“Deluxe Sea View” from our hotel room
We spent first ever trip to Phuket over three nights.
And landed a resort just outside Patong to avoid the rowdiness and crowds.
The mid morning view from hotel’s roof top restaurant
The hotel provides complimentary shuttle out to Patong town, 3 times a day only. We had to hail a cab back to resort from town at about 200THB.
Cost of living in Phuket in general is just as expensive in Singapore.
The hotel complimentary buffet was a great chance to stuff ourselves to last until afternoon for an early dinner, hah!
Talking about budget travelling, that’s one of the ways.
Fruity pancakes during one of the breakfast buffets
Night Market just outside Jungceylon mall – Haunt #1 Fried fish cakes drizzled with Thai sweet chilli sauce served with fried lime leaves, so good, fresh from the frying wok!
A small temple along the streets at the same night market, avid worshipers stop by day and night.
#2 Thai Ice Tea 25 THB at the night market – sooooo sweeeet! You will get a big tbsp of white sugar, another addition of condensed milk and finished off with evaporated milk! Hot tea was probably only 35% of the drink composition…diet conscious ones should request for less sweet, if you can master Thai.
#3 Pancakes! The big ones packed with white sugar, fresh coconut shreddings and sweet corns.
Along Bangla road – the infamous red light district of Phuket. Eye catching facade indeed.
One of the many seafood restaurants around displaying the fresh glorious catch, didn’t try any though :(
#4 Instead, we walked around town, avoided the stretch of seafood restaurants and ended up at some home cooking style restaurant – without a name! All we knew is that the shop claims to sell the best sticky mango rice in Phuket – 110 THB!
#4 Pad Thai 100 THB from this very same ‘sticky rice mango’ shop, as this was my first ever meal in Thailand, just couldn’t resist one to kick start the holiday!
One of the high points near Phuket town during our ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) session in the morning, do it, it’s fun!
Just outside the temple at the Big Buddha Phuket, wishes hung onto the trees.
The group of elephants chillaxing. We did an elephant ride too as part of the ATV & Elephant ride tour.
On the third day, we took a day boat trip out to the famous Phang Nga bay – you have to visit it! More fun than Phi Phi island if you are not into snorkelling or diving.
Did you see the big fish? The limestone formation around Phang Nga bay was mesmerising.
One of the most exciting part was canoeing under the limestone hills out onto another opening…
In total, we signed up for two out-of-town trips.
ATV & Elephant ride – about THB850 per person for 3-4 hours.
Phang Nga bay trip – sharing a boat with a large group, about 1100 THB per person.
After passing through the bottom of limestone hills, we were met with a group of mangrove tress, and the water was only knee deep, perfect to frolick about.
Short stay activities in Phuket for suggestions:
- Phang Nga bay day tour
- ATV, elephant ride half day tour
- Night market stalls for dinner
- Seafood meals in town
- Lounge around hotel’s infinity pool for the evening and eat in
- Laze at the beach with a good read
- Minor shopping at Jungceylon mall in Phuket town