Phuket, Thailand 7th Jan - 12th Jan

Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
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Trip End Apr 02, 2014


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Monday, January 7, 2013


Introduction

We finally arrived in Thailand! One of the parts of the trip we have been looking forward to the most. Phuket is an area with many beaches surrounding it so there was a lot to choose form. It's obviously a very touristy area though so the beaches are lined with rows of sunbeds….kind of spoils the beach a bit, but still beautiful.

Highlights


Patong


This was he beach we stayed at, the most popular tourist beach in Phuket. The place was pretty crowded, kind of like Bali but on a bigger scale. Lots of shopping centres, market stalls, places to eat & places to get a massage.

We went for a night out down the main tourist strip where the road has been closed off for hundreds of bars, lots of those bars with Thai girls dancing on poles trying to get you to come in

We ended up getting heckled to go into a couple of ping pong bars, which were basically just a strip bar, where a random lady comes out on stage and pops things out of her lady parts….like, a ping pong ball, goldfish, turtles, birds, Christmas tree lights, you name it. 




Day on Moped


We finally dared to get a moped out after a couple of weeks of watching all the locals. We decided that Phuket didn’t look that dangerous on the roads so we went for it. Glad we did too as it was the best day! We got to explore so much and the bike was only $7 for the day!

We drove around all the other beaches close by to check them out (Kamala, Karon, Kata, Chalong Bay) stopping at good lookout spots along the way.  We stopped at markets where they were selling clothes & food… did not dare to try a deep fried cricket.

We also went to see the Big Buddha which is 45 metres high so has a great view of Phuket from the top. From down below you can see this Buddha from miles away.



Food & Drink

Favourite Local Dish: Pad Thai

New Tastes: Salted Egg

International McDonalds Meal: BLT Burger

Local Beer: Singah

Strangest thing to happen

Bus Ride – The size of a large transit van, this bus was rammed with school kids, locals, and tourists. There were about 50 people on it in total. Our bags were clipped to the back of the bus and we were either hanging off the back of the bus or inside stood up holding onto the ceiling pole. It was a pretty crazy ride, but fun! Soon this will become normal though & not strange I’m sure.

Lessons Learned

Visa – Everyone makes a big hype about the Thai visa that you can only get it at certain ports, you have to have an ongoing ticket booked, have a certain amount of money in the bank, you have to pay for the visa in local currency etc. When we arrived at the airport, it was like any other customs desk, no fee, just a passport stamp and we were off!

Accommodation:

Martini Guesthouse – This was a few streets back from all the tourist hustle and bustle, which meant cheap food too. Great location for us, $29 a night, big room, air con, fridge. Can’t complain at all.

Expenses

                Visa: $0

                Meals: $1.50 - $4

                Water: $0.50 for 1.5 litre

                Alcohol: Beer $2-$5, Bucket $5-$10

                Bus: $0.80c Local Bus, $3 Airport Bus

                Moped: $7 for one day

                Gasoline: $5 for a tank

Average Daily Spend per person: $32

Transport there for both of us: $200

Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $515

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Joan in Perth on

Thats some bull you are taming there Fae!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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