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Old Town

Thai name : เมือง จังหวัดภูเก็ต

GPS : 7.88396972,98.38834139 (See on the map)
Phuket
Phuket
Phuket
Phuket

Presentation

In Phuket, in general, people rush to the beaches, but the city also deserves a close look. The area of ??Phuket old town sometimes called the historic district includes mainly in Sino-Portuguese style old houses. A unique and colorful architecture inherited from Phuket history when the city attracted many communities interested by rubber and tin.

Phuket Old Town can easily be visited by wlaking. The most interesting streets are Thaland Road, Krabi Road, Dibuk Road, Phang Nga Road, Yaowarad Road, Ranong Road and Ratsada Road, and ofcourse Soi Romanee (in Thalang Road). In general, people start the visit by the Chartered Bank at the intersection of Road Phuket and Phang Nga Road and walk in Phang Nga Road to discover the On On Hotel (where Leonardo DiCaprio stays at the beginning movie "The beach "), before taking Yaowarad Raod (turn right) to Thalang Road and there you are free to choose where to go but I suggest you do a loop and go to Dibuk Road (3rd from left), then take Satun Road (turn left), then Krabi Road (turn left) where you can visit Thai Hua Museum, then go straight into Thaland Road remembering to go look Soi Romanee.

Practical information about Old Town

From Phuket beaches, you can take the blue local buses that take you to Phuket Town for around 45 THB and get down at the local market on Ranong Road. Then, you go on your right towards to the Fountain Circle and continue straight on Ratsada Road and then 2nd left (Soi Pradit) and you'll be in Phang Nga Road not far from the On On Hotel.

From the bus terminal number 1 in the heart of the city, it takes only a small 15 minutes walk to reach Phuket Old Town. Note, if the experience tempts you, that there are some guesthouses in old houses in the neighborhood. The coolest is probably Old Town Hostel that offers double rooms and dormitories. Less traditional, a 1-minute walk from the old town, the Quip Hostel with a roof bar and comfortable beds is a good option (you can hear the traffic, earplugs can be useful if you're a light sleeper).

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