Phuket Town is the vibrant heart of Phuket Island, a mix of Chinese, Portuguese and Indian influences that can be seen in its distinctive architecture and food. From eccentric galleries and coffee shops to tranquil Taoist shrines and swanky nightclubs, you’ll be enchanted by Phuket’s art, music and nightlife.
Things to do in Phuket City
Among the colourful 19th-century buildings of Old Town is Chinpracha House, an elegant colonial mansion that still has much of its original furniture. Admire the imported Italian floor tiles, then pay a visit to the 1930s manor that houses Thai Hua Museum and showcases exhibits on the city’s culture and history. Don’t miss the beautiful Chinese-influenced architecture, especially the Shrine of Serene Light.
Hoping to bag a bargain? Phuket Weekend Market has a collection of curios, souvenirs and trinkets on sale, as well as food and clothes. Visit the Phuket Amulet Market to browse charms for protection and good fortune or try a fried cricket and drink fresh coconut milk at the Night Market.
If you want to get out of town, Phuket Big Buddha is an impressive structure with a lovely view of the southern part of the island. Khao Rang also has imposing views and plenty of scenic restaurants where you can have lunch or dinner overlooking the town. The most popular evening entertainment in Phuket is Siam Niramit, a spectacular stage show and dinner buffet exhibiting Thai history and culture.
Getting around Phuket City
Modern air-conditioned buses operate routes all over Phuket Town, along with an abundance of taxis and motorbike taxis. Take a ride in a tuk-tuk for a classic Thai experience or use buses and share-taxis to reach the main beaches around the island.