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Phuket

Phuket is one of the provinces of Thailand that has an area of 576 square kilometers, somewhat less than that of Singapore. It is the second-smallest province of Thailand. It formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoys a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism.

From Siem Reap, we took an hour plane ride to Phuket International Airport. Siem Reap and Phuket has the same timezone UTC+07:00.

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From Bangkok to Phuket, there are so many flights that you can choose from.

It has been a dream of mine since college days to see Phuket even after it was stricken with a tsunami last December 26, 2004. No tsunami damage can now be seen except on the most remote beaches. Their recovery program was very fast.

Need not worry because in early December 2006, Thailand launched the first of the 22 U.S.-made tsunami-detection buoys to be positioned around the Indian Ocean as part of a regional warning system. The satellite-linked deep-sea buoys float 1,000 km (620 mi) offshore, roughly midway between Thailand and Sri Lanka.

We arrived at Phuket International Airport at around 10:20 and after completing all immigration requirements, we went walked to the domestic arrival area where our hotel transport will meet us.

Hotel transfer with a very spacious van.


It was an hour drive from the airport to our hotel. The view was very scenic. It was a very comfortable 1 hour drive.

The hotel service we took was from a separate tour service, Phuket SRC Travel CO., Ltd. They charged us 600 baht per way, per van.

After we checked in, we grabbed lunch at the Charlie’s Restaurant conveniently located beside our hotel. Aside from the fact that it is few steps away from our hotel, their food was seriously good.

Tom Yum Soup, Pad Thai and Shrimp Cake to satisfy our hunger. it was soooo delicious!

We then head to one of the biggest malls in Phuket, Jung Ceylon Mall.

Phuket JUng Ceylon Mall

Bought some Thai items at the grocery.

Zolito Thai Iced Milk Tea, Koh Kae Coated Nuts, Pocky in Choco-Banana and Melon flavors


I love milk teas! And of course, i will never leave Phuket without tasting some authentic Thai Milk Tea and it did not fail me.

After a quick shopping and milk tea stop over, we head back to our hotel to drop off the grocery items we bought. We stayed at Red Planet Hotel Patong which is very convenient. All the places we wanted to visit is just a few meters away and can be reached through walking. That is the best tip i could give to those who wanted to travel with ease and so as not to be tricked with tuk tuk drivers and taxi drivers. Admittedly, when you are new in the place and you did not do your research, there is a high tendency of being charged way beyond the normal price.

Our next stop was witness the sunset at Patong Beach. It is the most famous beach resort town on Phuket. With its wide variety of activities and nightlife, It is an ideal place to party and play.

Golden hour at Patong Beach.

Spent around an hour swimming at the beach. It has a long beach line and a lot of people enjoyed the sunset as much as i do.

 

Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Sunset chasing At Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand.

One of our must-do in Phuket is to get an authentic Thai massage. One can actually have various options since massage shops are everywhere especially near the vicinity of Patong where our hotel is located.

Health Land Massage has a very good rating for authentic Thai Massage.


Thai feels at the waiting area of Health Land.

Address: 5/25 Aroonsom Square, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Phone: +66 85 261 3507
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Monday-Sunday)

One hour of authentic Thai massage was unbelievably relaxing. After our Siem Reap Grand Circuit Tour and Siem Reap Small Circuit Tour, it was a welcome relief of our sore body and feet from 2 days temple hopping and temple exploration. They charge 200 baht per person.

We then head to Number 9 to grab an authentic Thai dinner. It is one of the busiest restaurants in Patong located along Prabaramee Road. It is around 300 meters by foot from our hotel.

We were lucky to get a table as soon as we arrived. It was already past 8 pm so the bulk of the customers already finished their dinner.

From locals to tourists, this place is full of customers.


Yummiest pineapple rice i have ever tasted!

 

Pineapple Rice and Tom Ka.

Enjoyed thai food paired with Thai beer, Singha.

Walls at this restaurant is full of photos of their customers.

The prices were reasonable and the taste of the dishes was truly Thai. They also serve European food but we came here for Thai dishes and they did not fail us.

We walked back to our hotel and had a good night sleep. Our call time the next day was 6 am.

At 6am sharp, the driver arrived and fetch us going to the office of the tour company, Phuket Sails Tour.

An hour drive going to the office but it was a very comfy ride.


Morning coffee with a view.


Sandwiches, Yogurt, Coffee, Fruits and crackers for breakfast at Phuket Sail Tours office.


Awesome view outside while having breakfast and waiting for our group tour to commence.


Life vests and fins as part of the tour.

Phuket Sail Tours charge twice as any of the tours in Phuket, mind you there are so many cheap travel tours that you can choose from in Phuket but what we like about Phuket Sail Tours is that they assure guests of comfortable sail. The maximum capacity of their speedboat is 40 pax but you they book for just 15-20 pax per trip. That is a whole lot of space available. While the others allow the maximum of capacity of 40 per trip.

Need not bring life vests, snorkel masks and fins because it is already included in the package tour. Even fresh towels!

Orientation with our very funny guide, Anna. There were 6 persons who assisted us during the entire sail, Speedboat Captain, his three crew, Anna (our lead guide) and Yoyo (food and drinks in-charge). You can just imagine how personalized their service was.


From the office, you will walk for around 5 minutes to reach the speedboat docked at Ao Po Pier.


Very spacious speed boat.

Their staff would love to take your photos too! Just look at the photo gallery below.

Phuket, Thailand

like a boss inside our speed boat

Our first stop was Maya Bay. It is an extremely attractive bay surrounded by 100 meter cliffs on three sides. Inside the bay there are several beaches, most are small and some only exist at low tide.

The inviting beach view from afar. This is just simply amazing!

 

The main one is around 200 metres long with silky soft white sand, underwater colourful coral and exotic fish in exceptionally clear water; the whole bay is one big reef.

Maya Bay front beach

TIP: Trying to avoid the crowd to get a photo without photobombers, move to the farthest part of the front beach.

 

Maya Bay has become the main tourist attractions of Phi Phi since The Beach was filmed here in 1999. It was always very popular before the film but now people around the world who haven’t even heard of Phi Phi have certainly heard of Maya Bay. The best time to visit Maya Bay is between November and April during the high season when seas are calm and access to the bay is easy. Rough seas from May to October may hinder access but rarely deny entry.

We were very fortunate to have a sunny weather on that day considering it was already June. As secluded as the island as it is, the main concern in going here is that everyday more than 30 boats that carry so many tourists are also going. Tip is that you go here early in the morning. Our call time was very early with Phuket Sail Tours because they want us to arrive at Maya Bay way ahead of the other tours and true to what they promised, there were less tourists when we arrived there.

Maya Bay shoreline.


TIP: Need a photo with no photobombers at Maya Bay? Choose this spot.

 

Found this beautiful photo spot at Maya Bay.

Walking further the island, you will see this signage. On the left side of this one, is where the shower rooms and comfort rooms are located.

Walking a bit farther from this signage is a beautiful, secluded beach, Losa Ma Bay.

Losa Ma Bay

View from the Losa Ma Bay deck.


There is a dive spot here at Losa Ma Bay at the spot where i took this photo.

 

A little piece of heaven.

We were given an hour to explore Maya Bay and i felt like i could stay here forever. Clear waters and dreamy white sand. But i guess, we have to avoid the flock of speed boats, long tail boats and tourists that were coming in the moment we left Maya Bay.

They really know how to care of their guests because every stop, Yoyo will distribute drinks, cupcakes, chicken lollipop and fresh fruits for us to devour while we were sailing to our next destination.

fresh fruits from Phuket

We then head to Monkey Beach. It is a small beach where one can usually see monkeys, the crab eating macaques. We can’t always go ashore here as the monkeys can be aggressive, but we did get close up to the monkeys.

A chest full of cold soda, water, energy drink and coffee! Unlimited! (Hello Anna, the one in orange is our head guide).

Our next stop was the Sharkpoint Island where we snorkeled to get a close interaction with black tip sharks.

Jumped off in style from our speed boat.

This is a heaven for swimmers like JT. The water is so tempting to swim without life vests but i have limited swimming skills so i opted to wear life vest and be accompanied by the captain of the boat.

The speed boat captain accompany me all through out our swimming with the black tip sharks. I am so grateful. Their service was flawless!

Lunch is at our favorite restaurant at the quiet end of a white sand beach on the main Phi Phi Don Island. Dishes are served hot and cooked fresh on arrival. We had massaman curry, green curry with chicken, stir-fried mixed vegetables, seafood cashew nut, chicken and cashew nuts, whole fried fish, fried rice, french fries  and fried chicken (supposedly for kids but adults enjoyed it too).

 

 

There was a tea and coffee station too. Food was very delicious and were given per table with very generous servings. It was a time to converse and mingle with our fellow tourists while enjoying the Thai food feast.

Our last stop of the day was the virgin island, Bamboo Island. It was a big, pretty, undeveloped island where we laze around the beach and swam our hearts out.

They gave us a beach mat to use on this island. Isn’t it awesome?

The island girl at her happy place, that’s me.

Bamboo Island, Phuket, Thailand

Bamboo Island, Phuket, Thailand

At the back is a long tail boat. This is also a popular kind of baot here at Phuket.

Around 4:00 PM we head back to Ao Po Pier. It was a rough ride going back good thing Phuket Sail Tours staff gave out medicines in the morning. I have sea sickness and i really appreciate the staff who reminded us to take one tablet and it really worked.

 

Phuket Sail Tours Office. They do not collect during reservation, one can actually pay the tour upon arrival in the morning at the office.

This day was truly made very memorable because of the impeccable service of the whole Phuket Sail Tours crew. We got what we paid for and we were impressed more than the reviews that they got from their previous customers. I have been to many island tours but this one is by far the best! Seamless and quality service. They took us back to our hotel safely and with beautiful memories etched in our hearts forever.

We rested at our hotel and we were actually talking about how impressed we were with everything that happened that day. We then head out to grab dinner and planning to end the night at Patong night strip.

We queued at Number 6 Restaurant. Even at 8:00 PM, the queue was still very long. It is actually just a few meters away from our hotel.

Queue outside No. 6 Restaurant

My curiosity just keeps on growing when i saw the dining customers enjoying their food. We patiently waited for our table.


Authentic Thai Sticky Rice, Coconut Sauce and Mango. The mango was so sweet considering that it has a pale yellow color.

Grilled Pork Neck

Tom Yam Soup.

A whole strip of bars and restaurants.

On our way home, we passed by a local souvenir shop and bought some ref magnets.

We were happily exhausted that we fell asleep early. Also i am planning to take a short swim in the morning at Patong Beach.

If it was very sunny the other day, we woke up on a very rainy and gloomy day on our last day in Phuket. We just strolled around Patong Beach and was looking for a place to have lunch. Our flight to our next destination was at 4:00 PM that day.

There are a lot of surfers here at Patong Beach too. They have beautiful, gigantic waves here suitable for surfing.

Since it was very gloomy, we decided to have lunch near our hotel so that it will be easier to go and get our things.

We opted to have lunch at Briley. It is one of the famous restaurants along this street with a good review.

Their house specialty is Hainanese Chicken with their own spicy sauce.

After lunch, we went back to our hotel and fixed our things. At exactly 12 noon, our airport transfer arrived. It is again via Phuket SRC Travel CO., Ltd.

It was truly another memorable trip and another item off my bucket list. I am looking forward to our next destination!♥

For your reference, here is a list of expenses we incurred for the trip less the grocery we did and souvenirs i bought. Currency in Phuket is Thai Baht. But i listed the expenses in Philippine Peso.

 

Currently, 1 Thai Baht = 1.52 Philippine Peso

 

PLUS: Thai Massage(HealthLand) 200 Baht per person or Php 304.00

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