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Rebekah Joy
Rebekah Joy

Ye olde Phuket, who would have thought it? Hidden away from most of the tourists (those who only want to go to girly bars and Pattong) is one of Thailand’s hidden gems. Old and crumbling Sino-Portuguese architecture, treasure shops, galleries, tea houses and tiles make up what is known as Phuket Town. Take a Songtow there, available from most places this handy bus should be about 30 baht. First timers should probably take a map. Pick a free one up from any tourist shop and get walking. Some of the sites to behold are:


Phra Phitak Chyn Pracha Mansion, 9 Krabi Road. A lush Portuguese/ Chinese mansion. You wont be able to enter but its worth a walk past for the surreal setting alone.

Pud Jowl Shrine. Near Jui Tui Shrine on Ranong Road. Built over a century ago, many Chinese deities revered by the Hokkien people are housed here.

Jui Tui Tao Bo Keng Shrine on Ranong Road. This temple is significant for physical health and for those who use it as a base during the Vegetarian Festival.

Shrine of Serene Light. Built in the late 1880's the temple walls are lined with murals, there is even a secret passage.

Siam Indigo, 8 Phang Nga Road, exotic restaurant and boutique. Filled with Asian treasures & serving Asian bistro fare.

Fortune Shop, 12-16 Radsada Rd, Muang, Phuket. Pewter, Silver, Benjarong, Pearls, Thai Silk, Textiles, Celadon, Ornaments and Handicrafts.

Natural Restaurant, 62/5 Soi Phutorn, Bangkok Road, Ph076.224.287. Soothing atmosphere in a myriad of tropical plants and water features.

China Inn, 20 Thalang Road, Phuket Town. My personal favourite, wander through the Chinese treasures and antiques, admire the Portuguese architecture and cool down beneath the old antique fans. Lunch or dinner is served out on the patio surrounded by orchids and exotic shrubbery.

Oriental Pleasure, 27 Radsada Road, Phuket 076 355 439. Aromatherapy, Spa Products, Handmade Silver, Stones, Pearls, Thai Silk, Bedcovers and tablecloths.

Aubergine,115 Phang Nga Road, Phuket Town Ethnic fashion, accessories and decorative items set in an old Portuguese interior.

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