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A Wonderful Mix of Old and New in Phuket Town
Speaking of Phuket, most people usually think about wonderful beaches with white sand and crystal clear water, but Phuket actually offers a lot more than that. When you visit Phuket Island on your holiday, make sure you also make the time to visit the Phuket Town. This often overlooked destination features a wonderful mix of old and new, peaceful and pulsating, also simple and sophisticated atmospheres.
Phuket Town is a place that never sleeps after the booming of tourism industry on the island. Since very early in the morning you can begin to observe the interesting life of this town. Stoic monks usually go to the street for their daily alms rounds early in the morning, and you can also visit the fresh market that’s crowded with restaurant owners buying fresh ingredients for their cuisines. From daytime, the bustle characteristics lasts until the sun is down. Phuket Town has lots of great venues for visitors who want to spend their night enjoying nightlife entertainment or great meals.
Attractions in Phuket Town
As the capital of Phuket Province, Phuket has undergone continuous development, but fortunately it could retain its provincial charm and historical touch. For visitors, there are so many interesting attractions in Phuket Town, some of the best are:
Phuket Old Town – Among other Phuket Town attractions, this one is a must visit. This is the historical center of Phuket that was first established during the peak of tin mining industry somewhere between the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century. There are many beautifully preserved shop-houses and gorgeous mansions with Sino-colonial architecture. There are also a number of beautiful Buddhist temples and Chinese shrines that add the charm of this wonderful town.
Phuket Weekend Market – This is the biggest shopping and dining venue in Phuket and one of the biggest in Thailand. You can find this market every Saturdays and Sundays, covering an area of about 30,000sqm. Everything from souvenirs, clothing, accessories, foods, even live animals and pirated items are available in this market.
Phuket Walking Street – An extremely popular market covering 350m long commercial street. This market/fair is held every Sunday located on Thalang Road right in the heart of the Old Phuket Town. There are various shops, bars and restaurants in the area. Phuket Walking Street usually gets really busy from 4pm to 10pm, and it could be a nice alternative to spend your night in Phuket.
Khao Rang – The second highest summit in Phuket Town, giving you a fantastic view of this beautiful historic town. From this spot you can view the town as well as the island’s south eastern coast and nearby islands.
Phuket Trickeye Museum – This museum is built in dedication to the art of trompe-l’oeil or eye deceiving art. It’s a perfect attraction for the whole family to enjoy.
Hotels in Phuket Town
There is more than enough choice for accommodation in Phuket Town, some of the best Phuket Town hotels include The Westin Siray Bay Resort, Royal Phuket City Hotel, The Nchantra Pool Suite Phuket, Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel, A2 Resort Phuket and many more.