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Chino-Portugal Architecture Building and Phuket Old Town

3 May 2015
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Besides its famous natural attractions such as Panwa Cape and Patong Beach, a walk in Phuket Old Town is also something that you cannot miss.  You will get to see charming buildings influenced by Chinese and Portuguese architectures, visit many interesting art galleries, and dine in classic restaurants that provide real local taste.  Strolling around in Phuket Old Town for half a day will surely take you back 100 years in time

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Phuket is one of the oldestcities with a long history in Thailand. This old town used to be the important port of the west of Malay Peninsula where Chinese people from oversea came for settling business and where cassiterite can be found. Phuket used to be ruled by the western both Portugal and Holland. This is why Phuket becomes major growing community and becomes the meeting location for those two major cultures from two different countries.

Phuket Old Town is made up of residences, shop-houses, and office buildings.  These charming Chino- Portuguese colonial style architectures are one of Phuket’s unique identities.  They were built during the 18th century when tin mining and foreign trade in Phuket were utmost popular.  The shop-houses generally built in rows along the street using bricks and mortar just like European did, with Chinese decorations on doors and windows.  There are many distinctive features of these shop-houses.  First, they are rectangle shape with narrow entrances.  Second, the house has an open space with a well at the center, which is open to the sky for washing purpose.  Finally, there is an arcade at the front of each house connecting together along the street; offering shade and shelter to the public.  Besides beautiful architectures, Phuket Old Town is the place where you can find classic café and restaurants, interesting art galleys, and hip guesthouses as well.

The old buildings situated in Phuket town certainly represent the prosperity of the culture. These old buildings have been constructed more than hundred years since the mining business was popular. The architectural style is European mixed with Chinese modern called “Sino-Portuguese” style; it is often a medium single or two-storied building with more area inside than the wideness. From the tiles, doors, perforated windows to other details, they are all influenced by Chinese and European style mixed together. You can visit these buildings at Thalang road, Deebook road, PhangNga road, Yaowarat road and Krabi road.


These buildings are not only the symbol of Phuket town, but are also part of local people’s daily lives until the present. They function as a city hall, provincial court, Siam City Bank, office places and other residences; they are well taken care of by the new generation. Also, nowadays Phuket city municipal has provided old part of city’s walking route for tourists in order to appreciate these buildings and the daily life of people in Phuket. The distance for sightseeing the old part of Phuket is approximately 4.6 kilometers with short 6 routes. For those who are interested in experiencing Phuket’s old atmosphere, these routes are certainly perfect for the visit.

  • Address
: Thalang Rd, Soi Rommanee, Krabi Rd,  Phang-nga Rd, Dibuk Rd, Yaowarat Rd, Phuket Rd, Muaeng District, Phuket Province 83000
  • Best time
: Anytime
  • Activities
: A stroll in Phuket Old Town, taste local food and southern cuisine, visit museum and art galleries.

How to get there

  • Take Thep Kasattri 402 Road to Phuket Town, and choose one of the streets you like to visit. Find yourself a parking spot along the street and enjoy.

Map of Chino-Portugal Architecture Building and Phuket Town

Contact Details : Contact Phuket Municipal Office Tel. 07-621-4325