There are a few things about my ten-day trip to southern Thailand I would change. The beauty of hindsight, right? But the main one would be to spend more time in Phuket Town. I hope after reading about all the amazing things to do in Phuket Town you will be convinced to spend some time there too!
Phuket gets a bad rap sometimes, but Phuket Town (it’s now called Phuket City, but the original name has stuck) is completely different from the rest of Phuket island. For starters, there is no beach and not a *crazy* amount of tourists. It’s quite a small, arty, hipster city. Instead of stalls and street food, you’ll find galleries and brunch. I’ve not even mentioned how beautiful Phuket Town’s Old Town is with its colourful, Sino-Portuguese architecture.
Make sure you spend at least one day in Phuket Town. And here are all the best things to do in Phuket Town once you’re there!
Things to do in Phuket Town
Getting to Phuket Town
Phuket City/Town is on the southeast of Phuket, extremely near Rassada Pier. So, it’s perfect for a stop off on the way to/from Koh Phi Phi.
The best way to get around as a tourist on Phuket is by taxi. If you’re arriving from Phuket International Airport, arrange with your hotel in advance to be picked up at the airport. For me, the cost of this journey was 650THB (£15.66).
If you’re coming back from Koh Phi Phi, you can also let your hotel know what time your ferry arrives at Rassada Pier. It’s just so much easier to organise it via your hotel. And, it’s much more common to do so than anywhere else I’ve travelled to. Then, if there’s a problem, you can just call your hotel and they can work it out for you.
Luckily, Phuket Town is pretty small (the centre, at least) so you should have no problems walking everywhere if you’re in good health.
Accommodation in Phuket Town
I wholeheartedly recommend staying at.
However, if I was visiting Phuket Town by myself, I would choose a hostel. I always book hostels through Hostelworld as they have the most extensive listings and I love their deposit system.
Personally, for such a short trip I wouldn’t use Airbnb in Phuket Town. I wouldn’t want to hang around waiting to meet my Airbnb host and it’s always nice having somewhere to put your bags even if you’ve checked out.
Breakfast – Gallery Café
Start your day right at the Gallery Café! It’s one of the top rated places for breakfast in Phuket Town and it’s super near the in Old Town.
- Take a walk around Old Town – This is one of my favourite things to do in Phuket Town and it’s completely free! Old Town is centred around Thalang Road, Soi Rommani, Yaowarat Road and Talat Yai. Find where the Phuket Town Sunday Night Market is held for some great street art. You’ll definitely want to head check out what’s inside some of these gorgeous shops. One of the most hidden things to do in Phuket Town was a side street (which I can’t find on Google Maps!) of gorgeous Chinese-inspired street art. If you head down Phangnga road from Yaowarat Road and stay left, just after South Wind Books is a Chinese gate. Head down there for some fantastic street art snaps!
Do spend your whole morning ‘getting lost’ in Phuket Town because there are so many fantastic local shops and odd pieces of street art which I didn’t spot on my trip to Phuket Town but you might!
Lunch – One Chun Café & Restaurant
One Chun Café is a Thai restaurant with a charming decor that doesn’t feel stuffy, so it’s perfect for lunch. And there’s even an outdoor dining area out the back.
- Thai Hua Museum – Built in 1933 detailing the history of Chinese people in Phuket, the Thai Hua Museum is probably one of the top cultural things to do in Phuket Town. Open 9:00-17:00 costing 200THB (£4.85) for foreign visitors, less for Thais.
- Art Rendez-vous Gallery – Phuket Town is full of galleries and art studios, I have no idea why it’s such an arty town! If that sounds like fun, first head to the Art Rendezvous Gallery.
- Wua Gallery – Artwork by the ominous ‘Mr. Zen’ is sold at the Wua Gallery, so it’s more of a buying/selling deal than a museum with old Picassos and Monets.
- Phuket Trickeye Museum – And if you aren’t abstracted-out by the end of the day, then check out the Phuket Trickeye Museum. It’s an ‘interactive museum concept’ with 3D paintings to stimulate your creative juices! Opening times are 10:00-19:00 with an entrance fee of 500THB (£12.13) so it might be a little steep for a fun museum.
Dinner – Phuket Indy Night Market
I wanted to head here for dinner when I when I was in Phuket Town for one day, but alas, the rain has different plans. Check out Phuket Indy Night Market for fresh, traditional street food stalls and more commercial accessories to what is sold on the streets of Phuket Town’s Old Town.
- Torry’s Icecream – You HAVE to head to this ice cream parlour after your dinner! Torry’s Icecream is a super adorable little ice cream shop in Old Town, serving all kinds of flavours and toppings in bowls as a traditional place would. It’s open from 11:00-21:30, so it’s perfect for an after dinner treat.
- Club No 43 – Finally, top off your day in Phuket Town with a cocktail at Club No 43. It’s a dark, cosy place with top class cocktails modern furnishings.
And those are all of my recommendations of things to do in Phuket Town if you just have one day! Have you visited Phuket Town? Let me know in the comments below!