These are shots of what we saw, did and ate that day in Phuket City.
Phuket Old Town
Phuket Old Town is historically rich, and Thalang Road is lined with 100-year-old Sino-Portuguese 'shophouses'. Walking down the road reminds me of my mother's hometown Malacca which was also subject to the Portuguese rule for 130 years.
A traditional outfit we encountered, very similar to the Nonya Kebaya. My maternal grandmother is of the Nonya heritage, and a lot in Phuket Old Town reminded me a lot of my mother's side of the family:
A typical mini-bus in Phuket - not exactly the safest way to get around, but probably safer than hiring a scooter:
Talad Tai Rot (Phuket Weekend Market)
The weekend market in Phuket town is also known as Talad Tai Rot, which means "car boot sale". According to this website, these types of markets started after the East Asian financial crisis in 1997 when many lost jobs, and selling housewares from 'behind the car' was a means of survival. All sorts of things can be found in this market - clothes, shoes, watches, various knick knacks and food. We spent most of our time in the food section, after I'd bought a pair of sandals for me and sunglasses for the boy. The market is off Chao Fah West Road opposite Naka Temple (Wat Naka).
We arrived at the market around 4pm when stall owners were just setting up shop. This shot was taken on the periphery of the market, where it wasn't so crowded. Part of the Naka Temple can be seen to the right of the shot:
Khanom bueang (crispy pancakes) in the making:
Various fish balls and meat balls skewered and ready for cooking:
Squid satay sticks on the grill:
The internationally popular Thai fish cakes being fried in a deep-fryer:
We got one packet of 8 fish cakes, which were yummy:
The boy eating a fried sweet potato ball (after checking that it didn't contain any of the ingredients he is allergic to - my list of allergenic ingredients translated into Thai came in very handy):
I'd heard of Phuket pineapples, and these were the best pineapples I've ever eaten:
Very sweet and deliciously juicy:
A stall selling various cakes and sweets wrapped in leaves:
There was one stall selling crispy insects, and I bought a little of everything for 20baht, to try later if we were game:
Back at the hotel, the sweet goods we bought at the cake stall. Very similar to the Nonya kueh that I love so much. The spherical gray balls to the top of the image is sakoo sai moo (steamed tapioca balls filled with pork and peanuts), and are savoury and a little spicy:
The insects. Just hearing them clatter onto the plate made my skin tingle:
Our adventures in Phuket continued onto the next day, when we went on the Multi-adventure Safari tour - which included elephant trekking, watching Muay Thai and Thai cooking demonstration