Phuket Island just like a person has its heart. The heart is as it is supposed to be located on the left side. It is a special place with its unique rhythm, its own characteristics, and its own temper. You should definitely get to know it better.
Many tourists are intimidated that the city has a lot of one-way streets, but traffic is slow, typical to Thai cities. There are plenty of good informative signs and clear street signs that will allow you to quickly find your way around the city.
Now Phuket is a resort area, with its essential parts and trappings – beaches, shops, massage parlors, night bars, bargaining with taxi drivers and everything else. And all these has a past, a beautiful past, where different religions and nationalities were mixed, where there were wars and celebrations, where manual labor prevailed, where the clock on the city tower was a real attraction.
The city is like a museum that can tell you how people used to live work and spend their free time. Have a seat at one of the numerous local eateries and regulars will be happy to share with you some interesting tales.
! The most severe traffic jams are from 17:00 to 19:00.!
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Chin Pracha Mansion is also known as Baan Chin Pracha. The house is more than 116 years old and was built in 1903 in a Sino-Portuguese style. Phuket people call this type of architecture “Angmor” that means Western or European. It was the first house of its kind built on Phuket and only a few of them remain standing. The furniture in the house was imported from China and a majority of objects that you see today belonged to the original owner. A lot of construction materials were brought from Europe. For example, the fence was brought from Holland and ceramic floor tiles - from Italy. In this house, builders replicated an architectural style of houses seen on Penang Island in Malaysia. A leading craftsman from Penang was brought here to lay the floor tiles. In the center of the house, there is a courtyard with a pond that can be seen from any part of the house. The owners spent about 500 000 baht on its construction. It was an unprecedented amount of money at that time.
The original owner of the house is Tan Ma Siang, who was initially called Prapitak Chinpracha by local people, was born in 1883 in Phuket. In 1903, he was only 20 years old when he ordered the construction of the mansion during the reign of King Rama V.
Current owners are sixth generation descendants of its builder. Prapitak Chinpracha was a son of Tan Niaw Yee, also known as Luang Bamrung Jinpratid born in Fujian province, China. Tan Niaw Yee was a famous warrior during the reign of King Rama IV. He moved to Thailand to manage his first venture, a tin mining company. He also owned a company "Lian Bi", located on the island of Penang in Malaysia.
Today Chinpracha House is a heritage building that attracts many visitors. Almost no wedding photo shoot is complete without a visit to this place.
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Aquarium presents a great opportunity to see many inhabitants of the local waters. They can be observed in water tanks and in the underwater tunnel.
Brochures with a map of the Park are available at the entrance. There are a lot of tropical fishes in the main building: piranhas, clown fish (Nemo), groupers that reach 300 kg, etc. Behind the main building, there is a footpath along the coast that leads to a pier, Museum of whales and dolphins, as well as a pool with the turtles. There are a lot of signs with very interesting facts posted along the path. For example, you can learn how to use fruits of some coastal trees for medical purposes. Or do you know that Styrofoam used for food packaging takes 500 000 years to decompose?
! Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 11.30 am you can witness underwater feeding of sharks and stingrays.
Directions: it is located in the South-East part of the island, at the end of Cape Panwa. There is only one road leading to the Aquarium so you won’t miss it.