Please don't miss a visit to the capital of the island which is not Patong as some people might believe after a week spent on Patong beach....
Most inhabitants would advise you not to go there and tell you that there is nothing to see. But i think it is a pretext because this is the economic pulse of the island and they maybe don't want it învaded by tourists. I think the islanders might want to keep the tourists in their resorts.
I think it is interesting to see this city, the everyday working life of the people here.
Shopping is great and will find much more quality ware then in Patong. There were some nice boutiques selling decorative stuff (Tyara) and also 2 department stores selling cheap shoes for instance.
Just be warned of the "guides" that will come towrds you and offer you to show you the city. They will surely bring you their friends' shops and try to make you buy stuff. Just do it by yourself you can't get lost.
What can I say about Phuket Town? The shopping is the only reason to go there, so put on some confortable shoes and get ready to do some serious bargaining.
There are quite a few shopping complexes in Phuket Town where bargaining is not allowed, but you are still guaranteed to get a good deal.
There is Robinsons where there are thousands of pairs of womens shoes. Then there is the Big C, which sells bits and pieces of everything. There is also Phuket Shopping Centre, which is smaller but you will get a better deal.
Then there are the shops on the streets. These shops sell clothes, shoes, bags and everything else you could want. You can bargain at these shops so make sure you don't settle for the first price they say. Always go to the next shop and see what they will offer you.
Wherever you go, you are sure to have a great day out shopping.
You may need to buy an extra suitcase though . . . .
I have visited these markets three times now and I have thoroughly enjoyed them each time. The people I have taken with me (including guys who hate markets) have all loved the experience and are eager to return - two of them have even said they could happily visit these markets nightly!!
The markets are predominantly VERY fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood, pork and tasty, varied food. There are also dried foods such as spices and fish. So many kinds of food at bargain prices. The foods are really interesting as well as absolutely delicious!
Make sure you don't eat before you visit as it is a great way to eat dinner. Most food goes for about 10 baht per serve. The best time to visit is from around 5.00-7.30pm. There is a later-night market on Ranong Road itself from around 9.00pm. Day markets also run from this area with more of the clothing.
It is a great place to see the locals' way of life in Phuket. Some of the more interesting choices are; deep fried cockroaches and chickens bottoms on skewers. There are butchered frogs for sale along with a few other less palatable choices.
I got really drunk with my thai friends before and went to clubs / bars in Phuket town, its a nice change cause these are Thais who wont be all over you, nice for the enjoy you can bring your own bottle into a lot of these places, and then just buy ice /mix from them.
Thailand is famous for its beautiful ladies with their golden smiles. Thailand is well-known too for its "Katoeys". Anyone who has spent more than a short time in Thailand, is likely to have come across Katoey, the catch-all term for Thailand's large number of transvestites and transsexuals, popularly referred to here in Japan as Mr Ladies of Lady-boys.
Don't let this seemingly lenient attitude fool you, though. Even in a country associated, as pundits say, with loose sexual morals, tolerance does not necessarily mean acceptance, nor an absence of negative social scrutiny. Take a look-see and experience the utmost and extravaganza entertainment center of the South: the Katoey-Cabaret.
These guys showed their superb sparkling to make a collection for the relatives of the X-mas tsunami ... and asked for attention with their famous golden smile ...
It is nice just to sit back (specially if you find a seat in the town center on the street) and watch how the town is living and how people are rushing from one side to another asking questions in their mind .. what are we doing sitting on the street?
Well the thing is it started to rain and we were looking were to find a good corner to wait that the rain stop and there he was this friendly local man sitting on a chair with two free chairs beside him and so we decided to chat a little bit and wait so that a storm stopped.
Quite nice way to meet people and must admit I have a great 10 minutes in this place!
Their multilingual dive team has highly qualified CMAS and PADI professionals. All are fully trained in First Aid / EFR management. Small classes and dive groups ensure that safety is top priority with them.
We were highly impress with Sea Bees. Two of us being Rescue and Adavnced PADI divers and the third one of the group undertaking a PADI Open Water course for the first time. He was very new to diving but seriously enjoyed the course and undertook extra dives after it.
They have also recieved three Golden Dolphin awards for Best Dive Centre in South-East-Asia & Pacific
Check out some real Thai Boxing with up to 13 fights per night. This is the real thing not catering to the needs of tourists. Expect to be heavily outnumbered by locals with vested interests in the fights. Watch money change hand and guy from 8 years upwards go head to head in a trilling contest of skill and tactics. Try and get a ringside seat, we sat alongside the adjudicators and were right at the heart of the action. Well worth it I think about $4.
A shop inside the arena sell as the drinks and snacks one would need to sustain the body through a night of fights.
jus go there for an experience... whereby 'ah qua' dances n sings (its actually CD playing, they jus match e lyrics), n u can take pictures with them after e whole show is over.. its cost 1000baht, if there no increase over e years lah....
Simons Cabaret - an international Travesty show - high level - see my travelogues !
The show is running fast - the entrance fee rather high - the lady-boys unique - almost to perfection !!
The aprés small talk with the performers revealing ! But it is great !!
Reservation is necessary !
Phuket town is a noisy town, and the temperature is very hot in the city. It is not much to do for tourists here, except for having appointments with a dentist or something like that.
Phuket town is very interesting from an architectural standpoint. There are some great old colonial buildings-plus some shop houses. There is also a large Chinese feel to the place.