Phuket Old Town will captivate your senses and bring to life a bygone era of colonial traders and Chinese and Muslim immigrants. Stroll along sidewalks lined with lively shop houses, smell the incense emanating from a Chinese temple and delight in the market’s exuberant fruits and vegetables. Peruse the restored Sino-Portuguese architecture of the 1929-era On On Hotel and the displays of Buddhist amulets, a favorite Thai good luck charm.
Set in a picturesque part of Phuket Old Town, Walking Street is as much a cultural attraction as a great night market. The old Sino-Portuguese houses get lit up in vibrant colors, there’s a cornucopia of traditional local foods and Thai handicrafts and you can watch buskers and entertainers perform. Phuket’s Sunday Walking Street market, 4 to 9 p.m., called Lard Yai by locals, is now the most popular attraction in Phuket Town.
24-hour advance reservation is required.
Cancellation less than 12 hours prior will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee.
If “food is culture,” then there is no better way to learn about Thai sensibilities than this deliciously immersive cooking class. Our chefs show you every aspect of creating traditional Thai delicacies, from Yum Woonsen (spicy seafood salad) and authentic Som Pad Thai Goong (wok-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce) to Som Tum (refreshing green papaya salad), and more.
The Chalong Bay distillery is now a key producer of Agricole rum and a popular spot for island tourists. For visitors to the distillery, tours include a tasting of the different spirits infused with fresh herbs, however for locals, a simple pairing of coconut water and lemongrass is the favorite choice.
Designer and Rosewood PlaceMaker, Philip Huang, has shared his learned indigenous dyeing techniques exclusively with Rosewood Phuket. Families will be educated on the life of indigo plants and traditional dyeing methods and designs. They will then create their own unique t-shirt as a reminder of their preservation of this artisanal craft.
Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the most important and revered landmarks on the island.
The huge, 45-meter-tall image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and the lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island. Close up, the atmosphere is very peaceful - the only sounds you hear are the tinkling of small bells, the fluttering of yellow Buddhist flags and soft dharma music. The Buddha’s whole body is layered with beautiful Burmese white jade marble that shines in the sun. There is also a smaller brass Buddha and several, much smaller statues, of Buddha and of revered monks.
Phuket’s “Old Town” is well known for its classic Chinese-Portuguese buildings, but there’s another great reason to take explore downtown: cool street art. Both local and international artists have contributed works that can be found in a compact section of town, making it easy to stroll and discover.
Elephants who have worked all their lives in often hard labor enjoy a well-deserved rest at this special home for retired pachyderms, where the focus is on ethical tourism. There is no riding these majestic beasts here, instead you are a temporary guest in their world, privileged to spend a few hours quietly observing them in their natural habitat, as they wander, feed and bathe.