CNN Travel Features Phuket Town Among Asia’s Most Picturesque
CNN Travel has recently released an article which highlights 13 most picturesque towns in Asia, and the charming Phuket’s Old Town is featured among them
Unlike many Thai provincial capitals, Phuket Town fairly shines with personality and nowhere more so than its Old Town. The beautiful island’s capital is not only renowned for its pristine white-sand beaches and maritime tourism activities, Phuket Town also offers romance, history and cultural beauty, which makes it even more attractive for tourists. This is evidenced by a large number of foreign tourists who flock each year in Phuket Town, most of them hails from China.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said that the article correctly highlighted Phuket’s cultural diversity and history—things that are often overlooked by its popular beaches. “Phuket Town retains its charm and unique identity that comes from the influence of the Baba-Peranakan culture, which started when Chinese families migrated to Phuket. We are seeing more fully independent tourists with discretionary spending power who want the unique experiences that Phuket Town is rich in,” said Mr. Yuthasak.
It is true that Phuket is famous for its beaches, but the Thai island offers abundant opportunities for cultural immersion. As stated by CNN, “The historic old quarter of Phuket Town, located in the centre of the island, is lined with Sino-Colonial style shop houses, built during the island’s tin-mining boom of the 18th and 19th centuries.” Furthermore, CNN also stated that Phuket Town has plenty of hip shops, cafés, restaurants and bars, including the batik shops along Thalang Road run by ethnic Malays and Indians. The area is also filled with Chinese temples, crumbling mansions, cultural museums and a nunnery.
The news network also recommended that one of the best ways to enjoy Phuket Town’s rich culture and bohemian atmosphere was to find a local guided tour to explore the historical sites and traditional culture of the Old Town. On top of that, CNN also noted that “Phuket Town is also where you’ll find some of the island’s top restaurants, ideal for those who have had enough of the same old fare served in the beach zones.” Travellers can indulge in some of the best restaurants such as Southern Thai specialist Raya, Tantitium and One Chun, among others.