Saturday, May 29, 2010

Good morning old Phuket: Soi Rommanee

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Soi Rommanee: Rommanee means happiness in Thai. And this used to mean a street brothel, as phuket.index.com notes. Today the houses in colonial and Chine-Portuguese style are beautifully colored and you find here coffee shops, bars, guesthouses, souvenir shops and art galleries. For example: Art and Culture Asia office, Tam Eng Bozique, Glasnost Café Bar and a Tea House. Kerri Hall adds in fahthaimagazine.com: "Interestingly, the entire right side of Soi Rommanee has been renovated while the left side of the lane remains lined with original Chinese shophouses."

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Soi Rommanee, seen from Dibouk Road.


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Phuket Home & Gallery: From 500 Bath. Four rooms and suites.


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Upstairs, Soi Rommanee 22


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Downstairs, Soi Rommanee 22


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Soi Rommanee 21


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Glasnost, Soi Rommanee 14

Next door at Soi Rommanee 12 you find "The House of the Beautiful images", a coffee shop with coffee from the hill tribes in Northern Thailand and a photo exhibition. The Phuket Phptography Club is meeting here. Read more in Phuket-post.com


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Upstairs, Soi Rommanee 16


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Serendipity Designs, downstairs Soi Rommanee 16.


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Art & Culture (right). Read more about artandcultureasia.com


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See also video by Andaman News about Soi Rommanee


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Hotels and Guesthouses in Phuket: Good reviews and not so good ones

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@9: Soi Rommanee. Read, what Amyogeek writes about it and see her photos.


Casa 104: 104 Yaowarat Road. Phone: 086-0241907. Café and Guesthouse. "The scarlet red interior of the entire ground floor area screams at ambling passersby to wander inside", wrote Phuket Gazette. Owner Chawalit Rattanachinakorn, a fashion designer, said, he wanted to pay homage to Mediterranean interior design concepts. See picture by al_Khemist


On On Hotel: 19 Phang Nga. Phuket's first hotel, starring in the movie The Beach, where it stood for a dilapidated guesthouse in Bangkok, as travelfish.org notes. "The rooms are uncomfortable. Fluorescent light from the hallways streams into the rooms all night long, the walls are paper-thin and the corridors noisy", warns travelfish.org. "Really low level hostel", adds tripadvisor.com. Kopi de Phuket has a coffee corner at the On-On Hotel.

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Phuket Home & Gallery: From 500 Bath. 22 Soi Rommanee. Four rooms and suites.

The yellow house on Soi Rommanee contains Phuket Home & Gallsery. Picture marhas1

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Sino House Hotel Apartment: From 1600 Bath. One of the best bed&breakfast-opportunities in walking distance from the old town. It offers also monthly rates. There is a restaurant and there is the Rain Tree Spa, an excellent place for wellness and relaxation. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com


Thalang Guesthouse: From 350 Bath. 37 Thalang Road. 12 rooms, all with private bathrooms, in an old shophouse, two with aircon, the others with fans. Critical reviews on tripadvisor.com. See picture by geneder.


Thavorn Hotel: 74 Ratsada Road. Critical review on tripadvisor.com


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Chez Charly Bungalow: From 1000 Bath. 65/6 Moo1 Tambol Sakoo. Nice, clean and spacious bungalows according to very good reviews on tripadvisor.com, ten minutes walking distance from the beach.


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Bar Glasnost: Soi Rommanee 14.

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Raya Royal Thai Restaurant: 48 New Dibuk Road. Some say it's "the Thai restaurant in Phuket", in a 90-year-old converted two-storey house, decorated Sino-Thai with a "generous splash of Portuguese colonial thrown in", as Phuket.com Magazine notes and it adds: "If good food in a retro-Asian atmosphere is your thing, you'll be in seventh heaven". Khun Kurab is the owhner and she trained many chefs of high-end restaurants in Phuket, knows Riya's Kitchen, who points out: "Find a Local’s specialties Section in the menu, then order everything, you can’t be disappointed." See some pictures by Rolien/Poink-world.com

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