We left behind the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for Phuket
We arrived around 6 pm we were both pretty over traveling so we decided to order in easy right? Well, as it turned out it was not as easy as it seemed. we found a place that took orders via WhatsApp so the order was placed easily…. The problem was, apparently there is more than one place with the name “The View” we soon found out that street and numbers used for address meant nothing here in Phuket! thankfully we have this thing called google maps so was able to send our location to them via what’s app.
We had already arranged a tour around Phuket with the last tour company we used in Bangkok hoping this would be better! It started off great they took us to the view point overlooking Karon, Kata & Kata Noi. Then off to the most southern tip of Phuket for more photo opportunities. If this was a photography trip I would have arranged to come back here for sunset. This is also the point where the tour went from a tour to a cash grab as we were then taken to the Cashew nut “factory” which was basically an old lady at a hand press cracking the husk on cashew nuts! Oh, then your ‘own’ personal shop where an assistant would follow you around and point out different types and flavours of cashew.
Next was the Gem factory where you go on what’s best described as a haunted house ride from the Easter show! Then it’s off to the sales room you have a walking talking shadow that follows you everywhere trying to sell all kinds of jewellery lucky for me Monique is not a bling kind of girl so we made our hasty exit, Then to find out that our tour guide and driver have finished for the day and we would be driven back to our hotel by someone else that not only didn’t speak English but didn’t know the place we were staying!
I would not recommend East Thailand tours at all, avoid then!
We had a tour booked to the Hong islands which was pretty amazing as you board the boat and once it reaches a spot you jump on a kayak…you get to sit back and relax as your guide does all the hard work, paddling you into and under caves that reveal hidden lagoons located inside islands. The guides showed us how to make a Krathong ( a floral arrangement which is used to pay our respects to the Goddess of Water by floating the Krathong). The Krathong will be beautifully decorated with folded banana leaves, a candle, lotus flowers and sticks of incense. Some people also place a coin on their Krathong as a monetary offering to the river spirits.
We took our Krathong into a cave where the guide lit the candles and incense and we made a wish. if your Krathong stayed afloat it is said that your wish will come true! This tour was unreal it was a long day starting at 10 am and we didn’t get dropped off until 10 pm this is because they run the tour based on the tide unlike some of the other tour operators that we passed on the way out. I would recommend John Gray’s tour for this.
We wandered down to KATA beach around lunch time and spent most of the day warding off hawkers selling more fake sunnies, hammocks, ice creams and bikini’s on the beach. The beach itself is very clean and the water is crystal clear also.
Patong was the next place on our hit list. we waited until late afternoon to head down as we had heard Patong was all about the nightlife!
One thing I wish I had down here was a hyperlapse down Bangla rd with all its bars and strip joints.
We went down in the morning to KATA Noi beach….. this beach was spotlessly clean and probably the clearest beach yet. The only problem is there is not much in the way of food or drink here. We had hired a local taxi driver for 8hrs at a cost of 2500 tbh to take us wherever we wanted. We then head off to an orchid farm, Snake show (this guy was nuts) the big Buddha, we were then scheduled to head to monkey hill but they close at 5 pm and we were late. We decided then to hit the Phuket’s Weekend Market. This is bargain central and a crazy place with all kinds of food from Crickets and other insects, whole squid and a lot of your run of the mill Thai food. We spent 2hrs here and it wasn’t enough time to see it all, but we were over it so back to our hotel thanks to our trusty Taxi driver.
Was a travel day this time its Phi phi island resort for some much-needed relaxation.