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Old Phuket Town

October 25, 2010

Phuket City Municipality has won a Thailand Tourism Industry 2010 “Kinnaree” Award for its Old Phuket Town redevelopment project.

Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupapana collected the prize in person at the awards ceremony, held on September 27 World Tourism Day at the Bangkok Convention Center at the Central World shopping complex.

The judges voted to bestow the Phuket project the award after they inspected Thalang Road and Krabi Road on May 7. The city was selected in the category of “Tourism Support and Promotion Organization”.

The awards, initiated in 1996, are held by the Tourism Authority of Thailand every two years.

This year a total of 315 entries were received in five categories, the other four being: Awards for Tourist Attractions; Awards for Tourist Accommodation; Awards for Tour Programs; and Awards for Health Tourism.

“The judging panels have visited and inspected all applicants, and consequently deliberated at their meetings to select remarkable works having eco-friendly management, adopting the sufficiency economy theory, adding value and volume to tourism products and services, and having readiness to promote tourism marketing, as a conceptual framework for judgment,” said a TAT release.

They are very few cities in Thailand which could claim to have a well preserved historical old town such as Phuket city. The resort island is well known for its beaches, superb resorts, and entertainment areas. However, few tourists still venture in the narrow streets of Phuket’s old town in a triangle delimited by Thalang, Dibuk, and Krabi Roads. In this relatively small area, rows of 100-year-old shophouses and villas were built at the height of the tin-mining boom. In Thailand, these houses are known as “Sino-Portuguese” – mostly for political reasons – but they were, in fact, typically designed in “Peranakan” style – a blend of Malay and Chinese cultures, which still predominates today in Malacca, Penang, Singapore, and in some parts of Sumatra and Java. Many of the houses bear the same adornments, stucco, and multi-colored tiles of their counterparts in old Malaya. Most of the Chinese traders who settled in Phuket at the end of the 14th century came from the Malaysian Peninsula.

Phuket’s old town was neglected until recently when trendy small bars, coffee shops, bakeries, and guest houses started to take over some of the derelict buildings, breathing new life into them. The result has been amazing: little architectural jewels have been carefully renovated, while tourists and locals are starting to come again to the old town in the evenings for entertainment. Even infamous suspended cables which “grace” most streets of Thailand’s cities have been put underground, such as in Thalang Street.

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  • Welcome drink and cold towel upon arrival day.
  • Daily breakfast for 2 persons
  • Enjoy sight seeing around Phuket island and Phuket Old Town
  • Thai Seafood Dinner for 2 persons at the Climax Restaurant.
  • Dazzling and cultural show at the Phuket Fantasea plus international buffet dinner, with roundtrip transfers.
  • Airport round trip transfers
  • Tax and VAT included

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  • Day 1 : Pick up at the airport and check in at Absolute Bangla Suites.
  • Day 2 : Sight seeing around Phuket island. Seafood dinner set for 2 persons at Climax Restaurant
  • Day 3 : Phuket Fantasea Show with buffet dinner
  • Day 4 : Half day relaxing. Check out and transfers to Airport
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