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Kathu Subdistrict is 9 kilometers from Phuket Town and is surrounded by mountains. There is Bang Yai Canal flowing through the Subdistrict, and there are two small waterfalls. As a result, this area is very fertile and suitable for living since in the past. The name "Kathu" is derived from the Chinese words Laitu, Laithu, and Naithu, which means the job resource.
In the past, Kathu was a place with a lot of tin mines. At that time, many HokkienChinese, Portuguese, French, Hollanders, and British came to Kathu to work in the tin mining industry. As a result, Kathu has a mixture of Thai, Chinese, and European cultures, which is visible from local cuisines, traditions, Sino-Portuguese architecture, etc. Today, the tin mines have gone, and Phuket turned into a tourist city. Kathu Municipality has officially opened the Phuket Mining Museum, where tourists and future generations can learn about Kathu’s mining history, the way of life of the tin miners, etc.
At the moment, a condominium is one of the most attractive investments for investors, especially the condo in tourist areas such as Phuket. There is not only a target group of tourists, but also Thai and foreign customers coming forwork and business. They usually rent a condominium that has a view and size that suits them for living purposes, and the most condo will offer completed facilities with convenient transportation as well.
Condo for rent in Kathu is still very interesting because Kathu is a perfect location, easy to reach to Patong, and gets out of town by using the route that connects to the bypass road. Kathu is also an easy reach to shopping centers in Phuket Town such as Central Festival Phuket, Central Floresta, Big C Phuket, Index Living Mall Phuket, etc. In addition, Kathu is also the location of schools, government agencies, public organizations, temples, shrines, and many other attractions. As a result, Kathu Subdistrict is another location where investors are interested in investing.
Many tourist attractions are located in Kathu Subdistrict, which is all interesting and a good place for relaxation. The interesting places are as follows:
Bangwad Dam: is one of the island's main freshwater sources, surrounded by shady trees and a lovely atmosphere. It is a popular place for exercise and relaxation among Phuket residents.
Old Building Liquor Distillery Excise Department Phuket: this place has become another tourist attraction in Kathu Subdistrict because this old building has a distinctive design of Sino-Portuguese style. It is located next to a leisure park in the heart of Kathu, with exhibitions of local foods and watercolor paintings. It is open to the public and offers admission every day.
Phuket Mining Museum: previously known as Kathu Mining Museum. It is open every day and is a learning resource for future generations. Inside, there are exhibits about the history of tin mining and the lifestyle of tin miners. There is also an outdoor learning area with mining tools and equipment used at that time as well.
Kathu is a high-density subdistrict with its topography rich in both nature and cultures. There are a variety of amenities. The area has been mixed with Thai, Chinese, and European cultures since the tin mining era. In addition to locals, people from neighboring provinces and foreigners who come to work in Phuket choose to live in this area because Kathu is also the location of universities, schools, such as Prince Of Songkla University Phuket Campus and Kathu Witthaya School, etc.
The locals' lifestyles are simple, and the cultures and traditions are well-preserved especially, a celebration of the Vegetarian Festival because Kathu Shrine is the first place where Phuket Vegetarian Festival originated, from Chinese who migrated to Kathu Subdistrict. In addition, Kathu Municipality has organized The Kathu Cultural Street Festival every year to show a traditional way of life, costumes, local foods, etc.
Kathu Municipality is a large community with many people. There are government agencies and public organizations, hospitals, and educational institutions to serve the people in this area. Furthermore, Kathu is close to the city and has easy access to other amenities in Phuket town as well, such as Prince Of Songkla University Phuket Campus, QSI International School of Phuket, Bang Wad Dam, Wat Anuphat Kritdaram (Ketho Temple), and Kathu Shrine, etc.
Local minibus: the local called Pothong has a distinctive blue-yellow color. The buses will depart from the station on Ranong Road (near a fresh market in Phuket Town) and travel through Kathu before arriving at the Patong Subdistrict. However, Pho Thong may take more time than other transportations such as taxis and tuk tuks, but it has a lower fare.
Airport Bus Express: this bus runs from Phuket International Airport to Karon from 8 am to 8 pm. Tourists can choose to stop over at Kathu Subdistrict or the See Kor Intersection (near the Caltex petrol station).