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A Cultural Journey

Away from the beaches, Phuket island has plenty to offer culture seekers.

A 19th century trading port with Chinese, Portuguese, and southern Thai influences, the island was originally known for tin mining. Visit the island’s most sacred and ornate temple at Wat Chalong, the monumental hilltop Big Buddha with its spectacular panoramas, as well as Thaihua Museum to trace the island’s Chinese ancestry.

 

Round off an enlightening day by wandering Phuket Old Town’s unique Sino-Portuguese neighbourhood centred upon the colourfully restored Thalang Road and Romanee Lane.