I set out early from Nai Yang to Phuket Town, about 30 km away. Thank goodness the government has one bus line that connects the 2 places, or else I would be at the mercy of Phuket’s taxi mafia. Since it was Sunday and it was Songkran, there was absolutely no traffic.
Many shops and restaurants were also closed. The joys of travelling during Thai New Year! But I still managed!
My first stop was to Thalang Road, the epicentre of Old Town Phuket. Of course, many shops were closed and the narrow street was quiet. Walking through the street, I felt like I was in Penang, Malaysia. The Sino-Portuguese architecture gives this street its hipster vibe that I never felt elsewhere in Thailand.
I really loved the murals. They’re random, but they give the street character. Even the Chinese temple had wall art, and it fits perfectly.
Soi Ramanee is one of the oldest streets in Phuket Town. Its vintage buildings make it the place to take a selfie. I tried myself, but the sweltering heat won and I took refuge at the Macchiato House.
On a very small soi, I found a cart called A Pong Mae Sunee. In this outdoor food cart, they make fresh coconut egg rolls cooked under charcoal. There was a line of people hiding across the street as these people cooked in the heat. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to try any because even on holiday, they order list was ridiculously long.
Further down the soi, I found Cookies House, a Phuket institution known for their fabulous cookies from freshly pulverised almond paste, egg yolks and butter. I asked for their mixed salty and sweet cookies. At first, they said they ran out. But then they sympathised with me and took one box out from their delivery packages and gave it to me. Still piping hot from the oven, I ate one and it was good. It was rich and salty, a weird combination that actually worked.
I spent the rest of my time in Phuket Town hiding from the heat. The constant sweating and the plethora of closed shops weren’t very encouraging for me to continue.
If I have the opportunity to return to Phuket, I’ll try to spend more time in other areas. Even though Phuket is an island, it’s quite big and transportation is very limited. And I was trying to avoid all party towns. Next time…
Here’s my very short video of my trip to Phuket. (Very short because I forgot to film!)