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A Town of Tradition and Treasures

Phuket town is a small urban treasure full of surprises, many of which are not readily visible to the visitor simply passing through. To really appreciate many of the attractions here one has to spend time, hunt and often walk.

The rich cultural heritage evidenced in its architecture is perhaps the foremost of attractions here. But there are also fascinating markets, Chinese shrines and Buddhist temples and shopping opportunities both modern and traditional.

A Town of Tradition and Treasures

Phuket town was largely founded by Chinese who emigrated to the island to work in the tin mining business. Many began as penniless coolies but ended up as rich moguls. Thus, much of the interesting architecture of the town is Chinese in style and origin. Thai of both Buddhist and Muslim origin lived largely in rural villages, where the finest examples of their temples and mosques are found.

Viewing Phuket town

One excellent way to get an overview of Phuket town is to go to the top of Rang hill, one of the two very prominent hills on the northern edge of town. Rang is the one to the west, the one without the TV and communications towers.

At the very peak of Rang hill is one of the best Thai restaurants in the city, Tunka Ka Café, run by a true gourmet and lover of Thai cuisine, Khun Thira. This is a great place to enjoy the view of the town from – and a great place to eat in. Khun Thira makes sure every dish in his restaurant is just right. (if you want to see the love that goes into food here, try Thira’s Som Tum, hot papaya salad). Khun Thira is also one of the best-known characters in town, and your day is made if you chance to meet him. And since Tunka Ka is a favourite hang-out for the Thai staff of PHUKET Magazine, you might well find us there also – always with Som Tum on the table.

Sino-Portuguese Mansions

This description is given to several score houses set in grand gardens and built by Chinese moguls, often about 100 years ago at the height of the tin mining boom. The name reflects the influences of Chinese owners building in European style in Singapore and Malaysia, where the Portuguese had set the first standards for grand tropical mansions.. In fact, most of the Sino-Portuguese buildings in Phuket town were built by Italians, whom the wealthy Chinese employed. They also imported many of the materials, like tiles and fittings, from Italy.

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Patong Nightlife

Patong Nightlife

If you are looking for nightlife in Phuket then Patong is the number one choice. Patong phuket nightlife massage karaoke thai girls disco live band music a gogohas a lot of bars, discos, karaokes massages and a go-go bars with beautiful thai girls (bar girls).

Although there is a heavy nightlife in Patong, I think it suitable for families with kids anyway because the nightlife is centralized to just a small part of Patong; Bangla Road and Soi Sunset and if you avoid these streets on evenings and nights you will never noticed it.

The nightlife in Patong is located at Bangla road and Soi Sunset. Although there is another group of bars nearby Thara Patong hotel along the beach road (if you walk to the left on this map) and Soi Sea Pearl at Sawatdirak road. The go-go bars are in Soi Seadragon and Soi Eric (Flash a gogo).

Karon nightlife — Phuket

Karon has enough beer bars to satisfy you and recently a new disco/live music place opened in Karon, so you can have fun here too.

Phuket Town nightlife — Phuket

In Phuket Town you can also find some nightlife, most Thai people at these places and good choice if you are tired of tourists 🙂
I have visited Climax and The Spark Club (Nightclub, Live music) located on Ratsada Rd. and Pink Lady Cafe (Café, Karaoke).

Thai Law regarding nightlife — Phuket

According to the Thai law discos and nightclubs have to close at 2:00 am and normal pubs/beer bars at 01:00 am. But as you already might know this is not true for Phuket or many other places. Many get around the law by bribing the local police and as someone told me, Patong is a free zone with many exceptions from the Thai law.

Some advices regarding nightlife in Phuket

Don’t make serious promises you can’t keep. Believe it, your life may not be so valuable if you make false promises to lure girls to your intensions. Don’t say ‘I like/love you’ if you don’t mean it and be careful if you have many girls, the girls may end up fighting with each other or with you.

Always practice safe sex and use condom. Be mindful of AIDS! You don’t want it. Although, I have been told that many men don’t want to use condom, and I can’t believe it! Either they are very stupid or they already have AIDS? Bad enough, some girls actually do it without condom.

You have to understand that all sexy girls are not females. There are many beautiful ‘ladies’ that actually are men; transvestites or transsexuals (katoeys). These groups can be extremely rude, dangerous and revengeful if a promise is broken. Be careful.

You fall in love with a girl? Don’t give her too much money, use common sense. I have heard many stories about girls getting huge amounts of money from men who love them. The girl may or may not like you. But many girls are actually looking for relationships with a good man and there are happy stories too.


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