Phuket town is often overlooked in favour of the beaches, but there’s a lot to see and do (and spend your money on!) in this old town full of heritage buildings. Phuket Town features an exciting mix of old and new, simple and sophisticated, peaceful and pulsating.
The activity in Phuket Town is nearly around the clock. In the early morning, stoic monks take to the streets on their daily alms rounds and the fresh market buzzes with restaurant owners buying ingredients for the day’s meals. Non-stop bustle characterises the daytime, and lasts well into the evening. Nights are reserved for enjoying good company, whether at a restaurant, a disco, a quiet bar, or a combination of all three.
Phuket Town is the capital of the Province of Phuket and is already an attraction in itself. Despite the development it went through since the advent of tourism at the end of the 20th century, it somehow could retain most of its provincial charms but for the traffic jams. The most attractive district of Phuket City is its historical Old Town: a 400,000sqm area delimited by Dibuk Road to the North, Thepkasattri Road to the East, Ratsada Road to the South, and Patiphat Road to the West.
Our Top 5 Attractions in Phuket Town’s list below features nearly all important historical places and sites, as well as more recent additions to the city’s entertainment scenes, and two popular weekly markets that should be on the must-visit list of anyone coming to Phuket.