Phuket Island in Thailand Dining out in Phuket Town
Located in the Andaman Sea off southern Thailand , Phuket is commonly referred to as the ‘Pearl of South’ and is the largest island in Thailand. It is 48 km in length, 21 km at its widest, suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga Province by a pair of short but substantial road bridges.
Phuket Island offers many different looks and feels for you to discover and enjoy. One of the most popular tourist areas on Phuket is Patong Beach – Patong is the party capital of Asia, with a world famous nightlife and a great beach. Mostly made up of hotels, world class restaurants, nightclubs and various tourist attractions, this is a hedonists heaven of nightlife, with numerous entertainment complexes and countless bars clustered together in and around Bangla Road and the beach road. The town has a very obvious female, transgender and male sex industry to cater to every taste, however to only view it as this is a mistake, it offers so much more, for families and couples too. Other popular beaches are located south of Patong. In a counterclockwise direction these include Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Kata Noi Beach, and around the southern tip of the island, Nai Harn Beach and Rawai. To the north of Patong are Kamala Beach, Surin Beach and Bang Tao Beach. These areas are generally much less developed than Patong, and sought out by individuals, families and other groups with a preference for more relaxed and less crowded environs than Patong. There are many islands to the southeast, including Bon Island, just a short boat trip away. There are several coral islands to the south of Phuket, the Phi Phi Islands to the south east, and Similan Islands lie to the north west. Islanders engage in a lively tourist trade, catering to snorkellers and scuba divers.
Dining out in Phuket Town
Friendly Aussie-English run eatery/watering hole with pool table, televised live sports and occasional live music. Opposite Shell Museum in Rawai.
This is one of the most gorgeous places around and the food is stunning. Chef Krishna knows exactly how to prepare the best Aloo Gobi, Pannir and Dahl. The owner here is a real character too. The sort of place you’ll want to return to . Takua Pa Road.
Located in Royal Phuket City Hotel, Pickles boast an excellent International buffet lunch with special, themed food corner every month. Try out their salad bar if you;re watching your weight.If not, go for some of the delicious meat and fish dishes. This really is the very best buffet in Phuket Town.
A fabulous venue with amaxing de’cor that you’ll never forget. Serves impressive yet, economically-priced food. Located on the same road as the Phuket Chinese Temple, next to the day market ( Soi Puthorn)
Aka the Phuket hill top rainforest park restaurant. Fabulous Thai food and spectacular views across Phuket Town and Chalong. Popular with locals and couples looking for a romantic evening. The best iced coffee in Thailand. Located at Top of Rung Hill, Korsimbee Road, Phuket Town. Open daily
The closet European restaurant to the town’s central market. Salvatore is a remarkable host and chef. His restaurant offers a wide selection of traditional Italian cuisine at its very best. Located by the roundabout ( the one with the fountain) at 15 Rasada Road, Phuket Town.
Almost directly across the road from Salvatore’s is XVI – a super trendy bar which also has an excellent menu. This cool venue caters to all tastes and plays the best trance and chill out music around. An electric menu of Mexican, Thai and Italian. Extensive cocktail list and good house wine and beer. 16 Rasada Road.
Ruam Jai Gin Jay
Absolute bliss for vegetarians and non vegetarians alike. One of four meat free restaurants in a row, Ruam Jai serves an exciting array of dishes and has non spicy food too. Also on sale is a variety of meat free and tofu products. Ranong Road.