So I stranded in Phuket Old town last October at the wonderful The Memory at On On Hotel. After a long day of travelling and endless discussions with cab drivers over way too overpriced fares I wasn’t in the mood for anything at all. But, as usual, when I’m having a hard time on the road, the next surprise is just around the corner.
That’s one of the things I love about traveling:
You never know what happens next.
And there I was – discovering a lovely place I would have never been to if everything happened as planned. Because Phuket Old Town is totally different from everything you’ve probably heard before about Phuket.
Phuket Old Town – sino-portuguese colonial architecture all over
In the whole city center of Phuket Old Town you will find traces of the Chinese and Portuguese who came to Phuket a long time ago for their businesses. The Chinese and Portuguese left a long time ago, but their architectural influence stayed. You won’t believe you are in Thailand if you see those gorgeous houses.
Anyway, turns out that even on a rainy day the Old Town of Phuket with its tiny alternative cafés and beautiful house fronts in pastel colours is really picturesque.
Sunday Walking Street Market in Phuket Old Town
And how lucky was I! At night there was the Sunday Walking Street Market just around the corner with all sorts of exotic and delicious food! The variety was enormous and the stalls were really clean – even to me, although I’m usually very picky when it comes to street food.
It’s really one of the best markets I’ve been to in Thailand, as it combines good food with entertainment as well. You can eat well, listen to some live music (there’s also a little stage area) or just enjoy the vibe. It’s also not very known to Western tourists, I saw much more locals around, so you really feel a little bit off the beaten path. Definitely the best address for street food in Phuket!
Sunday Walking Street Market (Lard Yai)
Located on Thalang Road
Phuket Old Town
4pm to 10pm