Top Places To Visit in Phangnga 501 Spots
I wasnt quite sure what to expect from Phuket, having heard from some people that its an overly commercialised party town and from some that it has some of the most beautiful beaches that one can go to.I had my share of partying and night adventure in Bangkok (about which i shall blog later).So i was looking forward to a more beach-and-chill vibe on heading to Phuket, ofcourse with a whole lot of exploration of beautiful places.I took an overnight bus from Bangkok from the Southern Bus Terminal for 700 Baht. It dropped me right at the Phuket Bus Terminal. The journey was pretty decent, the landscape was nothing short of beautiful, it already started to feel like a perfect vacation. I reached Phuket around 11am. From the bus terminal i took a shared bus to the downtown market and then another bus to Patong, all in an hour.I reached my accommodation by noon. I put up at The Little Moon Residence which was about 1.5km from the Patong Beach.First things first in any place, get a Vehicle. Be it a bicycle or a bike or a car. It just becomes convenient to travel and you'll save up on quite a bit. The public transportation in Thailand is expensive. One can rent a bike for 200-500 Baht in Patong.And for god sake the Thai accent is almost impossible to understand. You wont understand a thing the locals say and they wont understand a thing you say. You're just gonna have to rely on finding the thai written text for whatever you need and show it to the locals.Since i didnt have much time left in the day,i went to Phromthep Cape which is the southern most tip of Phuket, 22km from Patong. You get to see a beautiful view of the ocean from there but it gets pretty crowded around that time.You could walk all the way down to the end of the cape but on the way back uphill you might wonder why you had to inflict this upon yourself (as did i).For dinner, i went to the Malin plaza which is basically your organised streetmarket. They serve up beautiful roasted meat to yum thai food to delicious crepes and fresh fruits. A full meal can cost you upto 100 bahts on an average.If thai food isn't your thing, Phuket has a whole lotta multi cusine restaurants and bars and even your mainstream Mcdonalds and Burger King at the Banana plaza and Jungceylon. There are a lot of shops on the street offering you everything. Every other shop is a thai massage parlour or a 7-11 which is basically your 24*7 shop.
James Bond Island
Next, we headed to James Bond Island, the one where they shot the movie, "The Man With The Golden Gun", an old Roger Moore Bond flick, if anyone's interested. I'm more of a Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan fan. It was teeming with people and I'm not really fond of crowded places. After a couple of photos, I was done with the place. They did have stalls selling accessories but they were priced high and I felt that I could buy the same stuff for half the rate at the local Krabi shopping market. And I did.We had a pit stop at some local farmers land and learnt a bit about their farming, cuisine, and his life story as an example of life. Long story short: he is an old man who begged for food on the streets. Later, with a minimum wages job, he managed to live on his own, saving up what little he could. In due time, he started a small shop which sold Ramen and soups of different kinds all of which costs nothing more than THB 10. He believes that everyone who walks into his shop should be able to buy his food. His kindness and concern for society stood out listening to him talk became a huge part of our Thailand experience.
Weekend Getaways from Phangnga
67 Kms from Phangnga
We explored Phuket market (our shopping spree had begun!), Jungceylon Mall (don't miss this huge mall!), Walking street (safe and full of firangs!), Patong Beach (loved the beach vibes!) and our nightlife at Famous Roof top bar was not the one to miss! They have various parties like foam party, bubbles party etc. They offer free champagne to ladies from 12am-1am! This club is very different from Seduction or Tiger's Pub on Walking street in Phuket. We visited many clubs on Walking Street in Phuket! We truly had amazing time in Phuket without any inhibitions or fear of being judged. We enjoyed it just the day we wanted to! One of the best nightlife it has! We also did ATV Riding, visited Wat Phra Nang Sang Buddhist Temple etc.We went to Phi Phi Islands to snorkel in the sea by a ferry which took 2 hours to reach the island, on our Day 2 in Phuket. The ferry ride was fun. The Phi Phi Island beach was too good, very picturesque. Straight out of a movie kinda beach. Blue skies, white sand, blue waters! We took lot of pictures at Ao Tonsai Pier where we landed from ferry. The beach at the pier called as Ko Phi Phi Don is a beach that shouldn't be missed. This hotel pick up and drop day tour can be arranged from Phuket itself and is worth a single dime! You can bargain if you are in big group.Skip Pattaya by all means. Pattaya is strictly for boys/men who come to Thailand for their type of fun. Alcazar show in Pattaya is good, but it can be seen on YouTube too! Walking Street was just meh. Too many cheap people and loads of staring eyes, unlike Phuket! We regretted coming to Pattaya and only wished if we could have instead hopped on to Krabi or Koh Samui Island, nevertheless, there's always the next time!Think twice before you want to click your pictures with fancy dressed ladies (trans-gender or She-males actually!). Every picture clicked with them is charged. Even when you go to ping-pong shows, don't indulge yourself into any activity even if model approaches you. At the end you may realize, you could have coughed up hundreds of baths just to hold a balloon :P (just the way I had to..#@#!#)We had the gala time in Phuket. It is like a paradise. It had awesome nightlife! Most of the times, in clubs or bars, I, and my friend would be the only Indians with the rest of the firangs! There was no awkwardness when we went into ping-pong shows in Phuket but in Pattaya, we were literally stalked!