I had done my fair share of research before visiting Thailand, I knew what to expect. The turquoise waters, the long boats and the villages with stretches of stools selling handmade goods; I wasn’t wrong for the most part but old town Phuket was a very pleasant surprise. On a day trip from Koh Yao Yai to Phuket, we hopped off the boat and asked to be dropped off in the town and I was instantly mesmerised by the pastel buildings and the colourful streets.
The history of Phuket Old Town starts over a century ago. The area became very rich from a tin boom and the tin barons build these elaborate, Portuguese style colonial buildings. The area is small enough to wander comfortably around on foot but there’s plenty of taxis or tuk tuks around to help you with the heat.
We began by walking down Thalang Road which is full of boutique shops and artisan goods. We spotted the most beautiful building fronts down a side road called Soi Rommani. Soi Rommani is the oldest street in the Old Town and was the first to have its electricity cables buried so it looks much more appealing. This street was slightly quieter so perfect for that photo opportunity.
As well as colourful buildings, there’s a vibrant scene of graffiti in the area. It compliments the colours very well and adds to the vibrant feel.
After walking the entirety of the Old Town and having a good old mooch around, we headed back to the quieter street of Soi Rommani and found this lovely coffee house called Dou Brew. It’s a very contrasting vibe to the exterior, with laid back and muted tones and a bit of a hipster vibe. I had a lychee juice which was so well received in the heat, I highly recommend popping in to this cool place. Find them on Instagram here.
We were fortunate as our pier from Yao Yai was only ten minutes from the Old Town. If you want to explore more of Phuket, there’s the Big Buddha and Kata Beach to see too and these are around forty minutes away. We spent around three hours in the Old Town and that was ample to see everything.
Have you been to Phuket Old Town?