The influx of tourists has brought great prosperity to the old town of Phuket, which today is a thriving commercial centre, bustling with life. The beach road is lined with luxurious resorts, hotels, shops, pubs and bars. The old quarter in the heart of town has also seen a rejuvenation, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike.
This old area is known as "Lard Yai Walking Street or Thalang Road" becoming pedestrianized on Sunday evenings. The streets are lined with original Sino-Portuguese style buildings, similar to those in Penang’s George Town. The classic beauty of the facades has not faded with the passing years and some have been painted in vibrant colours, or are adorned with graffiti by famous street artists. Other shop fronts remain unpainted, their pale colours contrasting charmingly with their neighbours’.
Many of the old houses in Thalang Road have been converted into shops selling hand-made goods, or restaurants. There is also a performance area where you can see musicians and artists exhibit their skills. The rest of the area is occupied by local street hawkers from all over Phuket, who provide a variety of delicious snacks to try. It’s best to visit the road with an empty stomach, in order to make the most of all that’s on offer!
Lard Yai Walking Street is located on Thalang Road and is open every Sunday from 4pm to 10pm.