Phuket, often known as the “Pearl of the Andaman”, will probably be etched in your memory as one of the world’s greatest coastal culinary hotspots after this trip. Fluke and Natalie are ready to take you on the gastronomic trail with this trip, which incorporates dishes that encapsulate Phuket’s history and culture on a plate. Will the charm and great flavour being served up make you fall in love with your two famous guides?
12.00 hrs. Blue Elephant
Fresh ingredients like locally caught rainbow lobster seem all the more perfect when eaten in the elegant surroundings of the old Mayor of Phuket’s century-old house. There’s no better way to enjoy this cuisine than among the charming Sino-Portuguese architecture which has become synonymous with Phuket.
Prices start at 500 baht
15.00 hrs. Phuket Thai Hua Museum and Café In
Explore the origins of Phuket and its people through a series of antique photographs and artifacts at this exhibition that depicts the lifestyles of the original Chinese settlers in the city. There’s also an irresistibly chic café next door to hop into for a refreshing drink.
Museum entry fee 50 baht
17.00 hrs. The Charm
This restaurant was awarded a Bib Gourmand in 2019’s Michelin Guide and serves some outstanding cuisine under its “Taste of Home” concept in an ambience which combines elements of both Chinese and Sino-Portuguese styles. The food is mainly local fare with influences from Hai-Lum Chinese and Peranakan cuisine and the resident chefs use fresh, quality ingredients including soy sauce imported from Penang, Malaysia and top secret culinary techniques to get the very best out of them. Recommended dishes include Nam Chup Yam, a type of relish made from shrimps and shrimp paste, Moo Hong style slow-braised pork and Kaeng Pladumee, a tangy soup with fish and okra.
Prices start from 250 baht
18.30 hrs. Check-in at JW Marriot Hotel
Luxury accommodation decorated in a unique style that reflects the cultural heritage of Phuket. Located on a secluded beach with fine, white sand, this is the perfect location to kick back at after a day’s travelling and tasting.
Room prices start from 3000 baht/night
08.00 hrs. Breakfast at the hotel
09.30 hrs. Check Out
10.30 hrs. Rock Beach Swing
Make the short journey to a small cove, hidden away amongst nature, not far from the Sam Aow viewpoint. Park up at the entrance to the cove and continue your trip in one of the local’s vehicles due to the steepness of the path. Around 800 metres up the path there’s a nice spot to relax, enjoy the view and make the most of a few photo opportunities in the cool looking bird’s nest seating, one of the hammocks, the impressive Bali style swing or the main highlight, the striking white “Stairway to Heaven”.
Entrance fee 250 baht
12.30 hrs i46 Old Town
A coffee shop converted from an 80 year old Chinese house where visitors can sip great coffee and listen to local blind people conjure up some evocative sounds on the Gu Zheng, an ancient Chinese stringed instrument. There’s also the chance to find out about the area and how it came to be whilst sampling some of its tasty sweet treats and snacks.
14.00 hrs. Woo Gallery
Admire the architecture of bygone eras along with the decorations, household artifacts and family heirlooms that are displayed here to reflect the wisdom, beliefs and ways of life of past generations of Phuket residents.
15.00 hrs. Torry’s Ice Cream
Phuket’s most renowned local ice cream parlour serves up premium homemade ice cream right in the centre of the old town. Every scoop is lovingly made from only the freshest ingredients and served to you for the best and coolest taste.
Prices between 95-200 baht
17.00 hrs. Acqua Restaurant
Italian fine dining from the kitchen of Michelin starred Alessandro Frau which consistently wows diners with depth of flavour and creativity. The signature dishes on offer include lobster salad, slow-cooked egg on cheese fondue and Sicilian red prawns and there’s a comprehensive selection of Italian wines to provide the perfect accompaniment to this special meal.
Prices from 400 baht