여러 섬으로 이루어진 이곳은 안다만 해에서 가장 이름난 곳이며 세계 최고의 10대 다이빙 명소 중에 이름을 올리기도 했습니다. 푸켓 너머의 해안을 둘러보는 것도 잊지 마세요. 시밀란 군도는 낮에 방문해도, 어둠이 깔린 뒤에 방문해도 좋습니다.
팡아만은 푸켓섬 북쪽에 있으며 수면 위로 높이 솟구친 석회암 절벽의 비경과 사시사철 푸르른 맹그로브 나무숲으로 유명합니다. 보트를 타고 그림 같은 풍경을 즐기세요. 좁은 해식동굴을 통해 카약을 타고 지나가는 경험도 특별하고, 수면 위에 죽마로 높이 세워 일군 바다의 집시들의 마을 꼬 판히(Koh Panyee)에 들러볼 기회도 놓치면 안 될 독특한 추억이 됩니다.
푸켓 시내(중국계 포르투갈 양식 건물, 신선 식품 시장, 찰롱 사원, 대불 등 - 투어는 라구나 투어에서 진행)
푸켓은 지리적 위치에 기인한 풍부한 역사가 가득한 곳입니다. 미얀마의 침략, 주석 채굴, 고무 교역과 다양한 종교와 관광업으로 다채로운 면모를 가지고 있습니다. 이 모든 사건 사고와 역사가 쌓여 오늘날 세계적으로 사랑받는 푸켓의 모습을 빚어낸 것입니다.
Most photographs of the stunningly beautiful sunset in Phuket were taken here: Laem Phromthep at the south-most tip of Phuket island offers a memorable, unparalleled sunset moment on a clear day. Go early and sit back to enjoy the sun setting behind the Andaman sea. With its landscape easily recognizable by sailors, it is also the location of the 50-feet-tall Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse, erected in 1996 to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the king’s 50th anniversary of his accession to the throne.
Phuket Old Town
Phuket was one of the major Peranakan Chinese cultural centrals, along with Singapore, Malacca and Penang, thanks to the dramatic growing of tin mining business in early 19th century, luring in a large number of Chinese merchants from the China mainland. It was led to the constructions of Sino-Portuguese mansions and shop houses in the Phuket town. These buildings were the residence of tin mine tycoons, and their descendants, featuring unique Peranakan architectural styles. Each shophouse look narrow from the front but its space spans as long as ten meters or more to the back, making there’s a vast space to accommodate a lot of people. Walk along the roads of Dibuk, Phang-Nga, Yaowarat, Thalang and Krabi to admire the beauty of crafted facade of the remaining shop houses. Some of them are now open as a boutique hotel you can also try lodging. For an in-depth history of Peranakan culture in Phuket, you might want to pay a visit to Phuket Thai Hua Museum.
Wat Chalong is the most famous and sacred temple in Phuket as it was the residence of a respected monk Luang Po Cham, who took part helping people during the Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of King Rama V. The statue of Luang Po Chaem is now enshrined at the main hall, together with statues of Luang Po Chuang and Luang Po Kluem, other revered monks who resided at the temple in later years. Locals and visitors usually visit the temple to vow their wishes from the statues, and will return to burn firecrackers when the wishes become true.
The first Sino-Portuguese mansion in Phuket town, Ban Chinnapracha was built in circa 1903 during the era of King Rama V. The mansion was the former residence of Phra Phithak Chinnapracha (Tan Ma Sieng), son of a local tycoon Luang Bamrung Chinnaprathet (Tan Neow Yee), who were originally from Fujian province in China. This kind of mansion is called Ang Mor Lao by the locals, which means “Western-style building” in Hokkien Chinese. Part of the mansion is now renovated as The Blue Elephant Phuket, the world’s famous Thai restaurant and cooking school.
Phuket Thai Hua Museum
Phuket has a long history as a trading hub controlled by the local Peranakan Chinese community, a community is Straits Chinese found in Singapore, Penang and Malacca) and the best way to explore this rich history is at the Phuket Thaihua Museum, housed in a charming 1930s British-colonial-style mansion that was formerly the oldest Chinese-language school in Phuket. Spread over the two stories are 16 galleries portraying the island’s Chinese ancestry and Phuket Town’s growth to prosperity.
Opening hours: Daily 09.00 a.m. - 17.00 p.m.