Old Phuket Town & Phuket By Air

Phuket town could be seen as the less visited cousin of the famous beaches of Phuket, but there is plenty that will occupy your time and attention in this old town full of heritage buildings. It is a mix of old and new, history and heritage all rolled out to be adored and considered, whilst existing as a backdrop to a modern day hustle of commerce, street markets and great little hidden eateries. The architecture harkens back to a day when wealth ruled the town, provided by the mining activities of nearly 100 years ago. Sino-Portuguese influence is common to see around Yaowarat Rd, Phangnga Rd, Thalang Rd, Krabi Rd and Dibuk Rd. Shops are of a typical Thai style, having not much street frontage and stretching deeply into the back. Many, especially on Dibuk Road, have old wooden doors with Chinese fretwork carving. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore shrines and temples (Buddhist and Chinese) that are dotted throughout the old town.

For a different pace, consider flying high above it all in a Autogyro. Take off from Phuket Airpark (www.phuketflying.com) for a 30 minute adventure around the island, with the whole island below you, there won’t be a moment missed for great snaps of all the places you know and love. The Autogyro itself is a two seater in a side by side configuration, with an unpowered rotor for lift and an powered prop at the back for thrust. It needs less runway then a normal prop aircraft and is quite manoeuvrable, reaching top speeds of up to 160Km/h. If you are interested to learn of to fly one of these beasts on a permanent basis, full lessons are available. Furthermore during your flight, By The Air has a GoPro available that they can rig up to film the whole experience, just remember to bring your SD card!

By The Air : Address: Soi Petladda 2, Thep Kasattri, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Phone: 093 592 7558

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