Ahh Soi Romanee, the true Phoenix of Phuket Town side streets. Rising from a scandalous history that saw it first stigmatized as a den of brothels and opium houses and later reduced to an abandoned shell of Sino-Portuguese architecture, today's Romanee is full of color, life and good old fashion cafe-sittin' fun. Its strategic location, sandwiched between Soi Dibuk and Soi Thalang in the heart of Old Town, make it a perfect pit stop for those exploring the more historic side of Phuket. There's even a monthly jazz performance that takes place here on the last Sunday of each month during high season. So take a stroll admiring the beautifully renovated buildings, then pull up a stool at any of the outdoor cafes and soak in a piece of cool, intriguing Southern Thai history. It's a hard pit-stop to pass up.
Note:Situated conveniently close to Soi Romanee is Wat Putta Mongkon, a large and beautifully rendered temple that is often overlooked by visitors to Old Town. To get there, simply walk north on Soi Romanee until it intersects with Soi Dibuk. You'll be looking at the exterior wall of the temple grounds.