Phuket: Visiting Old Town Is A Must!

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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:

Phuket Old Town


Gorgeous Sino-Portuguese Shophouses

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More of the architecture

Phuket Old Town

Heading to the night market

Night Market Phuket Old Town

Phuket Old Town Night Market

Old Town Night Market Phuket

Street market vendors

Night Market Phuket Old Town

Night market street food

Old Town Night Market Phuket

Maybe the cutest street food snacks ever. I had the bear which was filled with chocolate

Phuket Old Town

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?

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