Hola! Grateful that you guys chose to click on that link and read my blog, a first timer as far as "Travel Blog" is concerned. Brief about me, I have traveled across 25+ countries with family/friends but recently developed a knack towards solo travel, and what better a place to start than the en-captivating beaches of Thailand in Asia!
Just to make the read worth your time, I am not making this another mainstream travel itinerary outlining sequence of daily activities specifying timelines, quite sure most of you've already been here, some probably more than once and as for the rest, you definitely know at least one person who's been here and spilled the beans already.
Idea is to layout some prerequisites and a road map for solo female travelers just like me ,especially if your an Indian travelling from India, still in two minds planning that one trip for long time now, something's holding you back from travelling alone. Yep, this one's for you! For the others just have a good time with this casual read, suggestions most welcome :)
Bitter Sweet Welcome
Maiden day, I am all geared up, escape plan ready from my boring monotonous job, pulled up my socks and boarded that Indigo direct flight from Delhi to Phuket, munching on some grilled chicken salad on the way (saving my appetite for the fried spicy Thai food & to be honest it tastes better than Indigo sandwiches). Upon arrival, cleared immigration & security in no time (Tips for skipping the VISA on arrival queue - get an E-VISA Approved Form from "ivisa" with your particulars listed in the document prior to your departure). And here comes the bummer! My luggage hasn't arrived :(
Waiting endlessly in front of the luggage belt, I finally inquire at the Information desk only to gather that my luggage (1 suitcase) is detained at Delhi Airport because it had a "powerbank" inside, something which wasn't prompted anywhere in Indigo's website or by Checkin personnel at the airport.
For those of you who aren't quite well versed with this norm (given my travel history, only once was my baggage scrutinized during checkin with one unwanted item instantly removed before allowing the baggage to be loaded) be extra careful about prohibited items for during international travel its totally uncertain & depends solely on the airline and destination country to pre-inform you in case of a check-in baggage issue
After recovering from this shock, filling out my credentials and receiving an almost-convincing assurance from a straight faced Thai lady that they're going to inform me as soon as my baggage arrives at the airport, I pulled myself together and headed straight for the exit, crossing a long queue of the equally anxious passengers clueless about their bags
Phuket reminded me of a countryside - cool breeze blowing through my hair, nicely decorated V-shaped roofed houses meeting well built roads covering mostly 2 wheelers, driven by women. My hotel was slightly uphill (like most destinations there, more of plateaus to be precise, as the terrain isn't flat) got an early checkin, freshened up and headed straight to the malls nearby to purchase primary essentials & cover for the missing luggage. Oh did I forget? The driver was super nice, made sure I enter the right hotel gate and wave a re-assuring good-bye before he left.