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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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    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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    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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    Show Of The Katoeys

    by RoyJava Updated Jan 11, 2005

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    Thailand is famous for its beautiful ladies with their golden smiles. Thailand is well-known too for its "Katoeys". Anyone who has spent more than a short time in Thailand, is likely to have come across Katoey, the catch-all term for Thailand's large number of transvestites and transsexuals, popularly referred to here in Japan as Mr Ladies of Lady-boys.

    Don't let this seemingly lenient attitude fool you, though. Even in a country associated, as pundits say, with loose sexual morals, tolerance does not necessarily mean acceptance, nor an absence of negative social scrutiny. Take a look-see and experience the utmost and extravaganza entertainment center of the South: the Katoey-Cabaret.

    These guys showed their superb sparkling to make a collection for the relatives of the X-mas tsunami ... and asked for attention with their famous golden smile ...

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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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    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 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

    by georeiser Updated Aug 31, 2010

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    Phuket town is a noisy town, and the temperature is very hot in the city. It is not much to do for tourists here, except for having appointments with a dentist or something like that.

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    Exploring Phuket town

    by trisanna Written Apr 27, 2005

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    Phuket town

    Phuket town is very interesting from an architectural standpoint. There are some great old colonial buildings-plus some shop houses. There is also a large Chinese feel to the place.

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