Dec weather on Phuket
The tourist season will be getting into full swing by December and Phuket will be busy. Some beaches will be busier than others on Phuket, we kind of like Kata Noi, because, like it's name it is smaller than the others and usually less crowded.
The weather will be good, rainy season is over short of an occasional rain shower. Weather should not be an issue. It's be nice.
Should you be there over the Christmas and New Year season expect to pay "compulsary rates" for those two days, prices can double or triple.
Muay Thai or thai kickboxing is very popular in Phuket. There are about 2 or 3 places in Patong Beach alone where you can see fights. It's great fun and on a typical night you can see fighters as young as 8 years old all the way up to the professionals. And if you like a flutter, it'll make the event even more interesting . . . If you actually want to participate, there are places where you can do that too . . . no special gear needed.
A good Tailor
With some many tailors in Phuket it is hard to find a good one. Alot of them are pushy and rude. This tailor located in the driveway to Banthai Beach Resort is very good. They are friendly and never push you to buy anything. We stayed at the Resort twice before we actually got anything made and the reason we went there was they never hassled us but always said hello. They make suits, business shirts, blouses and dresses. I have got a number of items of clothing made and they have been excellent quality and reasonably priced. It will all depend on the fabric but always barter them down a little as there is a bit of room to move with the price.
People watching spot
Nice bar/club, friendly staff and being on the corner of two busy roads a great place to sit outside and watch "the world" go by. Free internet access inside plus pool tables and dance floor. More dancing upstairs I think but didn't venture up there. Shorts and tshirts
Kuala Lumpur to Phuket
I leave from K.L sentral (Trains Main point) to Hat Yai at 8.15pm, The journey takes about 13hours, night train wont feel the long journey as the train are moving while you are sleeping. The next day i realised that the sun raise and i can see the padi feld along the way.
From train station i try to get a taxi to a bus station, but i got a motobike taxi, i was asking to get me to the bus station, but he bring me to a travel agency, then i thought is this their bus station ? i wanted to laugh but i can't. I get a ticket to phuket at 12.30noon at THB700 which i think its expensive, that is non-sense for the such price, then they make noise about the oil prices has been raise up, so i just pay the ticket. The journey takes about 7hours. I met an indonesian group, I had a conversation them and they ask me how much i pay for the mini bus, i told them i paid at THB700, straight she open her mouth with a shock face, then she told me that, they pay only at THB350 p/p, suddently i feel soo hot, the hot whether outside doesn't make me feel hot, but the bus price did. I really angry because others paid half less from what i've paid. (travel agency really cut my neck).
From phuket town I share the taxi with indonesian girls to patong beach with cost THB350 for 6 people, it not worth it for me, as i pay a mini bus at such a higher price and another taxi with another price.
Patong area has many type of taxies eg: motobike taxi, cost at THB20 to go, a tuc tuc cost at THB100 to any places you wanted, bike renting much more convenient, im not sure about the cost of renting.
From phuket to Hat Yai, get a bus with air-cond at phuket bus station, the journey will takes about 8hours with cost THB346, well i learn from my experience. i dont want to to deal with travel agency anymore.
Ticket to Kuala Lumpur cost only at THB400, if they said they finished the ticket, you can get to Hat Yai Down Town to get a bus, just ask a motobike taxi or tuc tuc to bring you to Holiday tour agency, because they have ticket at 6pm to KL.