Wanting to see another side of Thailand, my cousin recommended that we visit Patong: “If you’ve never been to Phuket before, start in Patong.”
That is exactly what we did. Patong is mostly made up of hotels, restaurants, tourist information centres and nightclubs i.e. perfect for the party-loving holiday maker, but not so ideal for us. Nevertheless, we braced ourselves and stepped out of our hotel in the early evening to be greeted by the first of many holes in the sidewalks.
I use the term ‘sidewalk’ very loosely. Most of the time, people, cars and mopeds just merged on one long strip of tarmac.
It was rather dirty and smoggy.
I love it when the sky goes pink though!
As we’d just missed out on the night market in Krabi Town, we decided to check out what the food market in Patong had to offer. Welcome to Malin Plaza!
Casual parrot just chillin’
We’re both big fans of sushi, but these looked pretty grim. Plus, the mixture of Thai heat and raw fish wasn’t an appealing combination…
We’d never seen a whole boiled egg or preserved eggs on sushi before!
There were also an abundance of meat skewers…
…and seafood skewers!
All ready to be barbecued.
Barbecued shark, anyone?! We actually came across quite a few hagglers for this bad boy!
There were also many noodle stalls, where you could pick and mix your noodles and toppings and they’d fry it all up for you.
We went for the seafood noodles here.
Check out the shellfish collection…
We opted for a couple of grilled scallops in garlic, butter, chopped tomatoes and herbs!
While waiting for them to cook, we wandered around a little more, finding fresh veg,
dried squid and food in bags,
as well as a funky, cocktail van!
We also decided to try some new fruit.
We went for a mangosteen (on the left) and rambutan (on the right). I disliked the mangousteen because it had a really bizarre, soft and slimy texture, however Ry liked it. We enjoyed the rambutan though, as it just tasted like a large lychee, just not as sweet or juicy.
After collecting our cooked food from various stalls, we headed back to our room to enjoy our little feast in bed, while watching some really bad crime shows on one of the only English channels!
We had the aforementioned scallops and seafood noodles, spring rolls, a crayfish skewer, fried chicken drumsticks and barbecued squid. The food was good, but pretty underwhelming. Although nothing tasted as fresh and delicious as we’d hoped, it was still a fun experience! 😀
Stay tuned for day 2 in Patong! 😉
Hope everyone is having a fab weekend!