I was in Phuket over the weekend. I stayed on the quiet side. The East. I took a trip into Old Phuket Town early one morning to get some bakery breakfast. It was early by local standards and most of the stores were all closed. There were a few people making their way to work in cars and on motorbikes, but for the most part the old town was only just beginning to be roused by the morning sun.
I prefer this part of Phuket. I’m not a fan of the way tourism has completely blurred the traditional culture and beauty of the west coast beaches. In the Old Town you still feel like you are in Thailand as opposed to Bali, Portugal or some other over-exploited tourist location around the world.