Food in Phuket
Food is easy to come by in Phuket, with a bevy of options to suit different palates. There is a particular emphasis on seafood in its local cuisine, which often features fried or boiled noodles, spices, smoked shrimp and fresh vegetables. Cashew nuts and pineapples are widely available native produce that are also used in food preparation.
Phuket Chinese, Peranakan and Malay food are also common due to the province’s diverse heritage; expect dishes like Hokkien noodles, tamarind prawns, pork cooked in dark soya sauce, fried glutinous rice and fried oyster omelette. Other cuisines, such as Japanese and Western, contribute to the cosmopolitan food selection in Phuket – especially in Patong, where many foreigners have set up restaurants.
Nightlife in Phuket
Phuket’s bustling night scene is second only to Pattaya’s out of Thailand’s beach resorts. Check out legendary Patong, the undisputed centre of the Phuket’s nightlife activity. All the main action takes place along Soi Bangla, with a mix of restaurants, bars, discos, live music clubs and cabarets.
Performances by ladyboys can be seen at Soi Katoey or Soi Crocodile; they will be glad to pose for a photo or two in their costumes in-between shows. Besides Patong, the nightspots at likes of Mamala, Karon, Kata, Phuket City and Rawai pulsate with partygoers too – perhaps with more local flavour when compared to tourist-filled Patong.