The following is a guest post by M.E. Reidy, an American student studying law in London. It’s timely, because I’m probably headed to Phuket in a few days, after I finish Songkran here in Bangkok.
Phuket, Thailand is a place meant to be seen and experienced. The largest island in Thailand, Phuket is lined with tropical beaches and entrenched in culture. You can spend the day on the sand or you can take one of several tours offered and see elephants or architecture, depending on your tastes. Both have a majestic quality; one just happens to be a massive mammal. Head to Phuket Town and explore Old Phuket Town, a treasure trove of temples, unique homes, and a place filled with character. Phuket contains endless possibilities in terms of activities and sights.
Phuket has more than just beautiful beaches and picturesque scenery, it also has a range of fine dining options. The restaurant scene definitely has an international flair. Not only can you find Thai cuisine, but the area also boasts modern European, from French to Italian. The real gem of course is the local flavor. Thai food is an art form all itself. The aromatic Thai dishes have the ability to make your mouth water before you even know what’s actually on the plate. Whether it’s Tom Yam Goong, a delicate mix of hot and sour, or the infamous Pad Thai, a noodle dish with meat or seafood, some vegetation and the crucial, plate-making, crushed peanuts, your taste buds won’t be disappointed. It’s virtually impossible, I promise.
My local Thai restaurant in London, a tried and true favorite, offers up an excellent version of Pad Thai. However, as the saying goes, there is nothing better than the real thing. And there is nothing better than traditional Thai food actually enjoyed in Thailand. Options to enjoy authentic Thai abound in Phuket, why not dine at a restaurant located in an old mansion or one overlooking the water? With fresh seafood, spicy curries, and flavors straight from the land, it’s hard to go wrong.