The Peranakan Phuket Museum is located in the Thalang area and offers visitors an excellent opportunity to learn about Thai history amidst stunning architectural surroundings. This Sino-Portuguese-style museum has fantastic displays of shops, houses, and streets. Visitors can also taste Thai delicacies. from the restaurant and jewelry shop in the museum facilities. Unlike other museums, this museum is small, making it quick and easy to explore, with lots to see and do. In addition to studying the exhibits, visitors can dress up in costumes from the past and have a photo shoot.
The Peranakan Phuket Museum in Thalang is an excellent place to learn more about the history of Phuket. With a beautiful architectural setting, this museum is an excellent alternative for people who want to soak up the culture while also looking for a way to cool off during the hot summer months. Since the museum is small, it takes little time to traverse it. Despite this, there are many exciting things to see and do. You can dress up in costumes from the past in a photo studio attached to the museum.
The beautiful Yaya Kitchen Restaurant and Pinana Cafe offer all-day snacks at the Peranakan Phuket Museum.
What to see and do at Peranakan Phuket Museum
The first room explains the beginning of the Peranakan and where they came from. The second room provides information about the dominant Chinese-colonial architectural style in Phuket. The way people designed their homes was based on their cultural beliefs and the function of the building. The third room of the Peranakan Phuket Museum shows the interiors of the rooms, starting with the entrance, the living room, the kitchen, the bedroom, and the common area. Some decorations are original, while others are reproductions of old photographs.
Not only does the museum show how the kitchen was set up, but it also has monitors showing recipes and cooking methods. All rooms clearly show how people used to live.
The Phuket Peranakan Museum is housed in a large, modern building, so don’t expect an old historic house like the other small and somewhat elusive Peranakan Museum in Phuket Town. In addition to a reasonably large exhibition, this new museum also has a restaurant, cafeteria, and a large jewelry store. The museum was an initiative of the shopkeepers of Peranakan descent to share the fascinating history that shaped Phuket Old Town. Behind the glass door of this modern building, the lobby transforms into an old Phuket street with Sino-Portuguese shop fronts and fun colors. The ground floor houses Thai restaurants and traditional Peranakan jewelry, as well as the ticket office.
Once you have your ticket in hand (unfortunately, the museum charges double the price: 200 baht for Thais and 300 baht for foreigners), a young man who speaks good English will escort you upstairs to the museum.
Everything is well explained and the guide answers the questions. You will learn how the Peranakan people originally came to Phuket several centuries ago and that Peranakan is a word derived from a Malay word ‘Anak,’ meaning ‘child,’ where ‘Peranakan’ means ‘son of a foreign man and a mother native woman” means. A cluster of life-size vintage fashion shops and houses with traditional furniture also make for great photo opportunities. Another room is dedicated to the art of making this magnificent and intricate Peranakan jewelry used in Baba culture, especially for weddings and other celebrations. The workshop offers the opportunity to see which tools were used then. Two additional rooms are dedicated to a range of Baba’s beautiful and colorful outfits.