Phuket Old Town offers a leap to the past and a unique experience far away from the touristy Patong. Established at the end of the 19th century, some may refer to the district as the authentic Phuket. Standing as the historical center of the island, Phuket Old Town is home to colorful Sino-colonial mansions, Sino Portuguese shop-houses, charming restaurants and coffee shops.
From a cultural point of view, Phuket Old Towngathers an eclectic community of Thais, Malays, Chinese, Indians, Eurasian and Nepalese. The “Baba” community, a unique mix of Thais and Hokkien Chinese also settled in Phuket Old Town a long time ago. This community’s heritage reflects through the architecture, clothing and way of life.Wandering around the streets, you will come across shrines as well as Buddhist and Chinese temples.
WALKING TOUR IN PHUKET OLD TOWN
To take the most out of the visit, we recommend starting your walking tour of Phuket Old Town in the morning.
From 8.30am Phuket Old Town offers various options to experience breakfast as a local. Walking along the streets, you can try out a wide range of dim sum, Hokkien mee (Hokkien style noodle soups) or tasty Kanom Jeen (Thin rice noodles served with curry).
After a hearty breakfast, it’s time a digestive walk and for sightseeing.
Phuket Old Town consists in five main streets: Thalang Road, Dibuk Road, Phang Nga Road, Krabi Road and Rasada Road.
The main 400 meters long Thalang road hosts family businesses with colorful Sino Portuguese architecture, guesthouses and restaurants. Walking toward the west, one part of Thalang road also features Muslim shops selling delicious Roti with curry. At night time, Thalang road becomes quieter and offers a chill-out feeling for a drink and local dining experience. Most of the places close around 6.30 pm during weekdays and are closed on Sunday. Nevertheless, for those only spending the week-end in Phuket, they may experience Phuket Walking Street. Held every Sundays from 4 pm to 10 pm, the night market stretches along the street and offers to visitors Southern Thai culinary food specialties, gift stalls and local handicraft. This event is largely family-friendly with trampoline, toy stands and activities available for the children.
On Phang Nga road, you may be able to see the Shrine of the Serene Light, a Chinese temple boasting of a peaceful and serene garden. Dibuk Road is a wider road with recently renovated Chinese-style building and hosts a famous noodle shop, “Pheteow noodle shop” which tends to be crowded at lunch time. If you would like to know more about Phuket’s history, stop by Thai Hua Museum on Krabi Road. The museum which was formerly a Chinese language school, will give you an overview the relation between Phuket and China, Phuket’s Tin-mining period, customs and traditions as well as local food. Finally, at the end of Rasada Road there is a fountain with fish shapes. Continuing along Rasada road toward Ranong Road you may visit two Chinese temples.
Phuket Old Town is located 50 minutes away from Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa. Please contact the tour desk of our Phuket resort for any further information.