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7 Great Local Restaurants in Phuket

A very nice video by Art Thomya, featuring Phuket's very own Kritchaya (Chaya) Na Takuathung, exploring some local foods and local restaurants. I have eaten at a few of these places, another one I plan to try ASAP! The emphasis here is on very local food that might be hard to get elsewhere in Thailand. Enjoy!


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7 Great Local Restaurants in Phuket

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Fried Ice Cream in Phuket

I first saw this so-called "fried ice cream" a couple of years ago. It's not actually fried in hot oil ... it's made on an ice pan. Ingredients are poured out, mixed, chopped and frozen on the ice pan. This video was taken at the Sunday walking street market in old Phuket Town.


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Fried Ice Cream in Phuket

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The Memory at On On Hotel

Back in 1999, I arrived in Phuket by bus from Bangkok and had my eye on the On On Hotel, as recommended by my good old Lonely Planet guide, and the hotel had recently been used as part of the filming of "The Beach" starring Leo. The On On doubled as a cheap Bangkok backpackers hotel. It looked great, lots of character, an old building, apparently the oldest (or one of the oldest) hotel in Phuket Town. On the day I arrived, the On On was full, so I had to find an alternate for a night, then I went back to On On, as I was determined to stay there. Don't remember the exact room rate, something like 180 Baht. It had a little cafe attached, a sagging bed, walls that did not go up to the ceiling and the wooden construction inside was so rickety that my bed bounced if someone walked past outside. I only stayed the one night, as next day I headed to Patong beach to look for work as a dive instructor. On On stayed the same for many years, but a few years ago it closed for a huge face-lift, reopening in 2013 as "The Memory at On On Hotel" with some fancy rooms (and some dorms too). Low season prices look very good. There's still a cafe, now tarted up and called the Baba. I saw this video online, obviously a promo for the hotel, but very nicely done ....



The Memory at On On Links

Official Hotel Website
Memory at On On - Booking @ Agoda.com


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The Memory at On On Hotel

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Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi and Phuket (Video)

Here's a nice little video made by a couple of brothers while sailing around Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi and the east of Phuket. Shows plenty of beautiful scenery. Phang Nga Bay is full of islands and I wish I had my own boat! Really should look into doing some more trips to different islands in the near future. This video is by Blue Eden. Yes, this is a very nice place to live! Enjoy!


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Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi and Phuket (Video)

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Ratchaphruek Flowers

April is when the ratchaphruek flowers bloom. It happens seemingly overnight in the hot season, yellow blooms bursting to life all over the country. The ratchaphruek flower is the national flower of Thailand, it's yellow colour is symbolic of Monday, the day when King Bhumibol was born. I just noticed the flowers springing to life last week, so I stopped for a few photos today! Certainly does brighten up the countryside which can look a bit brown at this time of year when rainfall has been scarce for a few months. These photos all taken on 50 Year road (Hasip Pee Road) which winds through the hillside above Patong beach.








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Ratchaphruek Flowers

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Patong in 1993

1993 sounds pretty recent, right? Phuket tourism was already fairly well developed, but I think there must have been a lot of changes in the 1990s. I came to Phuket in 1999 and lived the first year in Patong. It was already pretty busy, but some areas that are full of hotels and businesses now were pretty quiet in 1999. And now I see this video from 1993, wow, 6 years before I came and there were fields with buffalo and still little shack style restaurants on the beach road. The Paradise hotel stands out like a sore thumb and there are big GOGO bar signs along Bangla road. A rather different Patong. Back in 1999 I though Patong was OK. Now I just don't go there unless it's absolutely necessary! Lots of little points of interest in this video.



Of course some people love Patong and it has more hotels than all the other west coast beaches put together!

Patong Beach Hotels @ Agoda.com


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Patong in 1993

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