10 Things to Do in Phuket Old Town For A Fun-Filled Vacation

Activities to Do in Phuket Old Town

Visit The Memory at On On Hotel, Eat at Tunk-Ka Cafe, Explore Phuket Town Historical Centre, Take a stroll at Phang Nga Road , Witness Chinpracha House, Dine in luxury at Tu Kab Khao and many more.

There is an array of things to do in Phuket Old Town comprising sightseeing of prominent historical monuments and sites such as the Big Buddha and Sala Klang. Phuket is known for its water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, sea kayaking, as well as its tranquil nightlife with lively cafes and beach clubs. Exploring Phang Nga Bay is popular for its fascinating experience of walking into flooded caves and limestone cliffs. 

If you are a major shopping enthusiast  you can definitely pay a visit to Sunday Walking Street market and Indy night market where you can find anything and everything off the street. You can also gain ample knowledge about the traditions and cultural beliefs of Phuket by visiting the prominent Thaihua museum and Chinpracha House. There is a lot to explore in Old town and you will leave here with a lot of memories.

Here is the list of best things to do in Phuket old town:

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Visit The Memory at On On Hotel

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Formerly known as ‘Un Un Hotel’, ‘The memory at On On Hotel’ is one of the proudest and iconic possessions of Phuket Town. It is located in the heart of Phuket and is famous for making an appearance in the opening scenes of one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s blockbuster movies, “Beach”.

On On, constructed in 1929, is the oldest hotel established on Phuket island and vouched for the age of tin-mining. It is also one of the cheapest hotels of Phuket, despite the luxurious services they provide like private rooms, shuttle service, laundry, etc. which makes it totally value-for-money.

Location: 19 Phangnga Road, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Eat at Tunk-Ka Cafe

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Tunk-Ka cafe is a magnificent cafe widely spread over the hillsides of Khao Rang. It is considered to be one of the most romantic places of Phuket, and gives an amazing panoramic view of the entire city.

Due to its altitude, the weather here is amazing and usually breezy, topping up with its three separate terraces embedded with large trees, the place is always cool. The extensive menu here offers a huge variety of delicious Thai food along with the view of the Big Buddha statue. When visiting here, having lunch here with your friends and family should be one of the things to do in Phuket. 

Location: Khosambi Road, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Timings: Daily from 11AM to 9PM
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Explore Thai Hua Museum

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Thai Hua Museum is a magnificent, conserved, British-Colonial Mansion, situated on the Krabi road, in Phuket Old Town. It was originally built up as the first Chinese-language school of Phuket.

But fortunately enough, Kusonsongkhroh Foundation came and realised the potential of this exquisite, empty building and transformed it into a big display of art and crafts. There are also more than a couple of dozen exhibition rooms in this architecture, offering an extensive range of short films in both Chinese and Thai, available with English subtitles. If learning about Thai tradition is one of the things to do in Phuket list, you can learn a lot about Phuket’s traditional rites as well as its history of tin-mining years.

Location: 28 Krabi, Tambon Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Timings: Daily from 9AM to 5PM
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Explore Phuket Town Historical Centre

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Old Phuket Town is the historic landmark of Phuket. It plays a significant role in showcasing the integrity and honour of the history of Phuket. This district has been a constant evolution from its historic time, with the opening of fancy boutiques, coffee shops, and bars.

It also plays a commercial hub for the city with 2 major markets held on the Ranong Road. Phuket walking street is a night event held every sunday with musical performances and gift stalls that attract thousands of visitors all over the country. You can easily spend 2-3 hours hiking in this area with your family and enjoy the weather. 

Location: Phuket Old Town, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Timings: Open 24X7
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Visit Phuket Town Photo Gallery

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There are over dozens of art galleries in Phuket Old Town. Pab Khean Thai Art Gallery & Frame is one of the prominent ones. It is famous for its acrylic and oil paintings depicting both traditional Thai and contemporary Thai art forms.

The art gallery displays the artwork of the eponymous Pab Khean, so if you are an admirer of his work then you must pay a visit to this place. Pondering about what things to do in Phuket? You can enroll yourself in art and painting classes which are available on special requests. As there is no better way to attain appreciation for modern Thai art, than indulging yourself right into it.

Location: Thepkasattri Road (Theawnam), Talad Yai, A. Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand

Timings: Mon-Fri: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
                Sat-Sun: 10.00 am to 12am
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Take a stroll at Phang Nga Road

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Phang Nga road is one of the historical streets of Old Phuket Town, running parallel to the Thalang Road. It has a lot of charms, neighbourhood cafes, and various significant historical landmarks and monuments.

If you get the opportunity to visit this town, one of the things to do in Phuket is walk in these serene streets, you must definitely gaze at the splendid renovated infrastructures and museums. Phang Nga is one of the 5 major sois (narrow lanes) of Phuket Old Town with a great European influence, and cute sweetshops and art galleries clearly visible in the streets. 

Location: Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand

Timings: Open 24X7
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Dine in luxury at Tu Kab Khao

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Located in an extravagant Chino-Portuguese building, Tu Kab Khao, is an elegant restaurant portraying the grace of the Royal Family. It is set inside a vintage heritage site parallel to the ‘Shrine of the Serene Light’ on the Phang Nga Road.

It offers over 100 different items in the menu and a traditional Penang style decoration creating an ambient atmosphere within the restaurant. Enjoying their famous Pomelo salad with live old western songs in the background in a villa-like eatery, is an experience to die for. As luxe as it sounds, it is a relatively cheaper restaurant compared to the other restaurants in Phuket Old town.

Location: 8 Phangnga Road, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Timings: Daily 11:30AM to 9:45PM
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Feel at peace in Jui Tui Shrine

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Jui Tui Shrine is a Taoist shrine and plays a vital role in Phuket's annual vegetarian festival. It plays as a spiritual center for the town and is one of the oldest temples of the island. The main building of the shrine displays 3 attractive large altars with statues of Chinese Gods.

Jui Tui shrine is famous for monks who help you predict your future, with a bamboo stick and fortune sticks. So, if you wish to know how prosperous your future is going to be, you must add it to your list of things to do in Phuket.

Location: 283 Soi Phutorn, Tambon Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Timings: Daily 8AM to 8:30PM
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Witness Chinpracha House

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Formerly known as 'Baan Chinpracha', Chinpracha House is an amazing 2-storey mansion spread all over Phuket Town. Still holding to its Portuguese roots, this mansion possesses an old-fashioned charm, which holds it a place in your things to do in Phuket list.

This mansion has also been featured in some Hollywood movies like 'Young Indiana Jones' and 'Heaven and Earth'. Built in 1903, Chinpracha House still holds to its original reins and did not need renovation of any sort, giving it a vintage charm. It is a fusion of a classic museum and an assemblage of personal collectibles over a long period of time.

Location: 98 Krabi, Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Timings: Daily 9AM to 4:30PM
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Eat at Gallery Cafe

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While in Phuket, eating at this Gallery cafe is one of the must things to do. Gallery cafe is spread over various locations all over Phuket offering chic supper options at affordable prices. This place is also called the ‘Bagel heaven’ of Phuket for offering a huge variety of appetizing bagels.

Also, their breads are freshly baked in-house along with a variety of blended coffee beans. They provide a customer-friendly environment with outdoor space for dogs as well as kids' playful arena. 

Location: 19 Yaowarat Road Rawai, Talat Yai, Phuket Town, Phuket 83100 Thailand

Timings: Daily 8AM to 5PM
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  1. Which are the best places to visit in Phuket?

    1. Phuket Weekend Market: If you are a big shopping buff, you must visit Phuket weekend market, held every Saturday and Sunday (hence, the name). It attracts thousands of shoppers who can find almost anything here along with sample snacks such as fried insects, sushi, to calm your hunger.

    2. Phuket Trickeye Museum: Based on French painting technique, art of trompe-l’oeil meaning, “to deceive the eye”, Phuket Trickeye Museum displays a gallery of more than 100, 3-dimensional illusions created on flat surfaces which is a great catch for photography and well, is a lot of fun.

    3. Baan Teelanka: Baan Teelanka or the upside down house is a maze structured in a fully-furnished house, which is literally built leaning on the roof. Everything inside the house hangs in the opposite direction and you get a timeless experience to walk on the ceiling.

    4. Soi Romanee:  If you are a huge Instagram fan, then Soi Romanee or Soi Rommani, is just right for you with eye-pleasing walls and buildings ready to give your Instagram an aesthetic look. It is a 125m long, vintage street and a huge tourist-attraction, located in the heart of Phuket Old town.
  2. Which are the best things to do in Phuket?

    1. Sunbathing at Patong beach: Patong beach is the longest and busiest beach of Phuket. You may not be able to find an isolated spot for you to read and contemplate life, but you can surely get entertained by great markets and outdoor activities.

    2. Go Scuba Diving and Snorkeling: The water bodies around Phuket offer great conditions for water sports. The weather here is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving and to explore beautiful and colorful coral reefs. Many tourists come here specially to tend to these activities.

    3.  Visiting Phuket Big Buddha: Big Buddha statue is one of the most distinct monuments of Thailand, located at the top of Nakkerd hills. Sitting serenely at the top, Big Buddha gives you a great view of the entire city. You can also hear the tinkling and soothing sound of bells and see prayer flags flutter in the breeze at this place.

    4. Exploring Wat Chalong: Wat Chalong is one of the largest and most breathtaking temples of Phuket’s 29 temples. There are life size wax models devoted to 2 highly honored monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang. If you plan to visit this place, you must dress respectfully by covering your shoulders and knees and taking off your shoes in the temple.
  3. Which are the best Islands near Phuket?

    1. James Bond Island: Located in the Phang Nga Bay, James Bond island is a perfect place for all nature lovers to delve into. Its magnificent limestone formations extending from untouched green water is a beautiful sight for sore eyes. Also known as ‘Koh Ta-pu’ was featured in ‘the Man with Golden Gun’, a famous James Bond movie.

    2. Coral Island: Filled with multi-colored coral reefs, Coral island is located 10kms south of Phuket, and is also home to a number of species of exotic tropical fish. Getting to experience Parasailing, scuba diving and other water sports is considered as a must in things to do in Phuket.

    3. Phi Phi Island: Phi Phi islands makes up for a pristine peninsular region with brilliant turquoise waters, white powdery beaches and steep cliffs that end in beach-front jungles. It is one of the most inhabited islands of Phuket offering a lively and tranquil nightlife. People often come here for snorkeling and leisure activities.

    4. Racha Island: If you are into water sports and diving in crystal clear waters then Racha Island is perfect for you. It is now becoming a resort destination with the construction of bungalows and lodges nearby. Racha island is best suited for families with abundant marine life along the shores for kids to explore, and fishing tours for parents.
  4. How to reach Phuket?

    Flights: Phuket has an international airport of its own which is the second busiest airport of Thailand. There are direct flights from many countries such as India, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, etc.

    There are no direct trains to Phuket, one must commute till Phun Phin railway station, then a 5-hours drive by bus to reach Phuket.

    Road: The most reliable and comfortable way of travelling from Bangkok to Phuket is by a 13-hours bus ride available in both air conditioning and non-air conditioning with varied prices.
  5. What is the best time to visit Phuket?

    Phuket is known to have a tropical climate so it’s never really cold here. It is highly recommended to visit this place in the timespan of November to February to get the opportunity to explore all the things to do in Phuket.

    The weather mostly remains cold and dry during this time, ideal for beach activities and lower accomodation prices which also attracts a lot of tourists.
  6. What is Phuket famous for?

    Phuket is majorly famous for its vibrant weather throughout the year, breathtaking beaches, and friendly people which serves as a cherry on the top. It has always played as a welcoming host for foreigners all over the globe which also boosted their trade relations with a lot of countries. There are a lot of magnificent beaches, spicy Thai cuisines, and cultural variations to dive into in Phuket.

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