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  • Phuket Photo Tours

    by NatHarris Written Nov 12, 2012

    Walking Photo & Sightseeing Tour in Old Phuket Town - Great experience!

    I had read that the old quarter of Phuket Town has some nice Sino-Portuguese architecture, I wanted to have a look and Phuket Photo Tours was offering walking circuit with a professional photographer.
    The photographer (Isabelle) is your guide, providing you explanations and history of the buildings (for instance, Isabelle showed me the hotel where some scenes of the movie The Beach with Leonardo Di Caprio were filmed) and providing you also some tips to achieve better photos.

    I have learnt a lot about Phuket history and its golden days of tin mining and I went back with great pictures... Pretty cool.
    So, if you are looking for an activity a little bit of the beaten tracks, check out Phuket Photo Tours website.

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    Phuket Town: Chinatown

    by machomikemd Written Oct 31, 2012

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    This will be my Phuket Town Pictures of the Chinatown Area of Phuket Town.

    Phuket town is the Capital of Phuket province and is located at the East Side of Phuket Island, away from the main tourist areas but there are a number of attractions around it like the Wat Chalong Temple, Big Buddha, Kinnaree Elephant Show and more but there is hardly any attraction at Phuket Town besides Chinatown and the Chinese Colonial and Portuguese Colonial Style Buildings at the downtown area. Phuket Town is about 15 kilometers away from Patong Beach and is a 40 minute drive along winding mountain roads. Many of the tourists go here to shop around the Central Festival Mall and Supercheap Mall and at the Chinatown area as prices here of the goods are cheaper than the West Side of Phuket but if offset by the expensive ride to and from the area by a tuk tuk or taxi.

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    Capital of Phuket Province: Portuguese Buildings

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 31, 2012

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    This will be my Phuket Town Pictures of the Portuguese Buldings and some Chinese Colonial Houses.

    Phuket town is the Capital of Phuket province and is located at the East Side of Phuket Island, away from the main tourist areas but there are a number of attractions around it like the Wat Chalong Temple, Big Buddha, Kinnaree Elephant Show and more but there is hardly any attraction at Phuket Town besides Chinatown and the Chinese Colonial and Portuguese Colonial Style Buildings at the downtown area. Phuket Town is about 15 kilometers away from Patong Beach and is a 40 minute drive along winding mountain roads. Many of the tourists go here to shop around the Central Festival Mall and Supercheap Mall and at the Chinatown area as prices here of the goods are cheaper than the West Side of Phuket but if offset by the expensive ride to and from the area by a tuk tuk or taxi.

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    Shrine of the Serene Light

    by Willettsworld Written Jan 13, 2010
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    This delightful and colourful small shrine is located down a small alleyway in the old town and is said to be around 200 years old. Some of the original roof sculpture is displayed in a glass cabinet.

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    Phuket Philatelic Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Jan 13, 2010

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    This small museum is housed in the former post office which is a delightful single storey building, just to the east of the town centre. It exhibits some old post office equipment such as telex machines, scales, telephones, and a few stamp displays.

    Open: 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission: Free.

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    Sino-Portuguese Architecture

    by Willettsworld Written Jan 13, 2010
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    The beginning of the tin boom in the 19th century led to construction of many fine mansions and shops that are still well preserved in Phuket Town. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese and has a strongly Mediterranean character. Shops present a very narrow face onto the street but stretch back a long way. Many, especially on Dibuk Road, have old wooden doors with Chinese fretwork carving.

    Other streets, forming what might be called "Old Phuket", with similar structures are Phang-nga, Yaowarat, Thalang, and Krabi, and a walking tour of the area is easy and delightful.

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    The Town of Phuket

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 23, 2006

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    Phuket is a small local town which mainly has just a shopping centre. Today the chief attractions in Phuket Town is the architecture in the old Sino-Portuguese buildings, the detailed Thai temples, and the public markets.

    In downtown Phuket which is referred to as Chinatown, you will find Chinese shrines and shophouses , these have resulted from a large scale of Chinese immigrations who arrived seeking out of the tin wealth. Walking is the best way to experience Chinatown. The best way to appreciate the full layout of Phuket is to hike up Rang Hill, just to the town’s north. On the north side of the hill about half down is a giant nine metre tall seated figure of the Buddha in the ‘Suppression Evil' pose.

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    Chinese Temples

    by Myndo Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Chinese Temple, Phuket Town

    Phuket Town has an active community of Chinese, so it is no wonder, that you can find chinese temples here.

    You have to look a little bit around to find them. The one in the picture was only reachable through a tiny entrance way that goes from the road where also the On On Hotel is (see tip there): Thanon Phang Nga. If you stand with your back to the hotel, turn right and follow the road for about 50 m, then you come to the entrance on your right.

    The Temple was decorated for chinese New Year when we visited it. Quite a view.

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    View from the mountain

    by aserafica Written Nov 13, 2005

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    Town Centre or Peaceful Surin Beach

    Few realize that Phuket is actually very hilly. I took the photo of the town from a mountain top not too far from the town centre. yes, patong beach is busy and commercialised more quiet places are easily found in the outskirts of town. Thie other phto is taken from Surin beach (I think, the beach that is shared by The Chedi and Amanpuri.

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    Enjoy Phuket Town

    by Wann Written Oct 11, 2005

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    in town at night

    Some streets in downtown such as Thalang street,.. I saw many beautiful antique buildings, also some areas around the town. The locals said the architecture of buildings is the old Sino-Portuguese, were constructed nearly a hundred years ago, during the period of the first great tin boom. The landscape of the town is also beautiful and many nice small streets. In central of the town, the best way to explore is by foot I think. I spent most of the time of my trip in town and enjoyed many things the town offer, nice scene of city / streets, Saphan Hin park, shell museum, shopping and also enjoyed an easy meal in night market, more......

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    The best viewpoint in town -- > Rang Hill

    by Wann Written Oct 11, 2005

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    view from Rang Hill at night

    The best way to enjoy the full layout of Phuket town and southern part of the island, is to ride a car up to Rang Hill, or we call Khao Rang. Its just at the north of the town. Unfortunately I got there in the evening so what I can see is like on my picture. There are also a nice park and some restaurants up on the hill. If you visit Phuket town, don't miss !!

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    Phuket Town Residential Neighbourhood

    by shane_02 Written Oct 4, 2005

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    This is the environment of the local people living in the Phuket Town area. One of the reasons for them living there is due to the tourist influx that raised the property prices throughout Phuket with Patong being the most expensive sites.

    This picture is taken in the vicinity of where i stayed at a homestay in Phuket Town, Summer Breeze Inn.

    Have a taste living with the local Thai people.

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    Don't miss it

    by michelle_x11 Written Jul 29, 2005

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    typical street in Puket city - shops & appartments

    Please don't miss a visit to the capital of the island which is not Patong as some people might believe after a week spent on Patong beach....
    Most inhabitants would advise you not to go there and tell you that there is nothing to see. But i think it is a pretext because this is the economic pulse of the island and they maybe don't want it învaded by tourists. I think the islanders might want to keep the tourists in their resorts.
    I think it is interesting to see this city, the everyday working life of the people here.

    Shopping is great and will find much more quality ware then in Patong. There were some nice boutiques selling decorative stuff (Tyara) and also 2 department stores selling cheap shoes for instance.

    Just be warned of the "guides" that will come towrds you and offer you to show you the city. They will surely bring you their friends' shops and try to make you buy stuff. Just do it by yourself you can't get lost.

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    Shopping!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Jenelle7 Updated Jun 20, 2005

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    What can I say about Phuket Town? The shopping is the only reason to go there, so put on some confortable shoes and get ready to do some serious bargaining.

    There are quite a few shopping complexes in Phuket Town where bargaining is not allowed, but you are still guaranteed to get a good deal.
    There is Robinsons where there are thousands of pairs of womens shoes. Then there is the Big C, which sells bits and pieces of everything. There is also Phuket Shopping Centre, which is smaller but you will get a better deal.

    Then there are the shops on the streets. These shops sell clothes, shoes, bags and everything else you could want. You can bargain at these shops so make sure you don't settle for the first price they say. Always go to the next shop and see what they will offer you.

    Wherever you go, you are sure to have a great day out shopping.

    You may need to buy an extra suitcase though . . . .

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    Phuket Town Night Markets

    by Tina-Perth Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    I have visited these markets three times now and I have thoroughly enjoyed them each time. The people I have taken with me (including guys who hate markets) have all loved the experience and are eager to return - two of them have even said they could happily visit these markets nightly!!

    The markets are predominantly VERY fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood, pork and tasty, varied food. There are also dried foods such as spices and fish. So many kinds of food at bargain prices. The foods are really interesting as well as absolutely delicious!

    Make sure you don't eat before you visit as it is a great way to eat dinner. Most food goes for about 10 baht per serve. The best time to visit is from around 5.00-7.30pm. There is a later-night market on Ranong Road itself from around 9.00pm. Day markets also run from this area with more of the clothing.

    It is a great place to see the locals' way of life in Phuket. Some of the more interesting choices are; deep fried cockroaches and chickens bottoms on skewers. There are butchered frogs for sale along with a few other less palatable choices.

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