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Asia day 19: Patong Beach, tsunami shadows and old townVou na Janela

I will confess that it was very difficult to walk around Phuket and not remember the 2004 tsunami. We all saw those live scenes on television and days later the image of the bodies lying on the sand of Patong Beach and from several other cities in Asia to Africa.

Just as I never in my life imagined that one day I would have the happiness of visiting the village of the “giraffe women”, I also never imagined that I would visit Patong Beach.

This was the hardest hit part of Patong Beach

It was not pleasant, there are still marks that the most attentive eyes can see, a saleswoman from one of the numerous stalls showed me a chair stuck in the marquee of a building and said that it has been there since the day of the tsunami.

chair in the sunroom
chair in the sunroom

But it’s almost 12 years old and life in Phuket is back to normal, tourists living on the sand, new hotels being built where others were destroyed, the coming and going of jet skis and paraglaiders.

I couldn’t relax, it’s still very fresh in my memory. I got in the water and that was it. Patong Beach is famous for the hustle and bustle and is probably the most beautiful beach in Phuket, but it is nothing special, after seeing Maya Bay, everything is inferior. In terms of beauty, Ipanema samba in front of Patong Beach.

I had lunch there and then I took a tuk-tuk and went to the old center of Phuket. A very interesting place, it looked like Cuba or somewhere in the Caribbean. Several old mansions, all well maintained and colorful.

old town
old town

A few centuries ago, Phuket was a spice trade route, along with India and China. Because of this, many Arabs, Indians, Malays, Chinese, British and Portuguese lived here to manage the coming and going of ships taking goods from here to Europe. And these houses were mostly built by the Portuguese and Chinese colonies.

The Old Town extends along some streets, has some funky restaurants and cafes. By the way, the Thai coffee is excellent and goes really well with banana and honey pancakes, which they make to perfection. In a city that is so dependent on beaches, discovering this little piece of Phuket was special.

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Immigration and services:
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To organize your trip:
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Bangkok itineraries:
What to do in Bangkok
The best boat tour in Bangkok
8 experiences in Bangkok
Things to do in Ayutthaya (hit back)

Bangkok attractions:
Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Arun: The Temple of Dawn
Wat Pho: The Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Boat trips in Bangkok
The best boat tour in Bangkok
Chinatown and the Temple of the Golden Buddha
Marble Temple in Bangkok
Golden Mount Temple
Floating Market
train market
Khao San Road
Suan Pakkad Palace
Chatuchack Weekend Market
Jim Thompson House
Walk over Bangkok on a glass walkway

How to get to Ayutthaya
Things to do in Ayutthaya (hit back)

What to do in Chiang Mai
Where to stay in Chiang Mai
Village of the “Giraffe Women”
Tiger Kingdom
Doi Suthep Temple
Chiang Mai Lantern Festival
An experience with the monks of Chiang Mai

Sukhothai, the cradle of Thai civilization

Krabi & Railay Beach
Railay Beach, how to get there and what to do
Island tour from Krabi
The island of giant bats
7 islands tour

Phi Phi Island
Things to do in Phi Phi Islands
How to get to Phi Phi
Where to stay in Phi Phi
Maya Bay
Diving in Phi Phi

Things to do in Phuket
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Koh Lipe
Things to do in Koh Lipe
How to get to Koh Lipe
Where to stay

Koh Samui
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Three islands joined by a beach on Koh Ningyuan

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