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Best Historic Locations in Phuket

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Phuket Provincial Hall lies in a secluded area of the old town, but it still attracts visitors with its spellbinding architecture. Counted as one of the first Thailand buildings constructed as a fortified concrete structure, it is made famous for the intricate grill detailing that accentuates the building exteriors. A gallery surrounds the building and it exhibits some of Phuket's memorable pictures.

Pithak Chinpracha House Museum is a private colonial-style mansion which was built in 1903 by its original owner after whom the structure has been named after. The mansion opened its doors to the public after his death, giving visitors a sneak peek into Sino-British architecture. The house has been renovated over the years, which is why it still is in prime condition. The house includes a courtyard which acts as the building's centerpiece, which is where the women of the house usually did all the cooking and washing. Each room is a preserved piece of history with their walls covered with old pictures, priceless artifacts, ceramicware and antique furniture shipped in from different parts of Europe and China.

Phuket Philatelic Museum attracts a bunch of history buffs and culture enthusiasts who gather around this museum to explore the philatelic history and evolution of postal delivery. Housed in an old reconditioned building, the museum offers good insight into the order of Thailand's postal age through its display of an array of conventional postal equipment, antic pieces and vintage and contemporary stamps.

Thai Hua Museum used to be an old Chinese school and contains interesting displays about the building's past as well as artwork. The exhibits mainly consist of photos, art and furniture. Thai Hua Museum is also used as an event space and occasionally art exhibits are held here.

The life-size statues of heroic sisters, Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sri Soontorn, stand side by side on this decorated marble plinth located at Tha Rua. Built by local residents, and opened on 23 May 1967, an annual fair commemorates the bravery of these two girls who were instrumental in the defeat of the Burmese in 1785. By disguising hundreds of women in army uniforms and parading them through the town, they tricked the enemy into believing that they were troop reinforcements from Bangkok. This eventually forced the Burmese to withdraw.

Buzzing with opium hideouts, red light areas and other notorious things in the bygone era, Soi Romanee has transformed from a place known for it vivacious past into a lively nightlife hub of Phuket. The precinct is also lined with several Sino-Portuguese dwellings that add a distinct charm to its vibe. It lies at the intersection of Thalang Road Dibuk Road and offers an interesting glimpse into the history of the city. Stop in at any of its relaxed open-air cafes or catch a live jazz act over the weekend; you are always in for a memorable time here soaking up the history and the vibrant party scene.

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