The perfect treat on a hot Phuket day

Posted on February 10, 2014

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If you’re strolling around Phuket Town in the scorching heat and feel like a break, consider stopping at Phuket Samkong Ice Cream for the ultimate refreshing snack. Known in Thai as ‘Ice Cream Song Khuang’, this delightful shop has been around for more than 20 years, but it wasn’t always a shop.

After speaking to owner Piyamart Khongyodsathaporn, we discovered that this ice cream store has a long history in Phuket.

Miss Piyamart explained that her father, Suchart, 56, set up a stall years ago where he sold one scoop for just B5. He eventually upgraded to the current premises, which now has small red tables for customers to sit at.

The shop, located on a small soi just off Yaowarat Road near Bangkok Phuket Hospital, is very well known with Phuket locals.

The staff are friendly and serve up many delicious flavours of ice cream. On the menu are vanilla, coconut cream, chocolate, coffee, taro, orange, strawberry and many others. You can also select from a variety of ice cream toppings, including pumpkin, red bean, green bean, sago (a sticky starch), taro, palm seed (luuk chit), and crushed biscuits.

If you’re still not full, try their signature dish – fried ice cream, also known as ‘I tim tod’ in Thai. This special dish comes in vanilla and chocolate, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re in for a real treat.

The price of the ice cream ranges from B20 to B45 per scoop. The small shop is open every day from 11am to 9pm and is closed one day per month.

To find Ice Cream Song Khuang, coming from Tesco Lotus, go past Bangkok Phuket Hospital. Take the second right after the hospital, at the modern four-storey white building with that has a sign that reads ‘Phuketplasticsurgery.com’ on the wall. The shop is 200 metres down on the left, down a small soi on the left. Tel: 076-223-820.

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