While staying at the Memory at On On Hotel, we were in a part of Phuket known as Old Town. This area reminded me a lot of the neighborhood we lived in in Singapore, Joo Chiat. It was covered with sino-Portuguese architecture similar to the Memory Hotel. While it may not be the most exciting place you can visit in Thailand, it was well worth the day we spent there. The area was full of cafes, artists’ studios & coworking spaces for digital nomads. There are local markets, temples, good restaurants on the cheap & cool bars to sit in. So, if you’re looking for something a little more low key in Thailand, I recommend a night here. Below are some pics of the area:
We grabbed lunch at a place called Many Mango. It was many cheap & delicious so I recommend! If you’re walking to eat there from the Memory at On On, you’ll walk right past this Cat Cafe. You know, just in case you need some cat cuddles before lunch.
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This golden dragon is in a park on Thalang Road. You’re thinking of Game of Thrones, right? Me, too.
Soi Rommanee is a famous little road full of colorful hostels & shops all in Sino-Portuguese architecture. This is between Thaland & Dibuk Roads so you’ll likely walk upon it. Dibuk Road is lined with pastel & rainbow colored buildings like these pictured below:
I cannot tell you the name of this bar but I do remember that it was on Dibuk Road. However, if you do find it, it’s a gem. The place is full of nostalgic chachkies including some of our favorite wrestling action figures from the 80s. That’s right, Hulk Hogan, Big John Stud, Rowdy Roddy Piper, & Macho Man Randy Savage.
I remember seeing a fair amount of graffiti & street art like this just while walking around. Also, you’ll come across lots of artists’ studios where you can talk directly with the artists while they’re working.
Wat Mongkol Nimit is a beautiful temple in Old Town.
If you’re there on a weekend, check out the Walking Street Market. However, if you’re visiting on a weekday like we were, there are local markets to check out, too. You can set your eyes on enormous peas like these ↑ & try new foods from the vendors.
The Blue Elephant restaurant sits in this 105 year old mansion. The restaurant also offers cooking classes. We didn’t actually eat or cook here, though. We just walked around & looked at the grounds. The ambiance reminded me of New Orleans.
I hope this helps in planning for a trip to Phuket!
Ever been to Old Town? What was your favorite thing about it?