Phuket Town attractions

Museum in Phuket Town

Chinpracha House

Built in 1903 on tin-mining riches, this beautifully preserved Sino-Portuguese mansion should make any antique- or architecture-lover's list. Others might find the four-poster steel beds done up in Victorian lace a …
Museum in Phuket Town

Phuket Thaihua Museum

Founded in 1934 and formerly a Chinese-language school, this flashy museum is filled with photos, videos and English-language exhibits on Phuket’s history, from the Chinese migration (many influential Phuketian fami…
Taoist Shrine in Phuket Town

Jui Tui Shrine

One of the island's most important Chinese shrines, this red-washed, elevated complex is dedicated to Tean Hu Huan Soy, god of performers and dancers. It’s also the major base for serious (read: violently pierced) p…
Historic Building in Phuket Town

Standard Chartered Bank

Thailand's sun-yellow oldest foreign bank is a fine example of Phuket Town's historic Sino-Portuguese architecture. Though you can admire the restored century-old exterior at any time, inside is a small, modest muse…
Historic Building in Phuket Town

Thai Police Building

Painted in a striking yellowy mango shade, this ancient building has a unique, early 1990s four-storey clock tower and a traditional police-cap roof. The clock-tower face stood blank for 50 years until the budget al…
Shrine in Phuket Town

Shrine of the Serene Light

A handful of Chinese temples pump colour into Phuket Town, but this restored shrine, tucked away up a 50m alley now adorned with modern murals, is particularly atmospheric, with its Taoist etchings on the walls and …
Viewpoint in Phuket Town

Khao Rang

For a bird’s-eye view of the city, climb (or drive) up Khao Rang, 2.5km northwest of Phuket Town centre. An overhanging viewing platform opens up 270-degree panoramas across Phuket Town to Chalong Bay, Laem Phanwa a…
Street in Phuket Town

Soi Romanee

Branching off Th Thalang, at the heart of the Old Town, this small, vibrant street flaunts some of Phuket's most gorgeously revamped Sino-Portuguese architecture. Once home to brothels, gambling and opium dens, it n…
Historic Building in Phuket Town

Thavorn Hotel

Opened in 1961 by the tin-mining Chinese-Thai Thavorn Wong Wongse family, the Thavorn was Phuket's original five-star. It's one of the oldest hotels around still operating. Although the facade is unimpressive, the w…
Museum in Phuket Town

Phuket Philatelic Museum

The island's original post and telegraph office, a fine whitewashed example of Phuket's Sino-Portuguese architecture, now houses the Phuket Philatelic Museum, where you'll find a small collection of stamps, phones a…