Although Phuket Town is rather popular with local residents as well as expats, unfortunately many tourists never end up visiting Phuket Town. The Phuket guide does highly recommend all travelers and tourists to spend at least half a day in Phuket Town as there are plenty of interesting sights and activities and there are more than a few great Phuket Town restaurants, shopping venues and nightlife establishments.
Most of the travelers that do visit or stay in Phuket Town are local Thai business travelers as well as Asian tourists. The majority of western tourists that stay at a local Phuket town hotel or guesthouse tend to be budget travelers or backpackers. The obvious reason is of course that most western travelers prefer to stay a one of the Phuket resort areas close by to one of the beautiful Phuket beaches. Please note however that Phuket town is a charming city where the new and old blend rather nicely.
The Phuket guide includes a variety of information about Phuket Town. If you would like to spend some time in Phuket Town then be sure to read our entire article about Phuket town.
Phuket Town Location
Phuket Town is located on the east coast of Phuket. There are various roads leading directly to Phuket town from various different locations on Phuket including Patong / Kathu, Chalong Bay and Thalang / Phuket International Airport. If you are traveling to Phuket Town from Phuket International Airport then the ride will take about 30 minutes. There are various methods of transport to Phuket Town including the Airport Express Bus Service, Taxi, Limousine, Mini Bus and regular Phuket Bus service. If you are traveling from Patong beach then the trip will take around 10 to 15 minutes. Rawai is also located about a 10 minutes drive away from Phuket Town however that road is often under construction so that drive could take longer.
Phuket Town Attractions
Phuket Town has a lot of historic building. When visiting Phuket Town you will notice plenty of buildings with Sino architecture. This is due to the large number of Chinese immigrants which moved to Phuket hundreds of years ago. These immigrants would often work in the mines. This has lead to Phuket Town having a strong Chinese influence which is also reflected in the various different Phuket Town Chinese temples and shrines. If you spend the day driving or walking around Phuket Town then you will certainly see rather interesting and impressive architecture and building.
Phuket Town Shopping
The main Phuket Town shopping area which is of interest to expats and travelers is the Phuket Town Ocean mall area. Shoppers will also find a large Robinson’s department store at this excellent Phuket Town shopping area as well as a Cinema, many small boutiques and food and beverage outlets. Some other excellent Phuket Town shopping venues include various great outdoor markets including the famous Phuket Town night market. Nearby to Phuket Town are also located such popular Phuket shopping venues such as Phuket Tesco Lotus, Makro, Super Cheap and the Big C.
Phuket Town Hotels
Most of the Phuket Town hotels are business travel orientated hotels as well as infamous Thai style short time hotels. If you do decide on spending a few nights in Phuket Town then the Phuket guide would like to recommend the following outstanding Phuket Town hotels to you.
Royal Phuket City Hotel
This is an outstanding 4 star hotel located in the city center of Phuket City and it is largest hotel in Phuket town. This Phuket Town hotel is located very close by to the main Phuket Town bus station as well as the various Phuket Town entertainment and shopping venues.
Phuket Island Pavilion Hotel
This somewhat older three star Phuket Town hotel offers extremely good value for money and is located close by to the historic city center of Phuket town.
Phuket Town Nightlife
If you are getting bored with the nightlife in Patong beach then you should definitely head over to Phuket Town. There are plenty of great Phuket Town nightlife venues where the regular Thai people party at night together with many Phuket expats. This section of the Phuket guide includes listings of some of the most popular Phuket Town nightlife venues.
Phuket Town Timber Hut
The Timber Hut in Phuket Town is one of the oldest and most popular Phuket Town nightlife venues. The Phuket Town Timber Hut can best be described as somewhat of a mix between a pub and a live music club. The house band of this Phuket Town nightlife venue is considered to be as one of the best in Southern Thailand.
O'Malley's Irish Pub Phuket Town
There is one Irish bar in Phuket town and that is O’Malley’s. If you are lucky then there will be some live music and they have a pretty good selection of western style pub food.
9 Richter Disco Phuket Town
One of the trendiest Phuket Town nightlife venues is most certainly the 9 Richter Disco. They have some very talented DJ’s that spin at this Phuket Town nightlife venue and the crowd at 9 Richter tends to be young, hip and beautiful.
Phuket Town Restaurants
The great thing about going dining in Phuket Town is that generally the prices at the restaurants are less expensive that what you would encounter in Patong beach or Surin beach for example. This is why many expats enjoy eating at one of the excellent Phuket town restaurants. We have listed down below for you some of the best restaurants in Phuket Town.
Salvatore's Phuket Town
If you are in Phuket Town and would like to enjoy a great pizza or plate of pasta then be sure to visit Salvatore’s which is considered by many local residents as one of the best Italian restaurants on Phuket. We do advice for you to make a reservation if possible as it can get rather crowded at times.
Phuket Town Watermark Bar & Restaurant
The Watermark Bar & Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Phuket and is located in the world famous Phuket Boat Lagoon marina. They serve excellent Thai and Italian food and you will be surrounded by multimillion dollar yachts.....
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