For our travel we are using the 2016 edition of Rough Guide – we are super satisfied, it is as precise as it can be. We have been eating in great restaurants, found the best beaches etc. For Pukhet Island one of the recommended highlights is the Pukhet Town itself. So we sacrificed a day on the beach, rented a scooter and set off to discover this inland beauty:)
And… as you can read in the article – probably Pukhet town is one thing that we could have missed – so we don’t really agree with the authors on this one 🙂
On the way we stopped to see the Wat Chalong temple – built at the beginning on 19th century, is the largest and most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket. It is best known for the sacred relic that is kept here, a fragment of a bone of the Buddha. Chalong Temple is located about 10 kilometers South of Phuket town and just east of Kata beach nearby where we were staying.
If you travel to Thailand for the first time, little tip on how to dress for the temple: cover your shoulders, chest, belly and legs. Take off your shoes and hat before you enter. If you are a lady in very hot weather, it might be good to have a scarf or sarong to cover yourself temporarily. If you come unprepared, at Wat Chalong there are volunteers that happily hand out sarongs for all your covering up needs at the front entrance.
This picture is from www.pukhet.com where we are also finding lots of interesting tips for our travels.
Walls and ceilings are decorated with beautiful painting illustrating the life of Buddha and inside there are many golden statues of Buddha, but as the tourist signs warn: DO NOT HUG THE BUDDHA! 😉
The trip to town which according to Google Maps should take aroud 40 minutes took us more than twice as much because of the crazy traffic. Driving a scooter in Pukhet is an experience on its own (and it was probably the most intense and time consuming experience of the day:)) Honestly – I was a bit afraid, the guide says that in Pukhet itself there are 10 000 scooter accidents per year. No wonder!
When we finally arrived to Pukhet, it was so boiling hot, that we decided to spend the heat in a Thai massage center with AC:) The massage in Pukhet town was also much cheaper than anywhere on the beach – and also all the other prices are much cheaper.
It seems like a great place for people who want to enjoy the local chilled vibe and artistic little caffes and restaurants. There is definitely an alternative dining scene in Pukhet town.
We tried KOPITIAM as recommended by the Rough Guide and the food was amazing. Also most of the things on the menu were less than 100BHT (around 2,5 EUR) which makes the whole experience even better:)
There are few nice historical houses in Pukhet’s Old Town, most famous the colonial style Sino-Portuguese shophouses.
The former red-alley, Soi Romanee, is now transformed into little arty bars and shops.
Honestly – it is interesting, but on a hot day it is definitely worth staying on a beach and look up pictures of Pukhet town on internet 🙂 And next day… up to Ko Lanta, yeaaah!