Phuket is an island in the south of Thailand that is famous as a having some of the world’s best beaches.
We got to Phuket Town in the afternoon, too late to go to the beach because the songthaews stop running at 3 or 4. We went for late lunch, and the town was as dead as a ghost town. It was hot, and dry, and everything seemed dirty in the afternoon light. That evening, we decided to try again. After all, Phuket Town is a backpacker’s paradise, it should be easy to find something to do. The town was clearly geared towards handling massive amounts of tourists; there were hostels and restaurants all over the place. And while it was more lively at night, with more people out and about and music playing somewhere, it was as though the party was always just out of reach, always just a few blocks away. We never did find the party, but we found some nice bars, including this one that was decorated in vintage electronics and wouldn’t have been out of place in Austin: