Antiques and Art Galleries in Phuket – The cultural side to Phuket

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Phuket Island is a prime Thai island tourist destination that is famous the world over. Thousands of local and foreign visitors travel to phuket Thailand and many of them are high-end tourists seeking accommodation which combines luxury, privacy and convenience. The Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas nestling among unspoiled panoramas offering the ultimate in star class luxury, a pristine beach and total privacy is excellent for visitors seeking a convenient, private tropical paradise to stay and enjoy the charms of Phuket.

Apart from leisure and sporting activities Phuket is a shoppers’ El Dorado and has many Antique Shops and Art Galleries well stocked with fine creations by Thai and South East Asian artists and antiques from throughout the region. Some of the best buys can be found in the area of Laguna Phuket.

Apart from the original paintings and antiques on display there are excellent reproductions available.There is an export ban on some items particularly Buddha Statues. Certain other items may need export licenses but the shop owners or dealers are knowledgeable about these do’s and don’ts and are able to guide buyers about correct procedures to adopt.

Traditional and contemporary South Asian Art and Antiques are represented by images, sculptures, paintings, furniture, lacquer and porcelain ware, woodcarvings, rugs and jewellery. Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, India and Afghanistan are among the countries from which quality products are sourced from.

Bronze ware items are popular among the high quality wares sold in Phuket shops and Galleries.Some Phuket shops and Art Galleries also provide customized wares on request.Clothing, wall hangings of silk and cotton as well as bags and table cloths are found in Phuket shops and galleries.Unusual, intricately crafted silver jewellery made by Thai hill tribes and specialized hand made products including spa products are good value for money.

The Antique Shops and Art Galleries of Phuket selling high – end products vary from quiet shop houses in Phuket City to huge, contemporary shops dotted throughout Phuket Island.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

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