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Phuket Town

Phuket Town

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Phuket is the capital of the island province of Phuket, which is in South Thailand. While most travelers come to the island for its beaches, Phuket Town is where travelers can experience the true culture of Phuket. The architecture reflects the main history of the island: a mix of Portuguese style buildings with Chinese elements; in fact the city is dotted with Taoist and Buddhist temples everywhere. Phuket Town was an important hub for Portuguese during traffics with China; at the same time Phuket was an important tin mine, where Chinese workers were called to do the hardest job. The historical center is in fact Yaowarad Road, which means China Town. This is one visit that shouldn't be missed during a trip to Phuket. You will find shops, restaurants, coffee shops inside 100-150 year-old Sino-Portuguese style buildings, situated on several roads around Phuket Town area that are worth visiting; an experience out of time.



Sights and Activities

  • Jui Tui and Put Jaw Temples (corner of Ranong Road and Soi Phuthon, just west of the Ranong bus terminal) - Put Jaw is the oldest Chinese Taoist temple in Phuket, built over 200 years ago and dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy (Kwun Im), while the adjacent and connected Jui Tui is its larger, more modern annex. If you have a question that is puzzling you, ask it and throw the two red mango-shaped pieces in front of the altar in the air: if they land same side up, the answer is "no". If they land different sides up, the answer is "yes". Free admission, but donations welcome.
  • Khao Rang (เขารัง) - A great view of Phuket Town, the southern part of the island, and some of the offshore islands, can be obtained by going to the top of Khao Rang Hill, on the town's northwest border. There are also several restaurants featuring spectacular views of the city, a health park for exercise enthusiasts, and a comfortable, expanse of grass at the top with a bronze statue of Phraya Ratsada Nupradit, the revered Governor of Phuket during King Rama V's reign.
  • Old Phuket (ย่านเมืองเก่าภูเก็ต), Dibuk Road, Phang Nga Road, Yaowarat Road, Thalang Road, Krabi Road - The beginning of the tin boom in the 19th century led to construction of many fine mansions and shops that are still well-preserved. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese and has a strong Mediterranean character. Shops present a very narrow face to the street, but stretch back a long way. Many, especially on Dibuk Rd, have old wooden doors with Chinese fretwork carving. Other streets, forming what might be called "Old Phuket", with similar structures are Phang Nga Rd, Yaowarat Rd, Thalang Rd, and Krabi Rd, and a walking tour of the area is easy and delightful. Some other old European-style buildings of note are the Provincial Hall, the Phuket Courthouse, and Siam City Bank.




Like much of Thailand, the weather here is of the tropical variety, meaning hot and humid conditions year-round. Temperatures hover around 32 °C during the day and 25 °C at night, with just a few degrees difference between the warmest and coolest months. Humidity is mostly around 80% or more, so be sure to drink enough fluids! November to February in general is the driest time of the year, with just some regular showers (later afternoon) and a mix of clouds and sun. Rain increases from March onwards, reaching a peak in August and September before preparing again for the somewhat drier and cooler season.



Getting There

By Plane

Phuket International Airport (HKT) is located about 30 kilometres from Phuket City and has a wide range of international flights. International destinations include Kuala Lumpur, Berlin, Munich, Beijing, Seoul, Milan, Rome, Taipei, Guangzhou, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Penang, Sydney, Shanghai, Singapore, Perth, Moscow, Kaohsiung, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Domestic services are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Pattaya.

Buses run to the airport between 05:30-18:30, and from the airport between 06:30 to 20:45, every 1 to 1.5 hours.
There is a large sign on the wall with times. Pay on the bus, and not at the terminal.

By Bus

Buses and songthaews connect Phuket Town to major beaches around the island, and start from Ranong Rd at the Ranong market. To get there if you are at the old (number one) bus station, walk back out to the road you came in on, and turn right. (Phang Nga Rd) Walk to the end of the road, about a kilometre, turn left, then right again and you will see the large blue songthaews a couple of hundred metres along on the left. The first ones you come to go to Patong. Further along, they go to the other beaches. You will also see buses going to Patong at the bus station itself, for 40 baht.

The most popular service at the market is the one to Patong (25 baht, 45 minutes) which leaves every 30 minutes between 07:00 and 18:00. Fares to other beaches range from 15 to 30 baht. If you miss the last bus back a taxi will cost 200-400 depending on your bargaining skills.

Bus Terminal 1 (the old terminal downtown) has no markings indicating it is Terminal 1. Buses from here run to local destinations, for example, Khao Lak and Takua Pa. To Khao Lak is 90-120 baht.



Getting Around

Phuket Town is just a little too big to be covered comfortably on foot. There's little organised public transport as such, but motorbike taxis and four wheeled tuk-tuks cruise about looking for fares.




  • China Inn Cafe & Restaurant, 20 Thalang Rd, ☎ +66 76 356239 - Dinner in beautiful historic Sino-Portuguese building in Phuket old town with romantic atmosphere. Thai and European food. Open: M-W, 11:00-18:00; Th-Sa, 11:00-23:00. Closed Su.
  • Phuketiquette (formerly Circle Cafe) (on Ranong Circle, between Rasada and Yaowarat), ☎ +66 76 221458. 08:00-21:00 - Home of arguably the best coffee in Phuket, and probably the best value for money in Phuket Town. Great mix of Thai and international food, and a very friendly, young owner who will offer you great advice on what to see and do while in Phuket. Free Wi-Fi, DVD club. 50-200 baht.
  • Farang Restaurant (Chaloem Kiat Rd, next to Index), ☎ +66 94 63142 - Italian and Thai food.
  • Fuji Japanese Restaurant, Central Festival Phuket 3rd Fl., ☎ +66 76 249861-2 - Fine Japanese restaurant with reasonable prices




  • Anything Goes (87 Yaowarad Rd) - A newly-opened shop is a nice and cozy spot for all travellers and locals who enjoy Sino-Portuguese style building. They have delicious homemade Italian ice-cream, coffee, beers, and their own special recipes of cocktails, all at affordable prices. Besides that, the place also has design products and accessories made in Thailand that are great ideas for gifts.

Nicest venues on Yaowarad road are Sanaeha, Rockin' Angels and Timber Hut.
Nicest venues on Dibuk road are Ploen Chit and Sofa.
Nicest venues on Rassada road are Anna's Pub, Phuket Brasserie.




3rd Street Cafe100/3-4 Kata Night Bazaar, Kata Road, KaronHostel-
A Zone HotelA zone 182/14 Phang Muang Sai Kor Road Patong PhuHotel-
Absolute At Panta Phuket310/51 Moo 1, Baandon Cherngtalay Road, Thalang District.hotel-
Absolute Bangla Suites68/1 Soi Bangla Patong Beach, KathuHotel-
Absolute Beach Resort72/8, Muen-ngen Road, Tri Trang beach Kathuhotel-
Absolute Chandara Resort & Spa99/1 Moo 6, Ban Ao Por Pa Khlok, Thalanghotel-
Absolute Nakalay Resort6/113 Moo.6 Kathu Kamalahostel-
Absolute Patong Ville Resort & Spa19 Sirirat Road, Patong beach Kathu, Phukethostel-
Absolute Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa42/1 Taveewong road Patong Beach, Kathuhostel-
Airport Camping90/9 Moo 1, T. Saku A. ThalangCampsite-
Airport Resort80/15 Moo 1 Sakhu Thalanghotel-
Andaman Place Guesthouse52/12 Rat-U-Thit 200 years Rd Patong, KathuGuesthouse-
Andaman Seaview Resort Bang Tao82/9 Moo 2 Baan Bangtao Cheangthalayhostel-
Andatel Patong Phuket41/9 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road Patong Beachhotel-
Ao Kham Resort11/1 Sakdidej Road Vichithotel-
Aquamarine Resort17/38 Moo 6, Kamala Beach A.KathuHotel-
Arimana Hotel64/1 Nanai Road Patong Beach, KatuHotel-
Asia Loop G-HouseSiriraj Rd. 2.17/20 Patong BeachGuesthouse-
Aspery Hotel5/41-51 Patong Beach Road Patong Beach, KathuHotel-
Avantika Boutique Hotel4/1 Thaweewong Rd.,Patong Beach, Kathu,hotel-
Baan Boa Resort16 Thaweewong Road Patong, KathuHotel-
Baan Karon Hill Phuket8/3 Moo 1, Patak Road Karon BeachHostel-
Baan Krating Phuket Resort11/3 Moo 1, Wiset Road Tambol Rawai Ao Sane Beachhotel-
Baan Maksong96/1 Moo 7, Wichitsongkram Road, Kathu, KathuHotel-
Baan Suay381 Pattak. R.D T.KaronHotel87
Baan Suay Backpackers383 patak road T.Karon phuketHostel84
Baan Yuree Resort12/1 Petchakut Rd. Patong BeachHotel-
Bang Yai Park View6/18 Moo. 1 Soi Tida, Chalermprakiat Road T. Kratoo A.KratooApartment-
Bangkok Residence Hotel181 Sansabai Roadhostel-
Banthai Beach Resort & Spa94 Thaveewong Road Patong BeachHotel-
Baramee Hip Hotel188/38 Phungmung Sai ko Road, (Thanon sai Sam) Kathu, Patong Beach , PhuketHotel83
Baramee Resortel266 Prabaramee Road Patong Beach - Kathuhotel-
Bel Aire Resort, Phuket59/1-3 Sainamyen Road, Patong, KathuHotel-
Benyada Lodge106/52 Moo3, Surin beach, Cherngtalay, Talang Phuket Thailand 83110Hotel-
Beshert Guesthouse516/13 Patak road, Karon PhuketHostel-
Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort562 , Patak Road Karon beach Muanghotel-
Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa124/29 Moo #3, Tumbon Cheung Thalay, ThalangHotel-
Bhukitta Hotel & Spa22, 22, 24, 26, 28, Phang Nga T.Talad Yai, Muanghotel80
Blue Ocean Resort174/6 Pisitkanaree Road Patong BeachHotel-
Blue Sky ResidenceSoi Sevatasai,Nanai Rd Patong BeachHotel-
Bodega189/3 Rat U Thithotel93
Burasari Resort18/110 Ruamjai Road PatongHotel-
Casa e Marekok tanod road 90/9 kataHotel85
Chaba Hotel98/13-17 Kata Road Karonhotel-
Chalermporn Guest House74/32 Nanai Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, PhuketGuesthouse-
Chang Club Hotel179/7 Soi San Sabai, Patong Beachhostel-
Chang Residence Patong156/1 Nanai R Patong Beachhostel-
Connect Guesthouse125/8-9 Rat-U-Thit Road Kathu, Patong Beach, PhuketGuesthouse-
Coolphuket hostel8/1 Sutat Rd. A. MaungHostel-
Coral Island Club1/16 Moo 9 Chaofa Rdhostel-
Coral Island Resort48/11 Chaofa Rd. Chalong Bayhostel-
Crown Hostel169/3 Soi Sansabai, Rat-U-Tit Road Patong beachhostel-
Dive DenSoi baan zaan PatongHostel80
Eden Bungalow Resort1 Chaloemphakiat Road Patong Beachhostel-
Ekkamon Mansion47 Phang Nga Soi 2 Phang Nga RoadHostel79
Green Island Guesthouse516/15 Patak Road Karon BeachGuesthouse-
Hemingway188/17-20, Phangmuang Sai-Kor road Patong BeachHostel-
Hillside257/2 Nanai Road Patong BeachGuesthouse94
Hotel Capri106?17-18 Moo3 Cherngtalay Thalang Kathu Phukethotel-
Hotel Kata Center Inn112/12 Taina Road, Kata Center, Ph Kata Center, 83100Hotel-
International House of Travellers101 Vichitsongkram Rd. (Opposite Phuket Golf and Country Club)hostel-
Jang Resort210/23 Soi Kebsub Rach U-Thit 200 Pee Rd. Patong Beachhotel-
Jinta Andaman98/45 Patak Road Kata KaronHostel76
Juno Residence129/6 Nanai Road, Patong Beach KathuApartment-
Kamala Beach Hotel and Resort96/42-3 Moo#3hostel-
Karma Guesthouse Phuket5 Sirijat RoadHostel-
Karon Living Room Hotel481 Patak Rd., Muanghotel86
Karon Studio363 Patak Road Karon Beachapartment-
Karon Whale Resort Phuket538/3 Patak Rd Karonhotel-
Kata Beach Center Hotel98/47 Kata RoadHotel-
Kata Beach Resort1 Pakbang Rd. Tambon Karon Muang Districthotel-
Kata Beach Spa Resort95 Pakbang road Kata BeachGuesthouse-
Kata Country House82 Kata Road Tambon Karon, MuangHostel-
Kata Villa100 Karon RdHotel-
Kaya House52/24 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd., ( Opposite Andatel Hotel ) PatongGuesthouse-
Kokosnuss73/118 Moo 3, Soi 7 (Pajak), Kamala, KathuGuesthouse-
Lanna Thai Boutique Guesthouse159/7 Nanai Rd Kathuguesthouse-
Leelawadee Boutique Hotel1/1 Siriraj Road Patong Beach, Amphur KathuHotel-
Legends Guesthouse & Bar516/6 Patak Road Karon BeachGuesthouse-
Little Buddha Guesthouse74/31 Nanai Road, Patong BeachGuesthouse-
Lub Sbuy Guest House183/79-80 Phang-nga Road A.Muang, PhuketHostel82
M&K GuesthouseSoi Baanzan 74/7 Patong beachGuesthouse76
Malisa Villa Suites20/10 Karon Road Karon beach Muanghostel-
Mei Zhou Phuket Hotel1/5 Luangpohwatchalong Rd,. T.Taladyai A.Muang, PHotel-
Metadee Resort66 Kata Road, Kata Beach A.MuangHotel-
Mom Tri's Boathouse182 Koketanod Rd, MuangHotel-
Moser Guesthouse241/233 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road Patong, Kathu, PhuketGuesthouse-
Mussee Patong Hotel34/44 Prachanukrao Rd. Patong KatuHotel-
MVC Patong House94/10 Sai Namyen Rd., Patong Beach, T. Patong, A.KHostel-
Naiharn Garden Resort Vil & Spa15/12 Moo.1, Viset Road, Soi.Saiyuan, T.Rawai, Mua T.RawaiHotel-
Naiya Harn Beach95/22 Moo 1 Tambol Rawai Amphur Muanghotel-
Nanai Residence35 Soi Nanai 2 Patong Patong BeachHotel-
Nilly's Marina Inn22,24,26 Patong Beach Thaweewong RoadHotel-
Orchid Hotel and Spa318-320 Prabaramee Rd Soi 7 Patong Beach, Kathuhotel-
Palm Garden Resort4/10 Moo 5, Soi Ruam-U-Thit Ao ChalongHotel-
Paradies-zum-Ross47/5 Soi Sermuk Moo 4 Phuket / Rawaihostel-
Patong Backpacker House74 Hasip pee Road ,(Yak Pak Lak) Patong , KathuHostel-
Patong Pearl Resortel13 Sawasdeeruk Road, Patong Beach, KathuHostel-
Patong Premier Resort118 Rat-U-Thid 200 Pee RoadHotel-
Peter Pan Guest housesoi nanai songGuesthouse-
Phu-ke-ta Hotel24/5 Thepkasatri Rd, M.6, T.Rasada, MuangHotel-
Phuket Backpacker165 Ranong Rd. Maung T. Taladyai PhuketHostel75
Phuket Heritage Hotel558/6 M.1 Patak Rdhostel-
Phuket International Youth Hostel73/11 W. Chowfah Road, Chalonghostel-
Phuket Island Pavilion133 Satoon Road Muang Districthotel-
Phuket Orchid Resort34, Luangporchuan Rd. Tambon Karon Muang Districthotel-
Pineapple Guesthouse291/4 Patak Road KaronHostel86
Poppa Palace14, 16 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Soi 1 Tambon PatongHotel-
Residence Edouard66/33 Soi Virajit, Nanai Rd., Patong Kathu Districthotel-
Rome Place Hotel23/8 Soi Hub-Aik Phuket Road, MUang, Phuket 83000Hotel-
Rumblefish Adventure Inn98/79 Kata Rd the Beach Center,Kata BeachHostel-
Sabai Dee Patong Guesthouse74/41 Soi Ban Zaan, Nanai Road Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 ThailandGuesthouse-
Samkong Place369/142 Yaowarat Road Taladyai Muang Phuket 83000Hostel80
Seapines Bed and Breakfast111 Bang Malao, Nai Yang Beach Sakuu, TalangGuesthouse-
Seaside Cottages129/1 Moo 3 Mai KhaoCampsite86
Secret Cliff Resort & Restaurant707 Patak Rd Patong Beachhotel-
Seeka Boutique Resort164/8 Nanai Rd., Patong Beach, KathuHotel-
Seven SeasSoi Phrabarami 4, Phrabarami road, Patong, Kathu,Hotel-
Siam House169/22 Soi Sansabai,Rat-u-thit Road Patong beachHostel77
Sino House Phuket Hotel and Apartment1 Montree Rd., T.Talad Yai Muang Phukethostel-
Som Guesthouse52/14,RAT-U-THIT RD.,PATONG KathuHostel64
Sorrento GuesthouseSoi Karon 25 Kata BeachGuesthouse-
Southern Fried RiceKata Road 100/14-15 Karon, PhuketHostel-
Squareone241/34 Rat-u-thit Road Patong BeachHotel82
Sugar Palm Grand Hillside1 Khoktanod soi 3, Kata Beach, Kata Roadhotel-
Sugar Palm Karon Resort542/1 Patak Road Karon Beach Muanghotel-
Sugar Palm Resort & Spa20/10 Kata Road Kata beach Muanghotel-
Sunwest Apartment74/11 Poonpol Rd Tambol Tala Amphur Muanghotel-
Sunwest Guesthouse37 Phang-nga soi 2guesthouse-
Sunwing Resort & Spa – Bangtao Beach96/66 Moo 3, Kamala Beach Kathuhostel-
Sunwing Resort - Kamala Beach22 Moo#2 Chueng Thalayhostel-
Supalai Resort & Spa Phuket69/9 Moo.6, Ao Po-Lang Daeng Rd Paklok, Thalanghotel-
Surin Sabai Condominium25 Moo 3 Srisunthorn Road Surin Beach Cherngthalayapartment-
Tanamas House57/16 Moo1 Nai Yang Beach Sakoo Thalanghotel-
Tenta NakaraNaka Yai Island Pa Klok Sub District Thalang Districthostel-
Thai Oriental Inn209/9-10 Rat-U-Thit Song Roy Pee Road Kathu, Patonghotel-
Thavorn Grand Plaza40/5 Chanacharoen Rd Muang Phukethotel-
The Beshert33/52 Patak Road Soi Islandia, Karon BeachHostel-
The Bird Cage6/1-3 PatongGuesthouse-
The Blue Marine Resort & Spa290/1 Prabaramee Roadhotel-
The Nap Patong10/4 Sawasdirak Rdhotel-
The Sea5/56 Haad Patong Road Patong Beach, Kathuhostel-
the SKY dream Hotel138/3 Chalermprakiat R.9 Rassada Maung PhuketHotel-
The Tavern SorrentoSoi Postoffice Thaweewong RoadGuesthouse-
The Waterfront Suites Phuket224/21 Karon Roadhotel-
Tiger Inn Patong140 Rat-U-Thit 200 Peehostel-
Tom Tom Tropical Camping112/2 Moo3 Bangtao CherngtalayCampsite-
Tony and Eak Guesthouse213 - 215 Khoktanot Rdguesthouse-
Tri Tang Beach Resort68 Mueanngen Rdhostel-
Tropical Garden Resort247 Koktanode Road,Kata Beach,T.Karon A.muangHotel-
Tropical Resort62 Kata Road T. Karon A. Muanghotel-
Twin Inn74/15-20 Phoolphol Road, Tambon Taladnua Amphur MHostel-
Wanna Lai Place62/46 Moo5, Soi Navarak,thumpun ratchada AumphurApartment-
Welcome Inn241/2 & 241/3 Rat-U-Thit Road Patong Beach Phukethotel-



Keep Connected


There are countless internet bars across the country in big and small towns. Internet cafés are widespread and most are inexpensive. Prices as low as 15 baht/hour are commonplace, and speed of connection is generally reasonable, but many cafes close at midnight. Higher prices prevail in major package-tourist destinations (60 baht/hour is typical, 120 baht/hour is not unusual). Keyloggers are all too often installed on the computers in cheap cafes, so be on your guard if using online banking, stock broking or even PayPal. Remember that in the smaller towns and more traditional areas the owners and staff of internet bars prefer if customers take off their shoes at the entrance and leave them outside. This might seem strange although this gesture goes a far way to make friends and give a positive image of foreigners to Thai people.

Outside the most competitive tourist areas, free Wi-Fi is not as common as in neighbouring countries in many budget hotels and guesthouses and they may charge small fee for Internet by LAN or Wi-Fi even if you bring your own laptop. Wi-Fi is commonly available in cafes and restaurants serving Westerners.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The international code for Thailand is 66. 999 connects to all emergency services. Standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. 911 for Tourist Police Department, English available.

For mobile phone users, Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers - AIS, DTAC and Truemove - which may be useful if you have a mobile phone that will work on either one or both of the GSM 900 or 1800 frequency bands (consult your phone's technical specifications). If you have one, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers in any convenience store for as little as 50-200 baht and charge it up as you go. Using your own mobile phone while on holiday with a Thai pre-paid SIM card can save a lot of money and lets you give your number to family back home, so they can have an emergency contact number.


Thailand Post is the Thai postal service that deals with all local and international mail in Thailand. The business is operated from local post offices. Post offices are easy to recognise with their red white and blue motifs and the words 'Thailand Post' in English and Thai above the entrance. They are open from Monday to Saturday, usually 8:30am to 4:30pm (main ones until around 8:00pm), though keeping shorter hours on Saturdays (usually until 1:00pm). They are generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Each post office offers a comprehensive service which includes an Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel post. They also have a price calculator for letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. They also have a track and trace system and money transfer services. If you want to send packages, it might be a good idea to check with private courier companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and generally quite competitively priced.


Quick Facts


  • Latitude: 7.877130
  • Longitude: 98.384560


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