Discovering new cultural spots in different countries is my favourite thing to do when travelling. This time, I had the opportunity to explore Old Phuket Town in Phuket, Thailand. I was quite surprised that after so many times visiting Phuket that I have never been to this historical part of the city. So is it worth a visit? ABSOLUTELY! If you want to experience Phuket and see the city from a fresh new perspective – It’s a must see!
experience the history of Phuket
Old Phuket Town is a historically rich part of Phuket where you can find a huge variety of arts, crafts, coffee shops all this combined with beautiful architecture in the background. A lot of vintage buildings have been converted into bars, shops, restaurants and hotels. The old buildings are a reflection of European influence on the island. Also, you will see a significant Chinese impact on the designs of the streets. Every corner of Old Phuket Town breathes with its history and fantastic style.
If you are planning on visiting this town, make sure you have the whole day available as the place will steal your attention and you can quickly lose track of time. A local lady has told me that town was never popular with tourists until now. Lately, they have been having a lot of people coming to visit due to increased interest from foreign people investing in Thailand property. Expect higher than usual traffic coming into the town and allow additional time to find a car park. Taxi services are available on every corner. Taxi drivers are very persistent and loud. You won’t miss them!
While walking around the town make sure you take a stroll through the Dibuk Road or have a cup of tea on the romantic Soi Romanee street. Visit Thai Hua Museum or dine at the famous China Inn Caffe & Restaurant. There are so many options and such a diversity of things to do that it might take you a couple of visits to explore it all.
Bookhemian coffee and gastro bar
To escape the hot weather and kill our hunger we spent our lunchtime at the Bookhemian coffee & gastro bar. The place is a magnet for bloggers and photo lovers. The artistic designs of the area are not the only highlight. Food was delicious and very well presented. I can see myself visiting that place quite often for a cup of Matcha and a cheeky desert.
be a good human – support local businesses
After lunch, we continued exploring the streets of Old Phuket Town. We visited many local shops and purchased some locally made handmade crafts. I love supporting local businesses and creative work. We found ourselves enjoying the art of local painters and are considering to invest in some for our Thailand home.
Another gem that we found was a collectors shop of old iconic toys and other entertaining things. As we wanted to purchase some of the old school toys for our house, the lady at the shop explained to us that most of the items in the shop belong to her older brother’s personal collection and are not actually for sale. I thought it was pretty cool to be able to see someone’s hobby of many years up close and personal. We ended up buying something else for my son’s bday, but the shop left a very interesting memory.
I hope you had enjoyed my story about this remarkable place and our day out. Watch my video above to see all the highlights of our day for yourself.