A Long Weekend in Phuket
Phuket was to have been a nice relaxing 4 days away with a friend before packing up from living in Singapore. Unfortunately because of work committments at the last minute, I had to go by myself. The hotel that we had chosen was wonderful and private but more conducive to couples - there were heaps of Spanish honeymooners when I was there. However that did not deter me jumping on the hotel shuttle into Phuket town and finding myself a tuktuk to take me around. He drove me over to Patong Beach and then insisted on hanging around to take me wherever I wanted to go. I told him that I would probably be several hours this particular day but that didn't worry him. I kept seeing him bob up here and there, ready to coming running with his tuktuk when I was ready.
. The people were all very friendly. There is a certain warmness that the Thai people have that makes you feel welcome. Shopping for all the copy watches, t'shirts, bags etc was rather fun and considerably cheaper than the fake ones in Singapore. Cruising around Phang Nga Bay was just so amazingly beautiful.
Visibility is very good 20-25 metres. Most of the dive sites are in shallow waters and boat journey times are short. Sea life is rich although we didn't come across many big fish during our dives. Some good wrecks but you will need to be a proficient diver at depth to maximise your bottom time. No real need to bring your own gear, i usually just travel with my own mask, snorkel, knife and fins and rent the rest of the gear when on a backpacking trip.
Shops anywhere in Phuket
I dont have a specific places for shopping or any specific shop to shopping, because to me, everywhere you walk, or any shops that you see, they have so many thing to offer, it can make you eyes spinning just to see all the item that they sell... it all beautiful and nice to have. The only thing that you have to know is how to bargain.
Basically this patong area is a paradise for some tourist, and it is a tourist attraction, so the seller will put up the higher price for all the item that they are selling. If they can put you the higher price, and you also can put your own price for the thing you want, if they don't like for the price you given them, just tell them, you can get a better price at other places, mostly this places are easy to bargain for the price, because there are not one shop sell the item that you want, there are so many places or shops sell the same item with different prices.... i don't like to shop here, it to expensive rather than in Koh samui or at petaling street in malaysia, petaling street even cheaper than what i got from here, not to complaint but that the fact, maybe i don't like to hear they talk a lots about their cost, that why i don't know how to bargain, pitty on them.... maybe that the reason. Speacial item is a.... eeemm, well, you can get expensive brand with cheap price, because it is from cheap material... hehehe
Happy shopping all !!
Fantastic Cultural Show
The Cultural Theme Park best seen at nighttime. Actually, this park opens at nighttime.
Come and see the number 1 entertainment in all of Phuket...
Fun, games, epics, costumes, live elephants in the show... spectacular light effects...
Great dinner at the Golder Kinnaree restaurant! Fine souvenir shops abound...
It's a must-see place here in Phuket....
Don't miss it!!!!! Come as what you are comfortable in... Casual...
We wanted to go to Koh Heh for the day (or Coral Island as it is more commonly known). It is situated a few kilometers off the coast of Phuket (on the south east side). We went to Chalong Pier to have a look at the prices of getting a boat over there and met a man touting for business for his son who had a long-tail boat. He offered to take us over there the following day.
We paid around 1,500 bht for 4 of us (which I think was a bit on the more expensive side - you could probably haggle and get the price down), but it was our boat for the day. He took us over there and stayed on the island until we wanted to go back.
My tip for anyone travelling on a long-tail, is to pack things in plastic bags inside your rucksack as the waves can wash over the side - and wear clothes/shoes you don't mind getting wet. Our children thought it was great fun because we all got soaked - and it was......much better than going on a normal boat over there.