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Published: February 11th 2015
Kopitiam in Phuket Town
Yes that's what it's called. The Southern Chinese diaspora have made Phuket Town almost indistinguishable from similar Chinese enclaves in Malaysia and Singapore.
Back on the road again!
So a four-day Phuket getaway with some friends had me thinking, why stay for just a few days when the visa's good for a whole month? So here I am, back to the Southern Thai island resort paradise, barely six months after I'd left last year. Having pretty much seen just the hedonistic and tourist-heavy Patong, this time I'll be able to explore at least a few other places on the island.
And my first destination was the old Phuket Town, the administrative centre of the island. In truth, I'd passed Phuket Town en route to Patong when I arrived at the Rassada Pier on the island last year from Koh Phi Phi, so this wasn't exactly my first visit. But the 30 min-1h ride through town and waiting for the public bus transfer probably didn't count as a proper visit, so here I was again.
Sporting heavy influence from the Southern Chinese diaspora, Phuket Town especially in the old Chinatown region resembles the likes of Penang in Malaysia, and certainly some parts of my home country Singapore. Many ethnic Chinese-Thai local denizens too speaking with their Southern Chinese accents.
Patong-Phuket Town Bus
Back to the budget grind. Zippin' around, THB30-style.
Phuket Old Town Hostel.
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