(12 July, 2004)
is the capital of Phuket Province
, which encompasses the whole island as well as a few outlying islets. The town has historical buildings of Sino-Portuguese architecture dating back to the 19th century, when it was the hub for tin-mining activities on the island. Some of the townhouses are similar to those that you would find elsewhere in Thailand and even Malaysia. Formerly known as Phuket Town, it was given city status or thesaban nakhon
on 13 February, 2004, and is since styled as Phuket City, though the name "Phuket Town" continues to be popularly used.
Phuket City, interestingly, is predominantly Chinese, particularly Hokkien. Many of them have relatives in Penang
, with which the island maintain close links. Overlooking the city is Khao Rang Hill, on which stands the statue of the most prominent Chinese in southern Thailand, Khaw Sim Bee
Places in Phuket City
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