July 17, 2020.
CNN Travel has recently published their pick of the thirteen most picturesque towns in Asia. To the surprise of no one who has visited Phuket, the island’s largest town, simply named Phuket Town, has made the list.
The reason for its inclusion on CNN's list is evident from the moment you enter the town and stroll along the alleys and streets. It’s mainly the architecture that has made Phuket Town one of the most picturesque towns in all of Asia.
The town is a seemingly endless treasure trove of colourfully painted shophouses and homes that feature Sino-Portuguese architecture. It’s also referred to as Peranakan, Chinese Baroque, and Straits Eclectic architecture. It evolved up and down the Malay peninsula wherever Chinese and European settlers and merchants co-mingled in the pursuit of trade and a better life.
When you look up pictures of the other towns around Asia that have made the list, you’ll find that they are all charming and stunningly photogenic places to visit. Phuket Town is in beautiful company. We’ve included the entire list of towns, courtesy of CNN Travel so that you can see the calibre of stunning beauty that the list represents:
The town has become a bohemian paradise for coffee lovers. By making good use of the numerous, colourful Sino-Portuguese shophouses along the pleasant alleys of the town, they’ve transformed the town into the most attractive location to while away the hours sipping an excellent cappuccino or latte.
These cafes and coffee shops offer artwork, craft beers, cakes and pastries, and of course, Thai food delicacies to enjoy as well. They also provide modern music in the background and creatively eclectic design accents to create a unique atmosphere that modern Bohemians will undoubtedly appreciate.
People are drawn to the town because of the laid-back atmosphere, the vibe and the essence of a unique, artistic culture that has been inspired by the town’s architecture.
Café’In, Rose Espresso, Gaolad Café, Eleven and Two, Feelsion Café, and The Old Phuket Coffee are just some of the more popular cafés in Phuket Town. And they all are good representatives of this ambiance, but they are certainly not the only examples of this phenomenon.
Venture down one of the alleys or quiet streets of the town. You're sure to find a unique café that suits you to a tee and becomes your favourite hangout during your visit.
If you can manage to tear yourself away from the cafés and coffee shops of the area for a couple of hours or so, Phuket Town is well worth a tour. A tour of 'Old Phuket Town' is what you should look for, and many tour companies are offering just that. Many of these are walking tours, so be sure to wear light, comfortable clothes and footwear, and bring along some sunscreen and water. Also be sure to have your phone or camera fully charged up, because the stunning beauty of the architecture will have you taking photo after photo.
The old town is in the centre of Phuket Town, which is on level ground so it won’t be a strenuous walk by any means. All the attractions are centred relatively close to one another. One of the major highlights of the tour will be simply walking down some of the numerous alleys and walking streets of the town and soaking up the unique, artistic atmosphere that seems to come from everywhere within the town.
Rentals for the Holidays has modern and spacious accommodations for rent all over Phuket Town. Our accommodations can immerse you in the Bohemian atmosphere of Phuket Town so you can explore the architectural and coffee culture riches of the town at your leisure. On your next trip to Phuket, get in touch with Rentals for the Holidays to book the perfect accommodations for your adventure.