Sunday, 29 January 2012

Sino-Portuguese Houses in Phuket Town

In the 18th century, much of the island’s tin mining was carried out by Hokkien Chinese who became the big players in building the old part of the city. In the early 20th century, under Governor Phraya Rassada Nupradit, major European mining companies were invited in, and the major public infrastructure such as roads and canals was built.

No one knows exactly when the first building in this style was constructed, but old photographs from the reign of King Rama V (1853-1910) show that it was already well established by then. Two styles of building in particular stand out: the shop-house (Sino-Portuguese style) and the big mansion (Sino-Colonial style).

Read more: Old Phuket Town - Sino-Portuguese Houses

There are a number of different Sino-Portuguese houses in Phuket Town and I am unable to make a map of all of the special places to visit.

I have found that Asia Web Direct do produce a good list of interesting buildings however.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Sapan Hin Fair and much much more

Sapan Hin is an area South of Phuket which is predominantly full of Thai people.

Sapan Hin may seem like an ordinary place 
but there are a great number of things that it is.
There is a market each evening.
It is where the last night of the Vegetarian Ceremony is.
There is motor racing.
There are special markets - ie OTOP, Islam food

Phuket bicycle planted some trees.
There is a Chinese Shrine.
Bowls in the evening.
There is a Naval Museum.
Musical Fountain.
more, more
and the Sapan Hin Fair...

View Sapan Hin - South Phuket in a larger map

Sunday, 22 January 2012

An updated map to Phuket Town

I have previously extolled the virtues of the Phuket Walking map in a previous blog which is written by Art & Culture in Phuket Town BUT now Asia Web Direct have taken the same map and then added links to it.


BUT please do not forget that if you want a guide contact Phuket Heritage Trails via their facebook page.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Central Festival Phuket Town

Central Festival has a plethora of restaurants, snack bars, shops and more shops.  It is in air condition so it is a place to escape to when it rains or it is simply too hot.

What would I recommend in Central Festival

1) Phuket Alpha - computer support
2) Swensens Ice Cream
3) Wine Connection restaurant
4) B2S - books and more
5) Gymboree play centre
6) The Cinema - SFX - The Coliseum
7) Little carts...

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Nike, Reebok, Adidas and more - Originals

Where can you go to buy those expensive trainers?

The Second Hand Shoe Shop in Phuket Town 
- opposite Bang Neow Chinese Shrine.


Thursday, 12 January 2012

Phuthai Souvenir Market

Phuthai Souvenir Market - a warehouse with tacky souvenirs inside - your taxi driver might receive some petrol coupons...

There is a baby elephant outside to feed...

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Khao Kad Viewpoint Tower

Khao Kad viewpoint is certainly a place to go to see the view from the 
South of Phuket island.  

If it is a beautiful day the view can be quite splendid but there is very little more there to see. At the bottom of the tower is a car park and very little else (when we were there).

There is very little there unless you are into geocaching...