Phuket Heritage Trails

Phuket Heritage Trails
Phuket Heritage Trails in Phuket

Founded by Phuket native and former reporter and hotel PR Kritchaya Na Takuathung, it aims go beyond the sun, sand, surf and hedonism of the island and instead showcase its cultural and historical sides. Her website declares “Phuket’s blend of cultures is obviously evident in its people and architecture – a fusion that is unique in most of Southeast Asian countries”, and the tours are so designed to give visitors “a closer look into the unique and true charms of Phuket Island, as well as to explore some of the sites known only to locals.”

At present there are two tours available: the “Meet the Locals” and the “Heritage Trails”. The former takes in the Chin Pracha Mansion, oldest Sino-Portuguese mansion on the island, a sea-gypsy fishing village, two temples and Rang Hill for panoramic views of the city. There is plenty of opportunity along the way to sample the local street food.

Phuket Heritage Trails in Phuket

The latter is a four-hour walking tour around the centre of Phuket Town. It begins with a delicious brunch of local delicacies after which it progresses along Thalang Road, Soi Romanee, Yaowarat, Deebuk and Krabi Roads as the guide points out the architectural heritage of the area, explaining the symbolism hidden in the facades of the Chinese shophouse and the unique Peranakan culture. A visit to the Phuket Thai Hua Museum, which encapsulates the history and culture of the Chinese settlers, is also included. The tour ends at a local food centre for a sampling for local cuisine typical to the island. Tours prices are inclusive of hotel transfers, all museum entry fees and meal costs and are best suited to groups of friends and couples.

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