Day 3 was my last and most eventful day in Phuket.
Woke up at 6:30 am with the intent of driving down to Phang Nga Bay which is 90km outside of the Phuket island .
Usually people take the ferry tour of Phang Nga which can cost upto 2500 Baht per person,but since the Road travel is supposed to be scenic we thought to test it out for ourselves.
We left at about 7 am and reached Phang Nga around 9am. The roads are excellent and there's no getting lost if you have google maps. ( God's gift)
On reaching Phang Nga we went to the pier via the visitor center where we were able to bargain and get a private ferry for 1300 Baht. If you're ready to go on a longtail with 20 people you can get a tour for 250 Baht.
Our ferry took us to Khao Mahgu,Koh Panyee, the famous James Bond Island,and then to Koh Hong and Koh Panak. We later got our own canoes that took us through the limestone karsts that jut vertically out of the emerald green water for which Phang Nga is famous.
We later stopped at this isolated spot on some unnamed island where we swam for about an hour (in the fear of some sea creature grabbing our legs underwater, though our driver had assured us that there were no crocodiles there..honestly we hadn't even thought of that till he said it)
Our driver then took us back to the Phang Nga Pier, the entire journey was so beautiful and nothing like I'd ever seen before. And a whole lot of pictures clicked!
After lunch at a local restaurant there where i took about 20 min just to explain my lunch to the restaurant lady (Heads up- learn a bit of the local language), i headed back to Patong.
As soon as I reached Phuket, I headed out to Kata beach for some surfing. It had been 3 months since i last surfed in Gokarna but i couldn't wait to see what the waves in Phuket had in store for me.
There is a small surfboard rental shop on one end of the Kata beach where one can rent long and short boards for 150 baht an hour and for 1000 for a whole day.
I took a longboard for an hour and headed out to surf around 5:30 pm , thats when the waves started to kick in.
10 min into the water, i was thrashed here and there by the massive hard hitting waves. It was scary, i hadn't ever been this scared while catching a wave and i was SO exhausted.
There were about 10 other people surfing out of whom barely 1 could catch a wave successfully. 7 waves one after another that would take you away with them and then there would be stillness, like the calm before another storm. But nonetheless it was exhilarating. I wish i could surf for more than a day there, it was nothing like the waves I've seen in India.
Its just been 3 days but it feels like I've been here for longer . The town has a comforting vibe. Phuket is beautiful and i only wish i had more time to explore and live a bit more on this island. I wanted to attend a MMA Muay Thai class and an Aerial silk class too but couldn't find the time. Phuket has plenty to offer for all kinds of travellers, which i think is the best part about it.
You could just lie down on the white sand of the beaches and say to yourself - Laissez moi là (Leave me here). But I am now off to the Phi Phi Islands for some more sun,sand and surf!