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   Phuket is one of the southern provinces of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country's largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast.It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket Island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The next nearest province is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga BayPhuket Province has an area of 576 km2 (222 sq mi), somewhat less than that of Singapore, and is the second-smallest province of Thailand. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ships' logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English traders, but was never colonised by a European power. It formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber and now from tourism
  
 
 
 
  
  The Phuket main public transportation is the one of Phuket’s unique, it is the wooden bus which local calls “Song-Taew” or in an ancient called “Po-Thong”. The bus provides many routes around Phuket with the same destination center in Phuket Town.
  Distance from the airport 
 
 
 
 
 "PO-THONG"
The local bus which you can catch to beaches from
PHUKET TOWN
since morning until evening, every day.
  
   
 Chino-Portuguese (Sino-Portuguese) architecture is a mixture of the Chinese and European style. “Chino” refers to the Chinese aspects of the buildings while “Portuguese” refers to Portugal, the first European nation to arrive in Phuket and gave architectural influence to the province, in addition, to Penang, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia before the advent of other European influences.Portuguese designed their houses and shelters with their western style and knowledge, and handed over the house plan to Chinese to build the houses. The Chinese constructed buildings according to their skills, experience, myths and believes of Chinese people. The building style were distorted from the original plan designed by the Portuguese, so, the building style shows the mix characteristic of Portuguese, Chinese, Malaysian, and Indonesian.
 Later on, the Dutch and English came in and had influence on this area. Minor changes were added on buildings styles, and so this style of architecture was called “Chino-Portuguese” Chino-Portuguese architecture had gained the highest popularity from the reign of King Rama V through towards the end of Kong Rama VI’s reign (1868-1925 A.D.) the period was the peak of the region’s tin mining evolution as well as economic growth. Most of the prosperous and successful miners at that time were Chinese immigrants. A number of Chino-Portuguese buildings still remain to be seen on Phang Nga, Yaowarat, Dibuk, and Krabi Roads. Chino-Portuguese architecture is the mixture of European architecture and Chinese art, so called “Colonial Style”. Shop house or semi-residential comprises of connecting walkway with arch on the first floor that becomes arcade.
CLASSIC ARCHITECTURE Apart from arcade, other classic architecture was added in Chino-Portuguese style i.e. Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian which shows the impact of Renaissance and Neoclassic architecture.The mixture of Chinese style are shown in decorations of building, from Chinese statue, window, door, to interior decorations.