Monday, 10 December 2018

City Route

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Old Phuket Town

It is the historic area of the city and is noted for Sino-Portuguese buildings (the Chinese row houses) and Sino-Colonial mansions on both sides of the streets. The main streets of Old Phuket Town are, for example, Thalang, Phang-nga, Phuket, Ratsada, Krabi, Dibuk and Yaowarat.

Most Chinese row houses date back to the days of the tin mining boom during the 18th - 19th centuries when thousands of Chinese migrated to Phuket to work in the tin mines.
Later when Phuket became popular tourist destination, these old buildings have been converted into shops, hotels, restaurants and museums.

Phuket Thai Hua Museum

Located on Krabi Road, it is one of the best looking and well-maintained Sino-Portuguese buildings in Phuket. In 2008, it received a citation from the Association of Siamese Architects for outstanding conservation of architectural arts. Comprising 13 exhibition rooms, the museum exhibits tell a fascinating story of Phuket’s heritage and of the Chinese immigrants who made the island their home and became a crucial part of the city. The museum opens daily from 9 am. to 5 pm. The admission fee is 200 baht.

Khao Rang, (Phuket View Point)

A low hill on Kho Sim Bi Road near the town centre, this is an excellent place to view the beautiful scene of the town and the surrounding sea, especially on a full-moon night.
There is also a fitness park near the hilltop which is frequently visited by townspeople.

Saphan Hin Mining Monument

It was built in 1978 to commemorate the first metal ore-dredger used in Thailand, introduced by Australian Captain Edward Thomasmile in 1909. With the large ground in this area and shady pine trees, it is frequented by townspeople in the evening.

Phuket Gateway

Phuket Gateway, a modern building in Sino-Portuguese style, was built to celebrate the 80th birthday of His Late Majesty King Bhumibol in 2007. Phuket Gateway was established on 10 acres of land in Thalang District to be the first stop to welcome tourists who arrive on the island by crossing Thao Thep Krasattri Bridge.

Its main feature is a series of 29 pillars, from which visitors can learn Phuket’s history, arts and culture. In front of the building, there are also the sculptural works of art displaying a sea turtle and several of its gigantic eggs. The building also provides the tourist service centre, a mini theatre showing information about Phuket province, a library, a café, a souvenir shop and seminar rooms.

Phuket Gateway is open every day from 09.00 am to 05.00 pm. For more information, please contact the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization at 07 621 1877 or 07 621 1866.

Phuket Zoo

Here is an ideal place for animal lovers. You can get a close encounter with an amazing range of animals like crocodiles, camels, tigers, ostriches, emus, and other rare birds.

Besides, its aquarium has an amazing entrance built as a giant crocodile’s mouth, you have to walk down the crocodile’s throat to get in. In the huge tanks of thirty thousands liters inside show a variety of both freshwater and saltwater species from around the world. There are also crocodile wrestling, elephant and monkey shows.

For more information, tel. 076 374 424.

Open: Daily, 08.30 - 18.00 hours

Phuket Bird Park

The park has over one thousand birds of more than 100 amazing bird species from Asia, Africa and South America. By nestling the birds in a beautiful garden with a natural waterfall, they are placed closest to their natural habitats. Visitors can enjoy the fascinating bird show on a large stage.

Open : Daily, 09.00 – 17.00 hours

Phuket Botanic Garden

Phuket Botanic Garden boasts various collections of tropical and exotic plants in over 30 zones. Each zone contains different species such as tropical palms, herb garden, fragrant plants, fruit orchards, orchid pavilion, etc.
It is an excellent place to enjoy beauty of nature and to learn about the nature of plants from all over the world. Phuket Botanic Garden is open for visitors as a recreational attraction as well as a research centre for many rare plant species.

Open : 09.00-17.00 hrs. / Closed on Wednesday

For more information, tel. 0 7636 7095.


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