Phuket: Visiting Old Town Is A Must!
Planning to visit Phuket? Make sure to visit Phuket Old Town!
For my second trip to Phuket, my opinion changed of this popular Thailand destination. I was spending time with local friends so that was the first factor. Phuket is still very touristy but there have been some positive changes happening in the area. I heard and read that the beach clubs, hawkers, and beach lounger rentals are gone. The government is cleaning up corruption and shutting down illegally run businesses. I didn’t think I wanted to go to Phuket as a side trip from Hong Kong but I am really pleased that I decided to go and was able to see more sides to Phuket, especially Phuket Old Town.
When I was in Thailand a few years back, I went to Phuket solely to try to surf. I had heard so much flack about how touristy it is so I didn’t really care to experience it other than catching some waves. My routine was: wake up, walk a few blocks from my hotel to Kata Beach, surf, eat at cafe/restaurant close by, head back to my hotel, read, and sleep. I repeated cycle for the handful of days I was there. And while I did have a fun time learning to surf and hanging out with some local Thai surfers, I could have been anywhere.
One thing I really wanted to do on this trip was visit “Phuket Old Town“. Many tourists don’t even come here which is a shame because it’s really cool. I wish I had come in the day and spent longer exploring so that I could a better view and photos of the unique architecture. There was a night market happening at the time so we popped in for a quick browse after we had dinner. In this historical part of town, you can see the Sino-Portuguese influence from over a century ago when Phuket was booming as a tin producer.
Here are some photos of the area and the night market:
Gorgeous Sino-Portuguese Shophouses
More of the architecture
Heading to the night market
Phuket Old Town Night Market
Street market vendors
Night market street food
Maybe the cutest street food snacks ever. I had the bear which was filled with chocolate
More of the Chinese rowhouses
I know that I’ll go back to Phuket to visit friends. I want to go back and take more photos as well as explore this area rather than just come for a quick visit. Have you been to Phuket’s Old Town? What did you think of it?