Phuket (city)

Coordinates: 7°53′17″N 98°23′51″E / 7.88806°N 98.39750°E / 7.88806; 98.39750

City Municipality in Phuket province, Thailand
City of Phuket
Official seal of Phuket
Phuket is located in Thailand
Location in Thailand
Coordinates: 7°53′17″N 98°23′51″E / 7.88806°N 98.39750°E / 7.88806; 98.39750
Country Thailand
ProvincePhuket province
DistrictMueang Phuket
 • TypeCity Municipality
 • MayorSomjai Suwansupana
 • City Municipality12 km2 (5 sq mi)
 • Metro
224 km2 (86 sq mi)
 • City Municipality79,308
 • Density6,600/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Area code(+66) 12

Phuket (/pˈkɛt/ poo-KET; Thai: เทศบาลนครภูเก็ต or ภูเก็ต, pronounced [pʰūː.kèt]) is a city in the southeast of Phuket Island, Thailand. It is the capital of Phuket province. As of 2020[update] the city had a population of 79,308. It covers the subdistricts (tambons) Talat Yai (Thai: ตลาดใหญ่) and Talat Nuea (Thai: ตลาดเหนือ) of Mueang Phuket district.

Phuket is 862 km (535.6 mi) south of Bangkok.[1]


Phuket is one of the oldest cities in Thailand. It was an important port on the west of the Malay Peninsula where Chinese immigrants first landed.

Phuket Old Town is a quarter studded with heritage buildings in ten streets: Klang, Phang Nga, Rassada, Dee Buk, Krabi, Thep Kasattri, Phuket, Yaowarat, Satun, and Soi Rammanee. These older buildings show Phuket town's former prosperity. They were constructed when tin mining was an important industry on the island. Their architectural style is called "Sino-Portuguese", characteristic of which is a single or two-storey building with a narrow front compensated for by considerable depth. The tiles, doors, perforated windows, and other details are all influenced by Chinese and European styles combined.[2] "Phuket Old Town" is a 2.7 km2 area covering a total of 210 rai.

As of 2019[update], the Fine Arts Department and the Phuket provincial authorities are preparing a proposal to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for Phuket Old Town to be listed as a World Heritage Site.[3]

In 2004 the town was elevated to city status (thesaban nakhon, Thai: เทศบาลนคร).


The major religion is Buddhism. The Buddhist temples in the city are attractive destinations for national and international tourists. Along the streets some Hindu temples depicting the statues of Ganesha and Brahma can also be seen.


Since 2005, the population of Phuket has been increasing.[4]

Estimation date 31 Dec 2005 31 Dec 2010 31 Dec 2015 31 Dec 2019
Population 74,208 75,720 78,421 79,308


Sister cities


  • Rotonda Surin, Phuket, Tailandia, 2013-08-19, DD 01.JPG
  • Phuket Square, Phuket, Thailand.jpg
  • Thailand-Aerial-view-of-Phuket-International-Airport-Apr-2003-01.jpg
  • Phuket, April 2012.jpg
  • Patak Road.JPG
  • PhuketPortugees.jpg
  • Phuket Thai Hua School.jpg
  • Old Post Office of Phuket.jpg
  • Phuket Commute.jpg
  • Buddha statue on Khao Rang hill

    Buddha statue on Khao Rang hill

  • View of Phuket city from Khao Rang hill

    View of Phuket city from Khao Rang hill


  1. ^ "Phuket". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Chino-Portugal Architecture Building". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Archived from the original on 29 October 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  3. ^ Chuenniran, Achadtaya (21 September 2019). "Old Town Phuket earns praise". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  4. ^ "THAILAND: Major Cities, Towns & Communes".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Phuket and Penang become twin cities". Phuket Gazette. 2014-09-18. Retrieved 29 September 2018.

External links

  • Phuket Town travel guide from Wikivoyage
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  • Forbes, Andrew, and Henley, David, Phuket's Historic Peranakan Community
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