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Old Phuket TownPhuket

Stroll through the quaint town center and capture photos of the exceptional Sino-Portuguese design of the majestic shop houses and museums in this historic district.

Charming cafés and museums line the streets of Old Phuket Town, which is an extension of Phuket City. Its narrow alleys and colonial plazas are filled with shrines, temples and quaint boutiques. Get a sense of the intriguing Thai history and traditions in this Old Town area.

Stroll through the heart of the area and take photos of the brightly colored colonial buildings. The Sino-Portuguese architecture pairs the colors of European colonial designs with the structure and intricate details of Chinese buildings. See the mansions that once belonged to the island’s tin industrialists.

Stop at various stalls for tasty Thai street food. The district also has an eclectic array of shops, bars and restaurants. Choose from the range of souvenirs to remember your trip. Examine the enchanting murals decorating the walls of the historic center.

The district is known for its beautiful shop houses, selling artisanal crafts and upscale delicacies. Visit the main street on Sunday evenings for the weekly night market, where you can browse all sorts of trinkets, food ingredients and relics.

Explore some of the museums, such as the Phuket Baba Museum. It explains how the descendants of Chinese immigrants first arrived on the island. Among the highlights is the Phuket Philatelic Museum, which sheds light on the region’s postal system and stamps. Inspect the array of old machines that were used to sort and send mail here. Bring your family to the fun and puzzling Phuket Trickeye Museum and recall the 1960s through the period décor and memorabilia in the Thavorn Museum.

Old Phuket Town is located in the southeastern corner of Phuket Island. Fly to Phuket International Airport and drive southeast for 20 miles (32 kilometers) to get here in about 45 minutes. Stop off at intriguing landmarks on the way, such as Monkey Hill, Rang Hill and Phuket Rajabhat University.

Spend some time in Old Phuket Town to get a fascinating glimpse into this island’s culture and history.


Popular places to visit in Old Phuket Town

Thai Hua Museum
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Thai Hua Museum

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Wat Mongkol Nimit

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Patong Beach
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Patong Beach

4/5(306 reviews)

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Karon Beach

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Bang Tao Beach

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Top things to do in Old Phuket Town

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Private The Former Glory of the Old Phuket Tour

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Phuket Jungle Xtreme Adventure

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Zipline and Kids Zone Adventure Park From Phuket

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Discover Phi Phi Island One Day Tour
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Top hotels in Old Phuket Town

The Memory at On On Hotel
The Memory at On On Hotel
3 out of 5
19 Phangnga Road, Tambon Talad Yai, Phuket, Phuket
The price is £38 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Located in Old Phuket Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Phuket Trickeye Museum and Phuket Sunday Night Market. Bangkok Hospital Phuket and Central ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (400 reviews)
Beautiful Hotel and very helpful Staff

"The Hotel is really beautiful and the staff is extremely helpful! Best to book ferries through them. :)"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

The Memory at On On Hotel
Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel
Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
26 Phuket Road, Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket, Phuket
The price is £36 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Located in Old Phuket Town, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Phuket Trickeye Museum and Phuket Sunday Night Market. Chinpracha House and Khao ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (266 reviews)

"The room is pretty basic. Kind of an old building. Beds were hard, but I enjoyed my sleep:) the building is gorgeous! The staff were super professional and nice. Not a high class bathroom but decent👍 the location is prime. I would stay again:) The front desk is helpful in helping you find or contact ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

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Ai Phuket Hostel
Ai Phuket Hostel
2 out of 5
88 Yaowarat Road, Taladyai, Muang Phuket, Phuket
The price is £16 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Located in Old Phuket Town, this hostel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Phuket Sunday Night Market and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Khao Rang Hill View Point. Chalong Temple ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (26 reviews)
Ai Phuket

"Really great location and the staff are super friendly. Basic but great value for the price."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020

Ai Phuket Hostel
Hugger Guest House
Hugger Guest House
2 out of 5
64/4 Moo 4, Rasada Road, T.Talad Neun, A.Muang Phuket, Phuket
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £18 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Located in Old Phuket Town, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Phuket Trickeye Museum and Phuket Sunday Night Market. Bangkok Hospital Phuket and Central ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Bathroom beauty

"Incredibly friendly establishment. Very hands off style, come and go as you please. I found the bathroom set-up to be the coolest part of the building"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2018

Hugger Guest House
Isara Boutique Hotel and Cafe
Isara Boutique Hotel and Cafe
3 out of 5
72 Krabi road, Tambol Ta Lad Neau, Phuket, Phuket
The price is £35 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Located in Old Phuket Town, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Chalong Temple, Phuket Aquarium and Bangla Road. Patong Beach and Big Buddha are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"feels like the building has lots of history to it. I enjoyed my stay"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020

Isara Boutique Hotel and Cafe
Hostel Our Nomad
Hostel Our Nomad
2 out of 5
183/73-183/74 Phang Nga Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Phuket
The price is £25 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

Located in Old Phuket Town, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Phuket Trickeye Museum and Phuket Sunday Night Market. Bangkok Hospital Phuket and Central ...

2.5/5 (2 reviews)

"Nice place and clean room Shower room would be shut by door"…"

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2019

Hostel Our Nomad
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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