it also hosts art exhibitions and is used as an occasional function hall during the annual Phuket Old Town festival for instance.
Built during the Phuket’s tin mining boom of early 20th century, Thai Hua Museum is a large two-storey house that features a dozen exhibition rooms full of displays and information about the History of Phuket and of the actual influential Phuket families whose ancestors came from China to escape poverty. This very interesting museum brings to light a great range of facts and actions that lead to the development of the Phuket we know today. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
- Location: 28 Krabi Road, Talad Nuea, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 211 224
Jui Tui Shrine is a popular Chinese temple that plays a pivotal part in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Located on Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road, not far from Phuket’s main market, it’s a must-see site for all newcomers to Phuket as one of the oldest and the most respected spiritual centres around. Jui Tui Shrine main building itself has been through a number of renovations, resulting in an attractive exterior and interior with three large altars featuring statues of Chinese gods.
Its principal deity is Tean Hu Huan Soy, the god associated with performing artists and dancers (The Chinese opera regards him as their patron). His image is set in the middle and at the highest position on the main altar, accompanied by a statue of a dog and a chicken to each side. They are said to have been his favourite pets since childhood. Photography is allowed inside the hall. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 8.30pm
- Location: 283 Soi Phutorn, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 213 243