With several ancient Chinese temples and shrines scattered around the town, the Chinese influence is easily noticeable.
Traditional Sino-Porgugese architecture is also clearly visible, especially on and around the main Sri Takua Pa street, which hosts an outstanding market every Sunday afternoon.
With Chinese style lanterns and charming, colourful old houses, the area is reminiscent of Hoi An in Vietnam, and the nearby Sri Muang river front street is also home to picturesque buildings and another good local market that opens only on Saturday.
Apart from the main market street, there are also several historic temples and other buildings scattered around town, including Guan Ou Shrine, Wat Khuan Tham, and Khun In House.
Old Takua Pa is also the site of a large vegetarian food festival called "Jia Kew Ong Chai", which is held annually in late September or early October (depending on the lunar calendar).
How to get there
To get to the Sunday market by motorbike or car from the Takua Pa bus station, head west on Phet Kasem Rd (Rte. 4). Just after the road goes around a sharp curve (you'll pass the tourist info centre and then the Andaman tourist skills centre on the left), continue straight (south) through the traffic light on to Rat Bumrung Rd rather than heading right (west), which keeps you on Phet Kasem Rd. Follow Rat Bumrung for several km as it leads through countryside and take a right when it ends on to Montri 2 Rd, which is in old Takua Pa, then take the next left.
The Guan Ou Shrine will be right in front of you, and Sri Takua Pa street is just beyond that to the right (look for the Chinese style lanterns over the street). If coming from Khao Lak, head into Takua Pa on Rte. 4 and look for signs pointing right towards Phang Nga and Krabi, which is well before the bus station. Turn right there, at the tourism info centre, on to Rat Bumrung, and follow the above directions from then on. Alternately, a songthaew from the bus station will take you here for around 600B both ways, or a motorbike taxi for a negotiable 300B both ways. From Khao Lak, a taxi will run about 1,500B both ways.
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