With AirAsia ever-cheap rates, everyone (including meeee..) can fly ! hahaha… Like making some advertisement only…. hahah…
Anyway, this year I’m lucky enough to spend my birthday in Phuket. Nothing fancy, just a cake but but its the companion that matters the most. TO M.T.M. (all initials..hehe), thanks for spending time with me on my birthday! =)
To generalise it, Phuket was Fun Fun Fun! Time when I can actually relax with no irritating phone calls, no need to worry about work related stuff.. Just be there and be me, the devil! I’ll be summarising my trip to the 8 Tips about my trip to Phuket. So sit back and enjoy. =)
1. You still can stay @ the Beach without burning your wallet!!!
After I purchase my ticket to Phuket via AirAsia, I was busy scouting around for hotels. Discussion with my friends revolves around cost and cleanliness. Being a semi-perfectionist that I am, i search hi and low for a place which can accomodate to our tight budget. =)
And yes, we found the Patong Bay Garden Resort situated right at Patong Beach itself. As compare to the other hotels along the beach, the price is a bit dat-pricey. End of the day we manage to secure the hotel room for RM165 nett which includes a night stay in a Superior Room and it comes with 2 Buffet Breakfast. If you are not a beach person, but still happens to be in Phuket, you can opt to stay at other hotels within the vicinity and you can get a cheaper rate. And if you are lucky enough like my friend Terry, he got free room upgrade to the Junior Suite because they ran out of Superior rooms! :)
And if you are very particular about Hotels and still want to stay at the Beach, I recommend La Flora Patong Resort. Its situated few doors down Patong Bay Garden Resort and trust me, the hotel is the type that I can only dream of (to stay la…)
Tips to book the hotel. Instead of booking through the hotel’s website, proceed to Asiarooms website as usually Phuket hotel’s website won’t be able to match Asiarooms rate!
Now, some pictures of Patong Bay Garden for your viewing pleasures….
Study Table/Dressing Table
Robes and umbrella provided
Pool Side Bar
This is where we have breakfast… Cool eh… with “beach-view”!
2. Be daring and indulge in the activities at the beach!
Go to the beach and you will find loads of people offering services for water sports that includes Jet-Skiing, Wakeboarding and also parasailing. I’ve never done any of it, so end of the day, I pay THB1000 for a big Jet Ski and THB800 for parasailing. Trust me, parasailing is fun!!! The feeling when you are up high in the sky (and you are only secured by some huges straps – harness to keep you hanging..hehe) is really different. =)
Preparing our Jet-Ski and I was preparing myself with life-jacket with “M”.
Sign the indeminty form and jet-ski, here we come! Didn’t take much picture cos my camera is not water-proof la…. =)
Next on the agenda, parasailing!
The boat that is used for parasailing
Preparing the big “umbrella” haha
Putting on the safety harness
Terry getting ready for his “fly”
My turn to get ready
3. Keep your Atkins/South Beach Diet or even your personal nutrionist away!
Yes, by that I meant go on and enjoy the food there! Nothing completes a holiday without having the local food ! Below are the foods that I lurveeee…. =)
Apart from Molly Malone’s Patong and Restaurant Number 5 (click for my previous post on these two makan-place), there are other foods to indulge in. Oh and those Munchies from Phuket…. Let the pictures do all the talking!!
They cart the food – think is something like rojak-style
Fried Chicken that they called “hen”.
Cool Ice Cream Stall. You can choose what to add on (i.e. Jelly Grass, Peanuts, etc)
Restaurant Number 6 : Glass Noodle with Seafood
Restaurant Number 6 : Fried Pork *this is good*
Restaurant Number 6 : Tom Yam with Chicken
Restaurant Number 6 : Fried Pad Thai *this is must too*
Restaurant Number 6 : Chicken Green Curry *slight different from ours*
Fruits!!! Must try their sweet mango
Desserts we bought from a lady at Restaurant Number 5 (she walks around with a trolley with all type of Thai desserts)…
4. Drink-up to your heart’s content
Seriously speaking? I drank beer most of the time, be it lunch, dinner, tea beer time…. Its cheap! Try Singha, Chang, Kilkenny, whatever you name it! Drink up to Phuket! =)
5. Thai Massage? A-must-must!
Whoever tells me that they don’t ever give Thai massage a try whenever they are in Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket, etc etc), can just *bla* off! hahaha…. Ok, seriously, I mean like seriously, Thai massage is good, can? So whenever you are in Thailand, please do give Thai massage a try, and you can find it easily by the street and its cheap! We even try the face massage!
6. Bargain, Shop, Bargain, Shop, Bargain….
You gotta shop for the local stuff in Phuket. Their “statement” Tees are cheap. Buy it from this shop where you don’t need to bargain. Its all 100 baht per T shirt and some beach dresses retail for only 150 baht…. (but note that this particular shop only open at 6pm -9pm). Don’t bother bargaining at those shop nearer to the beach (to be more precise, facing the beach) cos they only target the foreigners and they don’t give a damn to the price that you offer. For a simple one, will you buy a guy beach pants (immitations like billabong) for 800baht? No thanks lor…. anyway, check out some stuff from the pictures… =)
7. Transportation – Travel Smart!
When I talk about transportation here, I’m refering to the taxi at the airports. Cos we do walking most of the time in Phuket. Like that, only can explore more ma! Unless you got some place to go, you can rent bikes easily. =) Tuk-tuk there is quite “pa-pai”. They charge quite expensive considering the distance that you wanna go. So we do the walking instead! =)
Ok back to the taxi thingy. When you get off the plane, obviously you need a taxi to bring you to your hotel. It takes approx 45 minutes from the airport to reach Patong beach, so I actually thought I travel-smart lar… Cos I went to buy the “taxi-coupon” at the airport counter, and still thinking i’m very smart lar! *damn embarassed*. Halfway through the journey, the taxi fella stop at this row of shoplots. Then he say “wait a while, few minutes only”. Then as he walk in to this corner shop, a lady walk out, walk towards the taxi, open the door and start to ask which hotel we heading to, how many days we’ll be there, then continue to explain that they are a travel agent (or something like that la) semi-owned by the govt and continue to introduce some package (island hopping etc). We politely decline and the taxi driver came by then drove away lor. As a matter of fact, it only takes a few minutes for such things to take place but I don’t feel comfortable lor. Will you? So next time, if u heading to Phuket, get the meter-cab and its cheaper that way too. =)
8. Take loads of pictures. You won’t regret.
Drunken people crossing?
Tsunami Evacuation Centre
Bangla Boxing Stadium
Ship @ Jungleceylon Shopping Mall
One of the many nigh disco @ Bangla Road
The Police actually say its OK to DRIVE FAST, just need to be careful, how cool is that?
I think this shirt is cool!!!! And how cool is the fella’s pose wei!
And last but not least, even the bear tells you to drink up and chill out with a beer in Phuket!!!
That’s all from my Phuket trip. I’ll be uploading the pictures for my Phuket trip soon enough ya.
Life’s a beach!!!
Till then *lotsa hugs*