Things to do with Kids in Phuket

This blog post has been rolling around my head for a while. But it's hard to know where to start. I think Phuket is a great place for kids to live, a great place for kids to visit on holiday and a great place for families to experience together. Yes, together. I admit there may be a couple of times when a Mum and Dad might want to leave their kids at the hotel "kids club" and maybe got for a massage together or leave the kids with a babysitter and go for a "just the 2 of us" dinner, but mostly I would say this : Whatever you do, do it as a family. Let the kids experience a variety of places, smells, sights and sounds. In a way, almost all of this blog is about Phuket with kids, because I am a Dad and we are a family! Our kids were born here in Thailand, go to school here, speak Thai and English .. so I realise my situation is different to a visiting family, but the blog sticks to things that tourists can do and does not really dwell on the expat life. The main thing our kids do is school, plus they do extra activities like music and Taekwondo and football. There's a lot for kids to do if you live here ...

Kids football 2

Kids guitar band live on stage

(above) That's my boy playing football and playing guitar

Kids Taekwondo

(above) And my daughter practicing Taekwondo

There's a lot of "kids stuff" here and I am of course happy to let kids be kids, but also involve them in family activities. We often go out for the day at the weekend, or out in the evening to eat and I like them to get new experiences .. I also like to get new experiences myself, but almost always with my family, with the kids. Now, some things depend on the age of the kids, there are things to do in Phuket like parasailing or diving or bungy jumping and these are not for 2 year olds! Kids age 10 or older can try diving - my daughter has tried and I plan to take her for a proper dive trip soon. People often ask me "is this suitable for kids?" - I can tell you with our kids we did boat trips when they were a year old, drove all around Phuket and in the (more than) 6 years since this blog started they've come with us almost everywhere and they are happy to explore back roads, temples, islands ... We (I hope) manage to mix kids stuff with adult stuff. As every parent hopes .. we're doing our best!

Best Things for Kids in Phuket

I am not a fan of lists, but for this blog page, a kind of list is needed. This is not everything, suggestions welcome - please leave a comment on my Facebook Page. This might take a while and I will probably update the page as time goes by .... I asked my kids what they like doing, and they both went for Taekwondo and they both went for "The Beach Bar" ...

Sunset dinner for the kids at The Beach Bar

The Beach Bar is one of our favourite hangouts, we have been going there for years, our kids play with the owners kids, we can eat decent food at a good price, enjoy a sunset beer, it's safe, friendly, quiet. Yes, best thing to do with the kids .. go to the beach (and eat new food!). Kids also mentioned that they like Layan Beach and eating dinner at Dairy Hut and Kopitiam, a couple of restaurants in Phuket Town. I hope kids visiting Thailand try some Thai food - all part of the experience!

My son gave me "Khao Sok" as one of his favourite places - me too! Khao Sok National Park is not in Phuket, it's a few hours drive, past Khao Lak and into the jungle! We like to stay here to relax and get some jungly fresh air. We have also done boat trips on the lake, tubing and kayaking there. Oh yeh!

My boy and his kayak

Closer to Phuket, a great day out that we have done many times, with kids when they were as young as 2 years old, is a boat ride in Phang Nga Bay including James Bond Island and Koh Panyee.

Through the cave

My kids both (independently) wrote that they like to visit the Indy Market, which is on Thursday and Friday evenings in Phuket Town. I urge people always to try Phuket Town sometimes - and if you visit the old town early evening when the Indy Market is on, that's a good time. Better for older kids, not toddlers.

A great weekend we had last year (and will do again) ... we stayed on Racha Yai island, kids went snorkeling, enjoyed beach time, met huge monitor lizards, played in a pool with a great view. Add in the boat ride, the tractor-pulled shuttle from pier to hotel - kids got something new and interesting and had fun, and so did their parents!

Kids Jumping at Racha Yai Island

(above) My daughter and friends enjoying Racha Yai island :)

Next ... Phuket Aquarium. We have been here countless times over the years since our daughter was a baby. Fish! Wow! Fish! Amazing! Colours! Fantastic! And as they get older, Dad the diver can educate them about species and the environment and we all have a good time. And the entry fee is cheap too. They learn something new every time we visit. And it's close to the aforementioned Beach Bar :)

Kids in the tunnel at Phuket Aquarium

And then nerdy Dad takes over. I like my kids to have fun. And learn. Hopefully, sometimes, both at the same time. So, kids let's go to a museum. Phuket has a number of museums and a few of them are very good. The kids have enjoyed several visits to the Mining Museum. Phuket used to have a big tin mining industry back in the 19th century through to the mid 20th century. We've also enjoyed family visits to the Thai Hua museum in Phuket Town, which is mostly about Phuket history and housed in an old school.

Thai Hua Museum Entrance

Let's Rock!

(above) The kidz at the Thai Hua Museum and Phuket Mining Museum

Enough nerdy stuff, let's have some fun (balance, balance). I think I'll have to take the kids to the Splash Jungle Waterpark again sometime soon. They've been twice, it's not that cheap, but boy did they have fun. Can't put a price on a happy face. There's more watery fun at the Phuket Wake Park - both kids have been enjoying wakeboarding and water skiing recently!.

Splash Jungle Waterpark Phuket

Phuket Wake Park

Or how about some mini golf? We've been to the Dino Park mini golf near Kata Beach and the newer Adventure minigolf at Bang Tao Beach. Fun for everyone!

Hole in One?

And I am sure the kids will enjoy Phuket Fantasea or the newer Siam Niramit show. Our kids have seen Fantasea a couple of times and I'd like to go again. Part of the "magic" in these shows is (as an adult) watching your kids watching the show. Watch their magical faces. You might know how the trick is done, but for them it's magic.

Me and the boy at Phuket Fantasea

Like I said, we do like to go exploring sometimes and the kids come and explore with us. A trip we have done a couple of times, and will do again, involves taking a ferry to the small island of Koh Yao Noi, hiring scooters and riding round the island to see what we can see. Kids have loved these days out. New experiences are good for young minds.

Kids exploring the east coast of Koh Yao Noi island

(above) Our kids and friends exploring at Koh Yao Noi

Our kids also love festivals and street fairs - I guess Songkran would be their favourite, and Loy Krathong, and events like the recent Old Phuket Festival. My daughter and I enjoyed walking together and visiting the shrine during last years Por Tor Festival. For a visiting tourist kid, experiencing festivals like these would be great!

Por Tor Festival 2012 in Phuket

(above) Buying a turtle cake as an offering for the Por Tor Festival

Take That Sister!

(above) Having fun on Songkran

This page could go on forever, kids don't have to do "kids things" all the time, a balance of fun, learning, new experiences, time with the family, time to run off without Mum and Dad. Our kids are happy to visit a temple, try new restaurants, and we've been a couple of times to watch Phuket FC, the local football team - last time my son was one of the team mascots :)

Phuket and Chanthaburi Teams Enter the Field

Prayers at Khao Rang Temple

(above) Our son as team mascot, and the kids at Khao Rang temple

Phuket has so much to do and see, some of it is "for kids", but (and you don't need to listen to me) I think if you go on holiday as a family, you should explore and experience things as a family. Most kids enjoy doing things with their parents, so if you want to check out a Chinese shrine, visit a museum or walk around Old Phuket Town, take the kids. And by all means have a day by the pool too! I guess what I am saying ... having kids should not limit what you do too much unless the kids are really small. I guess I should add - be aware that it's hot here, so make sure kids drink plenty of water and get their rest. Have fun with the family!

A final photo ... Phuket is great for kids because ....

Mai Khao Beach, Phuket. Kids Jumping!

Related posts ...

Top 10 Phuket Family Hotels
Things to do on a wet day in Phuket

was für ein Film

Ich hatte schon einen kreativen Beitrag für euch vorbereitet. Doch den habe ich nun erst mal auf nächste Woche verschoben. Warum?

Gestern Abend hatte ich eine Einladung ins Kino. Gold - Du kannst mehr als Du denkst.

Kein Film wie man sie sonst aus den Kinos kennt. Ein Dokumentarfilm. Auch kein sehr leichter Film. So empfand ich es jedenfalls. Aber absolut sehenswert. Wenn ihr es einrichten könnt, schaut ihn euch an.

Egal wie man ins Kino geht, in welcher seelischen, aber auch körperlichen Verfassung. Ihr geht anders wieder aus dem Kino raus. Versprochen. Ein Film der Mut macht, aufbaut, einem seine eigene Sicht wieder etwas gerade rückt.

Ich kann ihn nur empfehlen.

Für den Moment
liebe Grüße
Conny

Me and Generation Jones …

Recent events and readings have stirred memories and found me reaching back in time to the beginnings of my Thailand journey.  I missed the iconic Hippy Trail and the contentious Vietnam War, which marked my brothers generation, by being too young to have participated in either.  Born at the beginning of Generation Jones, I was touched by the idealism of early Boomers, yet the cynicism of the Generation Xers’ has also been well represented in my thinking and motivation.

The Jonesing quality, which some assign to my generation, had me jonesing not for more stuff but for more freedom and self-determination.  As I set off in the opposite direction, others were returning home to pursue the American dream of competition, greed and consumption.

My brother’s experimentation with loud music, the vices of the day and a rather bizarre variety of counter culture groups, allowed me to brush up against things that were really before my time.  Fortunately I seem to have possessed immunity to self delusion, drink and drugs even at an early age and that served me well in Thailand. 

I may have been influenced by the fact that, unlike many of my brother’s generation, he did not set out on that classic Hippy Trail of exploration, but rather retreated into books and ultimately lead him to become entangled in a “group”, which by all outward appearance and report, is a cult.  He of course denies this adamantly, as do others who remain within the group.  His choice to make, I guess.  I on the other hand, never wanted to follow anyone or anything, preferring simply to find my own way.

So I first arrived in Thailand, in the late spring of 1975, not yet twenty one years of age.  The remaining US soldiers were on their way home, with the Thai government having recently taken a less welcoming stance toward their presence and what they had been up to while residing in Thailand.  Several trips while I was still attending university and one extended trip, with the intent of getting Thailand out of my system, assured me that there was no getting it out of my system after all.

I moved into a sprawling mass of humanity with none of the comforts I had grown up with and with no plan.  Yet I was drawn to this place and it felt like home.  It was not the exotic reputation or its strangeness that attracted me but how it made me feel more like me and allowed the freedom to be me.  For many years I had no possessions nor transportation of my own and my only communication with home was traditional mail which took two to three weeks for a turnaround.  Not sure I was able to convey in those letters what my life was like, but perhaps that was a good thing, as my parents would no doubt have worried needlessly.

I read what little was available back then, compared to what we have these days.  I learned what I could about the history, culture, religion and language.  I effortlessly gained access to nearly every level of Thai society, over time.  I spent time in both shanties and mansions, carefully compartmentalizing different aspects of my life and separating what went on at night from what transpired in the light of day.  In spite of my thirst for knowledge and access, I was focussed entirely on Thais and Thailand.  Staying here seemed problematic enough without getting involved with foreign nationals from neighboring countries, those of questionable legal status or those stateless peoples who lived in the mountainous north of Thailand.

There were still communist insurgents in many places where one can freely travel today and I was not interested in anything that would hamper my integration into Thai society and freedom to stay here longterm.  These days it is almost as though visitors, in their modern quest for the Nobel Savage, don’t find modern Thais “primitive” and exotic enough.  Some forsake their own origins and seek to live the life of a village peasant.  For others, even that is not enough, and they seek what they are looking for living among people who have traditionally roamed the forested highlands of the region, without a state of their own.

These mountain people are particularly vulnerable to being used and abused for the financial or personal gain of unscrupulous individuals, entrepreneurs or religious based organizations.  Almost everything that is done for them or to them, seems to further remove them from the process of integration into Thai society and a hopeful future.  Thus securing a continued supply of vulnerable individuals to prey upon.  I acknowledge that life is not fair and the plight of these people is depressing but it is was never a fight I wanted to take on.  I will leave that to others who feel qualified to judge who gets what in life.

These days visitors come armed with detailed itineraries garnered from ubiquitous guidebooks and the limitless internet.  With GPS and smartphones one is never lost or out of touch.  I have no more idea what it is like to arrive in Thailand today, than new arrivals have of what it was like for me when I first arrived. 

It can be interesting to read the assumptions people make about me and my life here in Thailand based on their own experience.  Most of it is unrecognizable to me but that is not the point.  The point is people are still searching and still finding their way to Thailand.  There are still those who make a mess of it but I feel that has more to do with them than it does with Thailand.  Thailand may indeed be your undoing or your salvation.  It is not the safe choice and perhaps some would be better served by going elsewhere.

I think it is worth the risk but that is just me talking from the perspective of someone who flourished here.  Someone else may very well tell you a different story and you should listen to both.  Life, love, happiness...its all a risk.  A risk some are willing to take and others are not.

Karte "weil du mir soviel bedeutest" mit süßen, kleinen Rosen


Heute möchte ich euch eine Karte mit 3-D-Effekt zeigen. Die Röschen sind aus Kreisen, die man spiralförmig einschneidet und dann aufwickelt superschnell und einfach gemacht. Sie verleihen dieser Karte den 3-D-Effekt und sehen so hübsch aus.

Für den Moment
liebe Grüße
Conny

Karte "Sei dir selbst ein guter Freund"

Heute möchte ich euch eine Karte zeigen, die mit dem aufgestempelten Spruch für verschiedene Anlässe oder eben auch einfach nur so geeignet ist.


Für den Moment
liebe Grüße
Conny

Wonder


Total Penny Count: 61

I have exactly one special talent: I find lucky pennies.

I don’t mean that I find lucky pennies every once in a while.  I mean that I find them a lot.  Like, at least once a week.

Sometimes, I find more than one penny at a time.  For example, last week, I found 61 pennies.  All at one time.

My talent wouldn’t be so special except for one thing…. Every time I find a penny, something good happens. And, not like a little thing, but a really good thing. 

For example, one time I found ten pennies. The next day, I found my new home with an incredible view of the lake, which I never dreamed would be possible.

Another time, I found three pennies and the next day, I got exactly three new client projects.

And another time, I found a one Euro coin!  Later that afternoon, I lost my cell phone in Barcelona, but lucked out because someone found it and returned it to me.

So, you can imagine how I must have felt when I found the 61 pennies.   Whoaaaa!!!

If I didn’t know there was a wishing well down the street, I would have skipped back home, but I realized that the pennies were probably taken from the wishing well.  There was no way I could keep the wishes of 61 people, so that night I took the pennies to the well. 

As luck would have it, I found yet another penny on the sidewalk while walking home from the wishing well.  In fact, I have found four more pennies since I found the 61 pennies last week. 

With all those pennies, I kept expecting something good to happen.  But, nothing!

I love making connections and meaning out of the most mundane things, like the pennies. For me, it makes life fun, but I was starting to get really annoyed because nothing good was happening, ….and after all those pennies!

And today, it finally dawned on me. 

In the last month, I’ve been so focused on work and business and results and doing and getting things done and schedules and agendas and timeframes and proposals and meetings and presentations and phone calls and deliverables and outcomes and on and on and on and on….. that I had lost my sense of wonder.

Luckily…. It seems it just found me.

© 2013 Lisa Ann Edwards

neutrale Karte mit Lesezeichen und Schmetterlingen

Ich hoffe, ihr hattet alle ein schönes, ruhiges Wochenende.

Heute möchte ich euch eine neutrale Karte zeigen. Sie ist mit Schmetterlingen gestaltet. Was mir daran besonders gefällt. Das Schmuckelement kann man abnehmen und als Lesezeichen verwenden.

Ich habe immer das Problem, dass mir die Karten, die ich bekomme soooo gut gefallen und ich sie nicht wegwerfen kann. Aber es werden eben auch immer mehr. Was tun?

Hat man so eine Karte bekommen, kann man das Lesezeichen abtrennen und verwenden. Und Lesezeichen habe ich nie genug.

Doch seht selber.

Nun wünsche ich euch einen guten Start in eine schöne Woche.

Für den Moment
liebe Grüße
Conny


Ruby Buffet, Massapequa, New York

During the early summer of 2012 we saw signs in an indoor shopping mall not too far from our home about a new Chinese buffet "coming soon". The sign was posted next to the food court and we wondered where they would fit a buffet restaurant - and we were not sure if this would be a real sit down buffet restaurant or a counter buffet in the food court with per pound prices. Months and months went

eine weitere Für Dich Karte

Und schon wieder Freitag. Wahnsinn.

Heute möchte ich euch eine weitere Für Dich Karte zeigen, die zu vielen Anlässen eingesetzt werden kann.

Sie hat zwar den gleichen Inhalt wie die Karte gestern, sieht aber total anders aus.

Ich wünsche euch allen ein schönes, erholsames Wochenende.

Für den Moment
liebe Grüße
Conny

RETIREMENT----WHY THAILAND ????

Retirement----Why Thailand

When we travel on vacation or we are out and about one of the most ask questions is "Why Thailand."In order to really answer that question , First, you have to know that I am married to a Thai lady , and one of my main concerns in my marriage was what could I do to make her happy .We came to Thailand in 2003 on a vacation and a chance for me to meet her family and kids. I saw at once ,how happy she was to be in her home country with friends and family , and yet have the security in knowing that she had a husband who could and would do anything she needed , with-in reason to make her happy. Not only could I see how happy she was , but I at once fell in love with Thailand , there was lots of things that attracted me to the LOS , BUT the most important one was how happy Ciejay seemed to be .

I knew it was about time for us to start thinking seriously about where we wanted to live out out retirement years , I had always thought about somewhere close to my Brother and Sister, out Tenn. way , and we went for a visit to check things out before coming to Thailand the next year on Vacation , and somehow it just didn't feel right to both of us. Before we came over to the LOS we had mentioned to each other if the opportunity and time arrived that we would look around and maybe think about Thailand (of course it was my first visit ,so much of the decision would be on my shoulders. We looked around and then on the last day when we came to Kanchanaburi and our small village of Whang Pho , We looked at each other and smiled, and knew this was the place. We had little daylight left for this visit to her Older Brother and the next day it was off to Bangkok to catch the plane and head home , Would you believe we found a little house and piece of land and bought it in the dark of night , saying that we would be back next year when I retired and make it our home , Everyone laughed and thought to themselves that they would never see us again, but we fooled them all and you can read about the move and remodel and moving , in a older post , just go back and start from my first ones .

Now that was a long story to tell you the main reason for choosing Thailand. Some of the others are as follows and in no order of importance , all of them to us are important reasons for choosing the LOS.

1.--My small SS check is enough for us here in Thailand.

2.--We were able for Ciejay to buy a house and small piece of land with what little money we had in savings.

3.--The weather is the kind of weather I always thought I would like about a place, when I retired.

4.--The food is out of this world tasty, healthy (spicy mind you ) but plenty and fresh, and growing everywhere , even in your own backyard.

5.--The Thai people, even tho it took a while to get use to their way of life and culture and their way of thinking .

6.-- The almost crime free village and area we live in .

7.--Lots of things to see and do , and a lot of it not far from where we live .

8.--Our Thai family

9.--Our dogs(our kids ) that can run free and wild .

10.--Our home and little piece of paradise.

11.--Our village and the town folks .

12.--And our neighbors

13.--Our Drs. and health care

14.-- Our church and church family

15.-- The difference in my health since moving here to Thailand

16.-- And the difference in me and my thinking about life and living.






That's not all the reasons , I could go on and on , and you might say "well couldn't you find that in your own country ", maybe so , But we didn't. and we have found it here in what we call our little piece of paradise, that , we believe the Lord had saved just for us and all the blessings that go along , with being Retired in Thailand and Loving It . Malcolm

Karte für Dich

Heute möchte ich euch wieder mal eine relativ neutrale Karte zeigen. Mit dem Stempel "Für Dich" versehen, kann man sie für alle möglichen Themen einsetzen.

Die Idee dazu hatte ich von einem Swap, die ich auf einem SU Treffen eingetauscht hatte. Leider habe ich den Namen dazu nicht mehr.

Die Idee mit dem Einsatz der Briefmarkenstanze finde ich besonders bezaubernd.

Für den Moment
liebe Grüße
Conny

Old Town Festival 2013

It was festival time last week in Phuket! Chinese New Year was on February 10th (welcome to the year of the snake!), and the Chalong Temple Fair was on from the 9th - 17th February. And at the weekend from Friday 15th - Sunday 17th February, it was the Phuket Old Town Festival which was taking place for the 14th time highlighting old Phuket Town as a place to visit, and featuring music, art, food and history. For sure Phuket has some nice beaches and lots of hotels and lots of tours, but Phuket tourism really only kicked off less than 30 years ago, and the real Phuket is easy to find if you get off the beach and explore! This years festival was way bigger than last year, with street stalls, stages, entertainers and crowds covering several square blocks of the old town on Thalang Road, Krabi Road, Phang Nga Road, Soi Romanee and more.

Krabi Road, Old Phuket Town

(above) Food stalls along Krabi Road on Sunday 17th February

We skipped the Friday events, as I was working until 6pm and rather annoyingly, a big festival procession was planned to start at 5pm. It's a shame that I miss things like this sometimes due to work. We could have gone later, but planned a few drinks with friends and anyway we knew that we'd be there on Saturday evening as our kids were signed up to perform on stage along with lots of others from their music school - they learn guitar. Pop and rock, not classical. So on Saturday afternoon we headed into town around 5pm before things got busy for a little wander before checking in at the big stage on the corner of Phang Nga Road and Phuket Road. Better get the kids something to nibble before they go on stage - and finding food during the festival was not hard. Food stalls everywhere!

Fresh Orange Juice

Thai sausages

Street dinner

We checked in at the stage and our kids little pop group was given number 20 in the line up. We figured that might mean a wait of about 90 minutes, but they were to be the 20th music act, this did not count dance groups and all the announcing in between. Our kids music teacher was also a bit frustrated by the end! He prefers something small scale with just "his" kids performing. Well, anyway, I figured that I had enough time for a walk up Phang Nga Road to find a cold beer and take some pictures ...

Street Art on Phang Nga Road

Roxy Pub

Phang Nga Road had a number of artists exhibiting or selling their talent. I was tempted to buy something, but really we don't have a place to put a huge painting like the one above. I found a cold Chang beer at the Roxy Pub which is a popular weekend hangout, one of many small bars and cafes in old Phuket Town. Thinking of a blog post about a "pub crawl" in town sometime soon! Well, I had a beer and wandered back up the road to the stage to see how things were progressing. All along the road, and indeed all over the old town, were street entertainers and performance artists such as these guys below ...

Street Entertainer

Street Entertainer / Statue

And the time ticked by ... we waited behind the stage with the clock tower across the street.

Phuket Town Clock Tower

And finally our kids got to perform one song (should have been 2, but later acts only got 1 darn it) on the stage in old town, well done kids! I am amazed at them going on stage with a crowd watching, very proud Dad. Then we could all take a little walk before heading home. This was around 10pm and the streets were packed! We were all tired, so planned to see more on Sunday.

Painted Faces

Street Entertainer

(above) Painted faces in Old Phuket Town on 16th February 2013

On Sunday 17th we headed to town again for a walk, to get some food, and I reckon it was even more crowded than Saturday! We did not get to town until nearly 8pm so the streets were already packed and finding a parking space anywhere near the old town was hard work! Walking in the crowds trying to take photos and not lose my wife and kids was a challenge at times. Again, there were performances, art and food everywhere along the roads, plus the several big stages set up too.

Busy streets in Old Phuket Town

After a hot day, nothing beats a "very cool beer" :

Very Cool Beer

We wandered up Thalang Road which we'd missed on Saturday. Thalang Road is kind of the heart of old town, and is nice for a walk any evening. We had hoped for some food at Kopitiam, a nice old style cafe, but it was absolutely packed, so we looked for street food instead. Just west of Kopitiam, Thalang Road becomes Krabi road and there were lots of food stalls. We also found a secondhand book stall where my daughter got an 'X-Factor' annual for 10 Baht and the boy chose a 'Captain Scarlet' annual, also 10 Baht... not sure he knows the history of Captain Scarlet though! Krabi road was also very busy ...

Krabi Road, Old Phuket Town

Strawberry Man

(above) Strawberries for sale on Krabi road

Khao Yam

(above) Khao Yam (south Thai rice salad) for sale

Back along Thalang Road, there were aspiring singers everywhere! Seems like any kid with a guitar could just show up and go for it! And some were drawing a crowd ...

Street Music

Street Music 2

We walked down a block to Phang Nga Road and there was some more serious music being played on a stage set up outside the old On On Hotel which has been closed for ages, undergoing renovations. Part of the festival was about history, Thai culture, local food etc... but here we have a rock band who were doing Guns 'n' Roses, Iron Maiden and UFO. We stopped to listen a while with our rock-star kids :)

Rock Music in Phuket Town

Lots of art on the streets. One guy was drawing a huge cartoon map of old Phuket Town and I really liked this giant cloth - great colour...

Street Art in Phuket Town

Street Art

With the streets still full of people, we had to head home, as of course the kids have school on Mondays, so a late night was not an option, and it was already nearly 10 o'clock, rather past their bedtime! Lots of fun, these local events, and the old town is a great place for a street festival. This is the side of Phuket I like, and really the raison d'etre of this blog. Beaches, nightlife, tours and hotels - yes, Phuket has plenty - but Phuket has so much more...

Related blog posts:

Kathu Street Culture Festival 2012
Abduls Roti Shop on Thalang Road
Old Phuket Town Getting a Face Lift
Phuket Indy Market
Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2012