Things to know


Things to know about Phuket


Phuket is one of Thailand's premier tourist destinations and (basic) English is widely spoken, especially in the beach areas. That said, even a little Thai will draw smiles and can be useful in the less frequented areas of Phuket. There are also a number of Thai language courses on the island for those who wish to take their language skills to the next level.


Phuket is a melange of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims, and Moken people. The majority of the population in the rural areas is Muslim. Outside of the provincial towns, the rural folk speak with a thick Southern dialect which is difficult for even other Thais to understand. The booming tourist economy over the past decade has led to a lot of the youngsters leading lives not dissimilar to those in Bangkok. Altogether, the lifestyle of the urban Thai-Chinese resembles that of their Bangkok brethren.


Local dishes include:

Phuket Chinese, Peranakan, and Malay Food

  • Mee Hokkien (福建麵)- Hokkien noodles
  • Hong-bah (封肉)
  • A-sam Hê (亞參蝦)- Tamarind prawns
  • Sam-bai Hê (參巴蝦)
  • Sambal goreng (參巴Goreng)
  • Tāu-iû Bah (豆油肉)- Sweet pork
  • Jiû-hû Èng-tshài (鰇魚蕹菜)- Squid morning glory
  • Po̍h-piánn (薄餅)- Spring rolls Hokkien- and Cantonese-style
  • Lóo-bah (滷肉)- Fried spicy pork
  • Iû-pn̄g (油飯)- Fried sticky rice
  • Bí-hún Bah-kut (米粉肉骨)- Rice vermicelli bone noodle soup
  • Tshá Mī-suànn (炒麵線)- Fried vermicelli
  • Ô-tāu (蚵豆)- Fried oyster with taro
  • Oo Dao (蚵豆)- Desi thalli Indian
  • Steak (牛扒)- Chinese Steak


  • Tāu-sòo Piánn (豆素餅)
  • Âng-ku Kué (紅龜粿)- Red turtle sticky rice cake
  • Tinn-Kué (甜粿)- Chinese year cake
  • Tsut-bí Ka-ia̍h (糯米咖椰)- Sticky rice with egg custard
  • Kue Talam
  • Kue Bengka
  • Káu-tsân Kué (九層粿)
  • Pak Thong Ko (白糖糕)- White sugar sponge cake
  • Huat-kué (發粿)
  • Kue Ape - Malay-style pancake
  • Bán-tsian Kué (曼煎粿)
  • Phàng-piánn (胖餅)
  • Ke-nn̄g Ko (雞卵糕)- Egg cake


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