I’ve been to Phuket before with my friends but we stayed in Patong and only ventured to Kata and Karon beaches and the surrounding islands. I never had a glimpse of Phuket Town except for the bus station. As I was reading other blogs about Phuket, I chanced upon Pinay Travel Junkie’s post about Phuket Town and without hesitation decided to stay there for a couple of days.
As I walk and explore the small alleys of Phuket Town, it made me think a lot about what’s life like before. This is one thing I love about going to places with a lot of “old buildings and structures.”
How to Get Here
If you’re coming from Bangkok by Bus, the bus stops at the Phuket Town Bus Station. Just go out of the station in Pha Nga Road and walk towards your right.
If you’re staying at the beaches of Phuket, you can take a taxi, a motorbike or a minivan/minibus to Phuket Town.
There are a variety of accommodations available in Phuket Town that will suit everyone’s budget. If you’re working on a tight budget you can stay at On On Guesthouse (reminds me of the movie, The Beach) or Pengman Hotel (120 Baht/Night). I stayed at Pengman Hotel, don’t expect much for this price range though. The rooms are pretty much spartan and basic.
If you’re craving for some comfortable dining experience, you could go to the restaurants of the big hotels or you can go to Central World and dine in some of their restaurants.
If you have a limited budget but still want to enjoy good food, you can eat at Pengman Hotel’s Noodle Shop… one of the best tasting noodles I’ve ever eaten in my life! They may not have the best hostel in the area but they sure seems to be the best noodle shop there.
Phuket Town is pretty much navigable by foot, or you could hire a motodop to tour you around the Old Town. There’re also buses in the market area that could take you to other parts of Phuket.
Grab the free walking tour guide that you’ll find in some shops in Phuket. This will save you a lot of time from researching it on your own. Oh, and don’t forget to try the noodles at Pengman! 🙂