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As students settled into their routines and classes were underway, the BISP Parent Teacher Association (PTA) organised a Walking Tour of Phuket Old Town on Tuesday 13th September 2022. The tour was a chance for both new and old BISP parents to explore Phuket beyond its beaches and dive into some local culture and learn about this wonderful island we are fortunate enough to call home. 

Tamsin, a BISP parent and active PTA member, led the tour and recalls this being one of her favourite PTA activities when she was a new parent at BISP in 2017. Her knowledge of Phuket has grown over the years, and she was pleased to welcome new BISP parents to the island and show them around as was once done for her.  

Parents began the tour at Limelight Avenue, on Dibuk Road and close to Sengho – the oldest bookstore in Phuket. Patents then explored the Phuket Old Town visiting sites such as Thalang Road – the heart of Phuket Town, with its Sino Portuguese architecture, fabric and souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants. Parents snapped a group photo on Soi Romanee –  a quaint and colourful street with cafes dessert shops. They then proceeded to explore Yaowarat Road, Dibuk Road, Krabi Road, Phang-Nga Road, Ranong RoadandPhuton Road before stopping for a much-needed refreshment at the jungle-inspired Natural Restaurant. On the second part of the tour, they explored Ranong Road, Bangkok Road and Rassada Road before stopping at Takuapa Road to connect with The On On Hotel, known for its part in the film ‘The Beach’. 

The tour ended with lunch at Raya restaurant, which is an old family business run by two sisters. This Phuketian restaurant is loved by the Bangkok elite and famous Thais. Thereafter, parents boarded the school buses back to campus in time for the end-of-day pick-up. It was a day well spent, with both new and seasoned BISP parents having the opportunity to form friendships and to become more familiar with Phuket.