Phuket Travel: 7 Things to do in the historical Old Phuket Town
Many people know Phuket as one of the world’s famous island destinations. But aside from its dreamy beaches and busy nightlife, the historical Old Phuket Town has a lot of history and culture to share with the thousands of tourists and the mix of nationalities who have declared this town to be their home. Continue reading our Phuket travel guide about the Old Phuket Town and let us show you why it’s a charming old town you have to visit in Phuket.
Delight in the beauty of Sino-Portuguese-style buildings
Occupying a 400,000-sqm land area in Phuket city is the historical Old Phuket Town. It was once the centre of the tin mining industry in the 19th century and today, preserved 100-year-old Sino-Portuguese-style shop-houses line up the streets, showcasing beautiful historical sites that reflect the influence and cultural mixture in the history of Phuket. Dotted in some of the Old Phuket Town’s main streets such as Thalang Road, Phang Nga, Krabi, Yoawarat and Dibuk, these shop-houses have become restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, and galleries, making it one of the places to visit in Phuket after the sun sets.
Try Phuket’s Local Food Scene
One of the things to do in Phuket, aside from sightseeing, is to try what the Phuket food scene has to offer. While it is most famous for fresh seafood, Phuket is also home to a variety of other dishes that will satisfy your cravings and fill your appetite. Whether it’s a roadside noodle stall or a luxury restaurant with an ocean view, take your pick as Phuket hosts an expansive choice of restaurants and Hawker stalls to offer you the best of what the island has in store. International cuisines are also included in your list of food choices but don’t miss out on must-try Thai foods such as pad thai, kuay tiew, som tam, papaya salad, etc.
Tour the Chinpracha house
Baan Chinpracha is a large traditional Sino-Colonial-style house built on the island of Phuket over 100 years ago. Located on Krabi Road, Baan Chinpracha was the home of the Tandavanitj family when Pracha Tandavanitj inherited the house from his father. It is now turned into a museum, one of the Phuket attractions that are visited by tourists. Here, you can take a peek of how wealthy families used to live back in the days. Original furniture and a mix of collected items by the family are also displayed. The first floor is open to the public while the second floor, where the owners live, cannot be visited by guests. You can enter Baan Chinpracha for 100 Baht.
Take pictures of the famous Phuket street art
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If you walk around Phuket Town, you’ll realize that its charm and beauty lie not just in its historical buildings, but the colourful and beautiful street art that has dominated some parts of the town. The street art in Phuket Town is made by local and Thai artists, boasting their skills and decorating the town with creativity and talent. It has become one of the things that attract tourists, as many travellers would spend time taking pictures and exploring the rest of the town to find more street art, especially those that are hidden.
Visit the Thai Hua Museum
What’s a Phuket travel experience without knowing about the island’s past, right? Well, in the Thai Hua Museum on Krabi Road, you can have the chance to deeply immerse yourself in the history and culture of Phuket. Before, this Phuket tourist place was a Chinese Language School. These days, it is one of the places to visit in Phuket if you want a glimpse of the island’s historical past. It tells about the Chinese immigrants from years back, the relationship between the Chinese community and the people of Phuket and also the tin mining industry which was prevalent before. Today, it’s not only a museum but also an exhibit area and occasional function hall. The entrance for this attraction is 200 Baht and it is open daily from 9AM – 5PM, except for Wednesdays and public holidays.
Read books and sip coffee at Bookhemian cafe
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Bookhemian is among the many cafes you can find in Phuket. But what makes it stand out is the fact that they also sell used books here. Owned by a doctor who is also an artist, this Phuket attraction offers the perfect combination of coffee and books, plus your choice of cake, bread, appetizer or light breakfast from their expansive menu. They also have movie screenings which attract a wide variety of people from teenagers, students, working people, local and foreign tourists. The café is open daily from 9AM to 8:30PM.
Book your stay at The Memory at On On Hotel
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If you have the chance to stay in Phuket Town for a night or two, a highly recommended hotel is The Memory at On On Hotel. Contrary to how it looked like in Leonardo Di Caprio’s 2000 movie The Beach, The Memory at On On Hotel is actually a chic and beautiful Phuket hotel located at Phang Nga Road. Staying in this gorgeous hotel gives you a glimpse of the past and what it feels like to live in Sino-Portuguese-style buildings as the hotel is fully decorated with classic Thai and Chinese-style interior and architecture.
Excited for your Phuket travel experience? You can know more about other places to visit and things to do in Phuket when you read our travel guides. If you’re looking to explore the rest of Thailand, read our Thailand travel guides for some inspiration!