Thalang Road is the main central street of Phuket’s charming Old Town. This quaint, narrow boulevard is studded with numerous attractions, great shops, an eclectic mix of restaurants, several small guesthouses and more, all housed in the beautiful Sino-Portuguese architecture that makes Phuket Town so famous. As well as being one of the oldest streets in Phuket, it remains one of the busiest. It's still a major route for road traffic, except on Sunday evenings when it becomes Phuket’s own Walking Street.
Running for 600 metres through the heart of the city, Thalang Road starts from Montri Road, crosses the Bang Yai canal and Thepkasattri Road (the main highway along the length of the whole island) and ends at a junction with Yaowarat Road, where it becomes Krabi Road. It’s a one-way street along the older part, west of Thepkasattri Road. This area is where you’ll find Thalang Road’s only side-street – Soi Romanee.
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Notable attractions on Thalang Road
Phuket Walking Street
Phuket Walking Street is a night market that takes over the beautiful Thalang Road in Phuket Old Town every Sunday evening. Also known as Lardyai (from the southern Thai dialect version of talaad yai, which means ‘big market’), Phuket Walking Street allows visitors to discover some typical southern Thai culinary specialities as well as local handicraft and gift stalls. This weekly event is definitely family-oriented with the presence of toy stalls as well as musical performances and other entertaining acts.
- Opening Hours: Sundays from 4pm to 10pm
- Location: Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Eleven Two & Co.
A unique fusion café and restaurant, Eleven Two & Co. really embraces the quirky, boutique nature of Thalang Road. It combines western and Asian dishes along with craft beers and a small souvenir shop selling postcards, soaps, magnets and other knickknacks, some of which are made by the owner, June.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 10am to 8pm, Sundays from 11am to 9pm
- Location: 112-114 Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 354 424
Soi Romanee is the oldest and one of the most colourful streets in Phuket Town – indeed, on the whole island. Lined with bars, cafés and guesthouses, its vintage buildings make a beautiful backdrop for photos during the day and a chilled-out nightspot in the evenings. Better yet, it was one of the first streets in Phuket to have its power and telephone cables buried, meaning that there are no ugly bundles of cables to ruin the historic charm. Look out for the huge graffito by noted street artist Alex Face at the junction with Thalang Road.
- Location: Soi Rommani, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
True to its name, Bo(ok)hemian Arthouse is a very bohemian café, with a rough-and-ready look created by a scuffed concrete floor and sketches of Phuket Town mounted on chipped concrete walls. Also living up to its name is the extensive selection of books, including foreign and Thai language options, which you can enjoy with a low-cost iced coffee or latte, as well as homemade cakes.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 9am to 7pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9am to 8.30pm
- Location: 61 Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)98 090 0657
Macchiato House and Cakebox
Macchiato House is a tasteful, chic café featuring large black-and-white photos of famous people on its coffee-coloured walls. It has 2 computer stations with free Wi-Fi available for use, a range of books and magazines to browse through and even a small shop selling purses and bags. These all complement a good range of high-quality coffees and teas and an impressive selection of fruity cakes. There's a fan-cooled garden space at the back and the seating in the shop is very comfortable, making this a great spot for a social hang-out.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm
- Location: 48 Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 215 701
Nguan Choon Tong Herbs Shop
Nguan Choon Tong is the oldest medicine shop on the island and has been a feature of Thalang Road for over 75 years. It featured on CBS’s Amazing Race in 2009, when each of the 14 contestants asked the shopkeeper to open each of the 99 individual herb draws in order to find their clue. It's a functional herb shop, with each of the wooden draws containing a different dried root, bark, leaf, insect or other weird and wonderful treatment. Many locals favour these wares over modern medicine, not least because it's considerably cheaper.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 8am to 6pm, Sundays from 8am to 11am
- Location: 16 Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 215 901
China Inn Café & Restaurant
China Inn Café & Restaurant is brimming with history and tradition, with décor to match its wonderful historic setting. Tastefully distributed classic memorabilia adorns a beautifully restored old shophouse, with a Feng Shui-inspired backyard for perfect peace. The fact that there's also an extensive menu of classic Thai dishes, as well as a few western specials, is almost an afterthought. With tasty food and great service, this is one of the top dining spots in the area.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Wednesday from 10.30am to 6pm, Thursday–Saturday from 10.30am to 9pm, Sundays from 10.30am to 6.30pm (closed on Mondays)
- Location: 21 Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 356 239
Kopitiam by Wilai
Kopitiam marries a historic style with great homemade-style Thai cuisine to create a charming little restaurant that's absolutely perfect for Thalang Road. The décor is somewhat austere and Chinese influenced, with nostalgic framed photos of Phuket more than 30 years ago, but suits the place perfectly. The food, meanwhile, is wholesome and delicious. It's a fantastic taste of Thai culture and history, all in one well-presented mouthful.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11am to 5pm and 6.30pm to 9pm (closed on Sundays)
- Location: 14-18 Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)83 606 9776
Queen Sirikit Park
Queen Sirikit Park is a quiet little green space was built in 2004 to celebrate the former queen's 72nd birthday. Fully named the "Suanchalermprakiat 72 Years Queen Sirikit The Buddhist Era 2547 Park", it's also known as Lan Manggon. It covers about 15,000 sq m, most of which is grassland edged by trees. Being away from the commotion of Phuket Town, there's not much traffic noise, making it a good place to relax in the shade and quite popular with joggers.
At the Thalang Road entrance is a striking golden dragon fountain, which was added in 2006 to celebrate the King Rama XI's 60th year on the throne. Its design stems from the old Chinese legend which states that Phuket Island is actually a sea dragon named Hai Leng Ong, as explained on the inscribed marble wall nearby.
- Location: Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand