Eating Cheap in Phuket Restaurants
When you’re vacationing in Phuket, it might be a little frustrating having to look for cheap, or casual food, if you’re not in the mood to eat at expensive resort restaurants. On the other hand, if you’re only back-packing through Phuket, staying for business, or there for a more relaxed vacation, focusing on eco-tourism, you might find searching for great dining easier than others. Although the fantastic beaches and Phuket restaurants in the tourist section of town are popular, they are not where you might go to eat for an authentic taste of Phuket. For that, you’ll have to make your way to Phuket City, and eat among the locals. Try the restaurants and venues below, but don’t forget to look around for yourself, –you might just find something we missed!
If you’re from the US, and longing for a little bit of fast food, don’t worry! Phuket has that too! There are quite a few fast food venues in Phuket, such as McDonald’s, KFC, and even The Pizza Company. You can find these and a number of other restaurants, some upscale, some not, in Central Festival Mall. Several sources advise travelers to sample the food at the market near the bus station, or another local restaurant, called ‘Tammachat’, or the Natural. According to reviews and customer ratings, Tammachat has some of the best, and best value, authentic Thai food.
Although the Rasada Road area, east of the Song Thaew station, isn’t exactly the cheapest Thai food in the Phuket area, it’s not as expensive as the tourist and resort areas near the beach, where one has to pay a fortune for a cup of coffee. The restaurants you’ll find on and around Rasada Road offer various selection of international dishes, and the restaurants and cafes are all within easy walking distance of one another; you can have an drinks here, dinner there, and dessert somewhere else, if you like. Reviewers reccommend ‘Salvatore’s’ which has pizza baked in their own wood fire oven, and ‘Anna’s’ which is a popular chain of restaurants found in Bangkok, that has finally established a franchise in Phuket.
For real budget dining though, you’ll have to talk to the locals to find the best. Or, you could always choose to be a culinary adventurer in Samkong. Many reviewers claim that some of the most delicious food can be found, for little more than pocket change, on the strip of Yaowarat Road that goes from the edge of old Phuket to the Bypass Road. You’ll notice many little vendors, street-side food stalls, serving up delicious Thai meals for little more than loose change. Take a break, and follow the smell of sultry spices, tangy sauces, and savory Thai food that will give you something to write home about!