There is a certain amount of fun in planning out your own itineraries. You can choose what you want to do, where you want to stay, what you want to eat and most importantly how you want to go about doing these things. Let me tell you, first of all it saves a lot of cost, if it is compared to the trip planned out with a travel agency and secondly, you don't have to be dependent on them for your own trip. Phuket 2016 was one such trip which had no planning whatsoever except the flight tickets from Kolkata to Phuket via Bangkok and hostel reservations. It was the first occasion where I relied much more on my spontneous planning skills and that of my extremely annoying but travel-seeking friend Abbas Juzer, who apparently had to spend double the amount on flight tickets coming from Dubai. This was supposedly our stress buster trip after being completely saturated at our corporate jobs and our only objective was to relax, explore, party and have a whole lot of fun. "Two bacheors, Phuket, Thailand, fun", sound fishy eh? You are left to your own imaginations in trying to interpret what that means :P
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Phuket is from December to February
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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.
Patong Beach Patong Phuket Thailand
My first day diving began with an 8am pickup at my hostel in Patong Beach. This was followed by a forty five minute drive to the pier. Here I was introduced to my instructor (Bryan) and two other Americans who were doing the course along with me. I was much less experienced (four dives) than the two other guys, who had over a hundred dives logged.
Krabi Phuket Thailand
Beach fun of course. The main water activity in Krabi is enjoying the waves and kayaking. Because of its rock formations jet skiing, banana boat riding and water skiing are not common in Krabi. Some of the islands boast great diving & snorkelling, so that’s a must do. Rock climbing is another perfect adventure activity if you aren’t too scared (I was). Walking around and discovering our island was a brilliant way to spend one day, we realised the east side and the west side of Railay are just 15 mins away by a small path, and both had a charm of their own. A little beach on the west side had the prettiest rock formations and mountains you could either climb or swim under. A makeshift cave-temple dedicated to fertility was a fun picture opportunity.
Chalong Bay Rum Distillery Chalong Phuket Thailand
Where’s the Rum Tour at the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery
Mom Tri's Kitchen at Villa Royale Rawai Phuket Thailand
The sun has gone up in the sky. It was time for us to put a pause for our lunch. We opted the latest restaurant of Mom Tri namely Mom Tri’s Boathouse Regatta who is an entrepreneur owning a chain of HOTELS and restaurant in Phuket. The food here is utterly delicious. I would recommend curried fried rice with seafood, cashews and pineapple costing 300 baht along with lobster ravioli with morel mushroom velouté priced at 500 baht
Bangla Patong Phuket Thailand
I stayed at Bodega Hostel which is very close to the famous Bangla Road. This is probably the best hostel I stayed at in Thailand, in terms of the complete package i.e. atmosphere, great dorms and friendly staff. I stayed in the right person mixed dorms and it was a wonderful experience. I met a lot of people from all across the globe and the entire vibe about the place was really friendly. Every evening we would start with a few drinking games followed by a bar crawl in which we would go to a few bars on Bangla Road.I would highly reccomend staying here. I am sure Dan, Ben and Jake (the owners/staff) will make you have a great time.
Phi Phi island tour Phuket Thailand
The island hopping tour is a must. There are 3 options- The Phi Phi Island Tour, The Hong Island Tour, The 4 Island Tour Phi Phi Islands is supposed to be the prettiest, 4 Island best for kids, while Hong Islands the most adventurous. We chose to visit the Hong Islands. I cannot imagine a better way to spend the day. We booked a private longtail boat for the 2 of us, and were picked up right by our hotel beach. The beautiful expanse of sea, peppered with mountains surrounded us with its perfection.
Kamala Kammala Phuket Thailand
Well the most important step was choosing the right accommodation. What wanted was optimum comfort as well as a luxurious stay. That when I decided to choose a private Villa from Live Phuket. My partner and me both decided that we would choose a Villa on the Kamala beach. We choose a pool villa Shenling Villa 1 at Kamala, Phuket. In simple words, the services offered by Live Phuket was simply mind blowing. This villas was sheer combination of privacy and comfort. We got complete complete peace and seclusion there. We got transferred to Villa upon arriving in Phuket on Thursday. We decided to spend that day at leisure on our villa spending quality time with each other. I am extremely grateful to the professionals at Live Phuket for their generous services. After a complete day and night rest, we decided to explore Phuket. After an sumptuous lunch at the Villa, our tour began
Kata Thai Cooking Class by Sally Karon Phuket Thailand
Learn to cook some Authentic ThaiOne of the essential things to do in Thailand is learning the secret to its food. You can bring home the mind-boggling Thai flavours by taking a few classes at Kata Thai Cooking Class and Phuket Thai Cooking School.
White Box Restaurant Phuket Thailand
After the hectic day, we decided to choose a place where we can dine out in in peace. We choose the White Box Restaurant located at 245/7 Prabaramee Road offering an elegant interior with floor-to-ceiling windows with splendid terrace offering panoramic view of the ocean. The menu is a marvellous combination of both thai as well as Mediterranean flavors. The dinner cost approximately was 3000 baht. After dinner we decided to spend some leisure time on upstairs trendy open-air lounge. Here you can taste foods like made with vodka, galangal,spicy Tom Yum martinis, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaf and chili priced at 280 baht.
Coral Island Rawai Phuket Thailand
The very name of Coral Island meant that there was scomething special planned. Our guide mentioned casually that there were quite a few activities we could participate in, such as parasailing, snorkelling, banana boat ride and the water-biking. I was more than thrilled when we heard that we would be going there via motor boat. I had absolutely no idea how interesting my adventure was going to be.
Thanon Ong Sim Phai
We wanted to avoid the crowd of the beaches. So decided to pay a visit to the inland town of Phuket. We decided to visit the night food court of Ong Sim Phai Road. This place was bursting will portable stall and carts along with several arrangements of plastic chair and tables arranged on the street for the visitors to sit. This place offers authentic Thai and Chinese dishes including mouthwatering foods like coconut curry, spicy papaya salad, grilled fish balls, barbecued pork buns. Lastly for dessert, you can taste the authentic dish of Thailand. You must pretty confused as to where to eat. Well we followed a simple trick that was opted for the stall which had longest line of waiting visitors. Trust me, the food was superb and certainly cost effective with just 190 baht.
Fantasea Tour Kammala Phuket Thailand
Fantasea show, Las Vegas style Thai cultural show inspired with number of new technology and must visted place for those who wants to know about Thailand culture.. The show is really fantastic - but also very touristy .I first wandered through all the souvenir shops and some games stalls and finally I Watch live dance stunts that tells stories of ancient Thailand. The show creates beautiful moments of emotion. The hundreds of actors are very energetic and generous. it's true that it's a bit pricey (1500 baht =2900rs approx) .show is only of 2 hours and it is of great quality.Must visit place.
Siam Niramit Phuket Koh Keaw Phuket Thailand
Shows - Thailand has a rich cultural heritage. There are a lot of night shows like the Siam Niramit show, Calypso Lady Boy show, Aksra Puppet show. I watched the Siam Niramit show. It is a mixed show which shows the history, culture and lifestyle of Thailand. Worth a watch for the sets and how quickly they change them after the end of one show. Tickets cost 1500 baht for a normal seating and 2000 baht for a VIP seating. They also offer dinner prior to the show at an extra cost. Dinner starts at 6 pm so you can skip buying tickets with dinner. Nightlife - Without any doubts Bangkok has the most happening nightlife. I had visited the Skybar Rootop at Lebua, the place where Hangover 2 was shot. Worth every penny you spend. It is on the 64th floor and from there you get a panoramic view of Bangkok.I stayed in Bangkok for 5 days and enjoyed every minute of it. If you still haven't added Thailand to your bucket list, visit it once and I bet you will visit again. Do find your reasons to love Bangkok !!