The Old Town is the most interesting part of Phuket Town. It’s full of history and beautiful architecture. We parked the car this lovely morning next to the Hai Leng Ong statue at Queen Sirikit Park. According to a Chinese legend, this golden sea dragon is the protector of Phuket. Not a bad place to start a walk.
From here, we passed the gate of Old Phuket Town and continued on Thalang Road, the main street of Phuket’s Old Town. This charming street, famous for the Sino-Portuguese buildings, has plenty of great shops, restaurants and small guesthouses.
Soi Rommanee is a beautiful little side street, famous for its colorful buildings.
A lime green Volkswagen Beetle parked at Soi Rommanee.
These colorful Sino-Portuguese houses were built during the tin mining boom in the late 1800’s.
Special features of these houses are the open-air entrances and louvred windows with thick walls to keep them cool.
From Soi Rommanee, back to Thalang Road and then we continued to Phang Nga Road. Here’s the entrance to the Shrine of the Serene Light, a Chinese temple built in 1889.
A bit up the road, you’ll find the Kasikorn Bank’s head office which attracts many tourists and locals. It’s considered the most beautiful bank building in Thailand.
On On Hotel, just opposite the bank, was featured in the movie The Beach, where Richard, played by Leonardo DiCaprio finds a map left by his strange neighbour. The hotel went through a major renovation a few years ago and is now an attractive place.
We continued up to the intersection of Phang Nga Road and Phuket Road to see the Promthep Clock Tower. Unfortunately, it was under restoration, and the clock and windows have been removed, and the old white building has now been painted yellow.
Rasta Café on Phuket Road.
Just opposite is the Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel, set in an elegant Sino-Portuguese building with a glass-roofed atrium. From here, we continued 100 meters up to Thalang Road where we parked the car.