Phuket is well-known all over the world as a splendid vacation destination – and for good reason. Known for tin mining in its history, the mining trade was once the city’s primary income and reason for being known. So, the labour forces used to bring out the wealth from under the earth settled and made their own communities, intermingling into the area that is now known as the Phuket Old Town, bursting at the seams with history and culture, speaking to its visitors through the walls and through the ages.
One of the first and most striking things you’ll see when visiting the area is the architecture, the buildings, easily noticeable to be from a different time. It’s got fascinating Sino-Portuguese designs that you’ll hardly find anywhere else in the world, blending European and Chinese techniques into a unique view for anyone who lays their eyes upon it. Vibrant hues and intricate designs galore.
The Cultural Facets
Like the rest of Thailand, Phuket is heavily comprised of its religious nature in addition to its tourist traps and natural spectacles. Considering its predominantly Buddhist demographic, you can find much in the ways of stupas, pagodas, and other Buddhist iconographies peppered throughout the landscape. Try to visit if you want a deep dive into Phuket’s religious culture!
Thailand is also famous for its culinary journeys, and Phuket is no exception. Being multicultural from its very inception, you can find delectable Thai cuisine right alongside European fare, making it a gourmet heaven for those so inclined. Explore some of the best Bang Tao beach restaurants, and you’ll quickly discover the shining star that is Phuket cuisine.
There’s no visit to Phuket Old Town without dropping a few hours into some souvenir expeditions. Check out the wide variety of boutiques, handicrafts, delicacies, accessories, and clothing that’s available to you – right within reach of splendid accommodations such as the SAii Laguna Phuket, an excellent partner for any hospitality needs that you may come across, and a lovely home base to your Phuket explorations.