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4 Things You Should Do When In Phuket | Thailand Travel Notes

Sunday, 17 August 2014 / , , , , , , , ,

It was a Breezy Day
Top :Small Trinkets and Souvenirs shop /  Bottom: Inside the Caves at James Bond Island

1 Darkness to the light 2. The Canoe ride was the only saving grace. 3.The James Bond rock 4. Entertainment zone on the boat
1. Ready to explore the dark bat caves 2.The sea ate the Limestone rocks  3. Two colors of the sea.
 4 In the middle of no where
Top: Thai Deity on a Crocodile inside the Big Buddha temple
 Bottom:The golden Statutes of Different stages of Lord Buddha 
Top: Architectural Beauty of Wat Chalong temple
Bottom  : Sleeping Buddha
Left: The White Marble statue of Big Buddha / Right: Pretty carvings inside the temples.
Phuket has everything- Lots of  beaches, beautiful bays, luxury resorts,some world famous temples, nightlife, just about a complete holiday escapade closer to India 😋
We stayed at Banthai ResortPatong Beach just as last year. It's huge and vast ,has three pools,all lagoon style, and a lot of in-house activities. I would recommend staying in their pool villas,which have the direct pool access .Ideally located,the beach is just right opposite,  its a short walk to Patong main attractions, -bars, street shopping, food, just minutes away. The breakfast was pretty decent. Being a vegetarian my eyes only look out for fruits/egg stations, and I don't look around much to find something exotic that way. Waffles/smoothies and Egg was on a repeat for 5 days, and to be honest, I was quite bored. But then its like that for me most of times.
Places to Shop In Phuket: Patong beach is quite famous for its nightlife and Bangla Road. Their is lot of street shopping to do, and little shops lined up  selling almost similar stuff(some cheap designer knock offs- PLS stay away) . But on a flip side, go indulge in some lovely souvenirs, and beachwear and some hard core budget shopping, though nothing extraordinary.
Sightseeing In Phuket : The patong beach is beautiful place to lounge around, but rammed with sellers trying to sell you taxis, or tuk-tuks, or even a massage. The para sailing guys running the operations are pretty rude, and unless you buy a jet-ski package from them , they might want to control where you want to sit  on the beach, which was pretty irritating. Besides go witness some amazing sunsets and watch how the color of the sea changes at dusk and dawn.
Tiger Kingdom: Not a really great attraction, but you can give it a shot, if u want to cuddle a lil cub. About 10 mins away from patong, Tiger kingdom is the house to tigers of different sizes.
Sad part- They seemed sedated and drugged. One can go and hug them and sit on them if you find it thrilling, but it was not to me. I decided to give it a skip and let hubby do the honors.
Price:- 700Baht-1500 baht Per /person (depends on the size of tiger you want to hang around with)
Wat Chalong Temple - The temple is tranquil heaven with regal and Thai designs , depicting architectural allure. It has a fascinating history of  different stages of life of Lord  Buddha, in the form of beautiful paintings decoration, on the walls and ceilings. Besides these paintings there is a good presentation of Buddha statues in gold,in different sizes and forms. Climb up on the pagoda and you have a nice view of Phuket town from above. Well worth a One hour visit.
Tip: No bare shoulders and legs. In Thai words "Polite Dressing "- carry a Sarong and  wear something which has sleeves.
Big Buddha: A few kms uphill from Wat Chalong temple,can be clubbed with the temple visit.Though the construction work is still going on, nevertheless , just to witness the remarkable statue of Buddha in Marble. The view from the top overlooks the south Phuket, and the best time to travel is before sunset. Soak up in the Buddhist chants or get lost in the spectacular view from top or just meditate. This place Just adds up to the mix of Phuket Cocktail.
Island Tours-Don'ts// Phi Phi , Phan Nga bay/Maya bay/ James Bond Islands - Anyone who gets on to Phuket, definitely venture into the sea, and takes an island tour. But to tell you the truth, its more of a task than fun. There are lot of tour operators lined up on the streets of Phuket, and you really have to bargain. All of them would mislead you, and promise you more services than what they actually give. The tours don't live up to the expectation, and the lunch stops are pretty disappointing and the services needs a lot of improvement. This year since we took the James Bond island tour, the lunch was prepared on the boat, and was pretty much inedible. It had cockroaches..   What more we were asked to tip the cook,which according to them made us some delicacies. Its a rip off. Besides you have to tip every stupid person on the boat , coz they lend you a hand in various hop ons and offs the boat.
Seriously if you can avoid any of this , pls do, or else take a private tour , and pack your own lunch with you.
The Andaman water is a beautiful emerald green, but it is spoiled and sullied by the invasive  engine boats , spitting oil in the sea. Think of the innumerable tourists hovering these islands everyday. It was my third time to Phuket and second time with the tour companies, and believe me , I would recommend that you steer away from these tour companies and save your precious holiday from ruining.
  1. Phuket is a fun place to be! Looking at the pictures I feel like visiting Thailand again soon :)
    PS - New post up on my blog

  2. Very interesting pics. I like your top.

  3. This place is beautiful, you look gorgeous xx

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  5. Waw amazing pictures, hope I`ll go to visit it someday, sounds wonderful :)

  6. Wowww you look amazing babe
    Love these photos
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage diary

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  8. Hello from Spain: Very cosmopolitan. Nice pictures. Keep in touch

  9. Great pics and great suggestions!!
    I'm following on bloglovin, twitter, G+ and instagram!
    Kisses Paola

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  11. nice post!!!!

  12. Have fun girl!

  13. love it!! I also love the bathing suit! looks like a fun day at the beach! Thanks for your lovely comment in my blog! I am now following you to keep in touch with your recent updates!

  14. Awesome post, and beautiful pics.... Phuket is one place we would love to visit, such a gorgeous place. Thanks for your recommendation, everything looks good. You look lovely.


  15. Stunning pics and a gorgeous suit!

  16. What a lovely post! I've never been in Puhket, but I would visit it!

    xoxo from Italy

  17. Perfect post for someone planning a trip tp Phuket! Thanks for sharing :)

  18. Beautiful photos, looks like a great place to visit.

  19. lovely photos..i would love to see Thailand..I am now following you through GFC (Google Friend Connect)to keep in touch with your recent updates! hope you like my blog and do the same :)

  20. Amazing photos! I'd love to visit Thailand one day. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  21. Love this outfit!
    I've just returned from my roadtrip to berlin yesterday and I hope you had the most wonderful vacation as well! I'm looking forward to read all your upcoming articles!

    xx julia

  22. What an amazing place, what amazing photos! Looks you had so much fun in a paradise on Earth! xx
    Kisses ✿

  23. Hey,
    I follow you now on GFC, please follow back! :)

  24. Wow!! amazing photos <3333333333333333 fantastic place :)

  25. Awesome look, hun ^_^



  26. this place look amaaaaaaazing! love pics
    new outfit on my blog
    i wait you

  27. Oh! I miss Thailand! Last time I went to Phuket was for work, so I didn't really have time to enjoy so much! amazing pictures ;)

    Gabi Barbará