It was the wedding of an old Irish friend and the destination was Hua Hin, Thailand. Since the dates coincided with my son's final, so actually planning and convincing my wife for a vacation was a tough nut to crack. But, in her own words, it was worth it.
So, we decided to take the liberty to spend few more days in Thailand and spend some quality time together.
We left Lucknow via Thai Air, direct to Phuket via Bangkok. Though we only had a 1.30hrs at my disposal between flight change in Bangkok, during which we had to get the VOA and clear the immigration as well. The express Visa service for 200/- TBH helped and we reached the boarding gate well in time for our flight to Phuket.
The flight from Bangkok to Phuket is a short one and the landing is amazing, coming of the sea and beach and landing. We landed in Phuket at 9.30am.
It didn't take us long to collect our luggage and take a Pvt taxi to out hotel Ramada by Whyndham at Patong. Nearly an hour later we were at hotel. Luckily, I had been in touch with the hotel for early check in and had no problem in getting our room.
After a short rest and a quick shower, we were ready to head out and explore the city.
The first thing we did was walk out and hire a two wheeler, which costed us 250/- TBH per day and I had to give me Passport as a security (though have to agree that I wasn't very comfy, but thankfully, it was well kept and was returned safely, when returned the scooter).
The first place we decided to visit was also the farthest, it was the Big Buddha. It was a lovely ride of around an hour and crossing the Simone Cabret, Karon beach on the way. On the way towards the destination we could spot the Big Buddha sitting proudly atop the mountain peak, over looking the Sea.
It was a sight to behold and the panaromic view of the sea from top was simply amazing. One thing, everywhere in Thailand you are sure to get is chilled coconut and fresh delicious fruits. Feast as much as you can.
On the way back, we decided to stroll along the Karon beach (which looked a good place with kids and family) and reaching in time for the Simone Cabret show.
The show finished at 9.00pm and we decided to head towards the Patong beach and the Walking street. After finding a place to park our scooter we decided to satiate our hunger pangs and choose a bistro cafe opposite the beach and had some pizza and pasta.
And now came the moment to explore and experience the so talked off night life of Phuket. Hand in hand we walked through the street and looking at everything and every bar we passed. The girls dancing at the open bars, standing by the street to tease and tempt passers by.
I have to admit and confess, that before I visited the walking Street I had a mixed feeling and wasn't sure what to expect. But, let me take this opportunity to tell you all, that it is something that everyone must experience. There was nothing bad or cheap about the place. There was nothing sleazy about the place. Just a different experience all together. And it was past midnight when we finally returned to comfort f our hotel for the much needed rest, but not before getting a 30 min each foot massage. ( Not to be missed).