Old Phuket Town

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Thailand is filled with so much personality, but when you’re staying in a rapidly commercializing place like Phuket you can lose some of that traditional character that makes Thailand so special.

Old Phuket Town is a must-see historical district in the heart of the city that is filled with so much history and culture. It provides a nice quiet break from the busy crowds of Patong and contains some of the most amazing Sino-Portuguese architecture I’ve ever seen.  The architecture is an electric fusion of Chinese and Portuguese influences that is unlike anywhere in the world. At the start of the 16th century, Chinese and Portuguese migrants settled in Phuket to gain access into the lucrative tin trade. Many of these old buildings were constructed to reflect their unique style and have since been converted into shops, hotels, restaurants and museums. Some of the mansions and shop-houses are beautifully restored, with many still inhabited by local families. Old Phuket Town is definitely a must see if you’re interested in history and colonial architecture. 

In other news, I’m returning home after spending the last month soaking up the sun in paradise. Stay tuned for my next travel post about the top things to do in Phuket!

Into the Sunset

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Hello from Thailand! Hope you’re doing well. I’ve been traveling for the last month which is why this space has been so quiet lately. I’m currently in Phuket enjoying the humid heat, scorching sun and the most phenomenal evening thunderstorms. It’s pretty amazing! After my sailing trip in the Whitsundays, I left Australia 4 weeks ago because I wanted to enjoy a vacation outside of Oz – and to be honest with you, once I got to Southeast Asia I realized just how homesick I really was. I had a choice to make: to either book a flight back to Australia or return to Vancouver. After some careful consideration and soul-searching, I’ve made the choice to book my flight back to Vancouver. I’ll be returning home in November.

Living abroad for the last 9 months has been an amazing experience and truly a dream come true. It taught me so much about myself and what I am really capable of. Starting over in a new country is one of the scariest but most worthwhile things I’ve ever done. But to be completely frank with you, I always thought that traveling around the world was my thing – and after actually doing it for this long I’ve realized that this lifestyle just isn’t for me. Living out a suitcase is a lot more difficult than I ever expected. So even though I am admittedly quite sad to be leaving Australia behind, I am really happy to start a new chapter in Vancouver.