Don’t be surprised; this is my first-time visit to Phuket in Thailand. Patong is a hotspot with many tourists from around the world who come to the island to relax, enjoy the island sightseeing, eat out and have fun. The weather here is quite hot due to its humid weather because Phuket is an island surrounded by the Andaman sea.
On the first day I took an hour’s flight from KL to reach the Phuket International Airport. In the meantime, looking for a taxi to our hotel in Patong, we also booked a tour to Phi Phi Island and other island attractions, which I’m not sure what its name is.
It took about one and a half hours to reach Coconut Village Resort, located at Prachanukroh Road. It is happening at night in this area and is packed with tourists from different countries, walking back and forth along the road, be it day or night, where the people go to Patong Beach or the other way for food. Tourists from Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea, Middle-East, Europe, you name.
My hotel room is big for one person, interconnected to the next room and facing the T-junction. Not good feng shui for sleep? It’s too noisy at night with cars and bikes.
Guess it is a lot more happening on the weekends. You will also see many tuk-tuks, tour vans and tourists on motorcycles. It’s nonstop busy on the road. There are a lot of bike rental shops around Patong if you want to get a bike.
There are varieties of food in Patong, from food stalls, courts, cafes, restaurants and night markets, as well as souvenirs. There are cafes around Patong if you need a cold fresh drink or coffee to cool you down from the hot sun. You can also get some booze in the Patong area, where pubs and bars are located at a popular night hotspot on Bangla Road.
I guess I don’t need to introduce you more if you have already been to Patong. Let’s get straight to the point.
First Day – Relaxing Time in Patong
Back to our first-day trip, we went straight to check out Patong beach, which was walking from our resort. A tour guide approached us as we were hanging out at the beach for a smoke. As we can’t deny the cheapest price offered by the tour guide, we quickly agreed and got tour rides to a few attractions in Phuket such as gun shooting, ATV tour ride and a visit to Big Buddha Phuket.
We were so hungry, so we decided to take lunch at a food court. The food court is quickly packed at night, where you can find various food, including crocodile meat, burgers, sticky mango rice, fruit drinks and many more.
Our resort is located just opposite the main road towards Patong Beach. There are things to do on Patong Beaches, such as picnics, tanning, relaxing, jetskiing and many more. After an exhausting day, you can cross the road to get a cold beer! I skipped Patong Beach as we were going to Phi Phi.
For sightseeing and beautiful beaches, you have to get to Phi Phi Island to enjoy the amazing beach view but for a price. I have visited a few best sights in Hua Hin Thailand during my latest Hua Hin travel review.
I had a terrible night sleeping thanks to the sound pollution and blasting top hits music from the heavily equipped car sound systems, tuk-tuk and those motorbike exhaust sounds; it was so annoying. Duh, it’s terrible when you stay in a room facing the busy main road.
We all headed out from our resort on the first night, looking for dinner. We had our seafood dinner just nearby our hotel. Right after dinner, the most popular thing to do in Patong is a massage! Guess this is my first time getting a foot massage. There are many massage parlours in Patong too.
Then after the foot massage, I went back to the resort lobby for an AOV session with my friends. I can say AOV gaming sessions was my day and night gaming session during the 4 day stay in Patong. Even the staff in the lobby was asking us if we were playing AOV. Lol.
The Wifi connection is not so good in the room, as I will get disconnected or unable to connect; the best way to hang out and play AOV is in the lobby!
Phuket is also popular with Thai Boxing; one time, while walking back to the resort, there was a Thai Boxing advertisement car announcing an upcoming Thai boxing match, driving slowly next to us. I felt like dancing with the Muay Thai stance.
‘You See Thai Boxing, You See Thailand‘… Lol, I guess that was what I heard from the announcement.
Guess it was a big match at Bangla Boxing Stadium Patong, which they announced almost daily, including posters everywhere around the city. I have a moment of thought about joining Muay Thai classes once I’m back in KL.
#Travel Tips: Due to the hot scorching sun, you might get heatstroke and headache. You can buy Peppermint Inhaler (cost about 24 Baht) for standby, and it’s available at 7-Eleven, Family Mart and other sidewalk shops in Patong.
Day 2 – Speedboat Ride to Phi Phi Island
On the second day, I woke up early at 8.30 am headed for breakfast. Then I waited for the tour driver to arrive as I was heading to some beautiful island in Phuket.
Reached Phi Phi Island on a bumpy speedboat which took 1 hour to reach the popular island destination. I tour the island from one place to another on the speedboat. When I reached Phi Phi Island, it was like entering another world of paradise with crystal clear, blue-green seawater. The view is amazing.
I was out from morning until the evening and exhausted. I returned to the resort at 6 pm. Time-consuming tour, but I enjoy the amazing views and sightseeing around Phi Phi Island.
Our group are advised by the tour guide not to feed the monkeys; I mean those real monkeys on Monkey Beach. They’ll snatch things.
Too bad I didn’t get the chance to visit the popular Bangla Road, where there are many nightclubs, bars and discos that I had heard words from mouth to mouth. It is a walking distance from the resort I’m staying in, but I didn’t make it due to the laziness of walking far, and we all are not consuming any alcohol. I didn’t get to ride on those fucking noisy tuk-tuk as well. At night, it was AOV sessions again.
We had dinner at the same seafood stall… again. It’s Eat, Play, Sleep & Repeat in Patong!
Day 3 – ATV Adventure
Each journey from Patong city to another place of attractions takes a long time to arrive. It took about an hour to reach the place (no idea what’s the name) where you can play extreme activities such as ATV / Buggy ride, elephant ride, and zip line in Phuket. Also, find out more about my ATV offroad adventure in Hua Hin and find out how amazing it is!
The third day is a fun outing day where I ride on ATV on a bumpy offroad up to Big Buddha in Phuket. At the top, you can get the surrounding view of Phuket Island. I then have to ride the ATV all the back downhill. It was fun, but my right thumb hurts like hell. You got to try ATV for 1800 Baht, and you’ll know why.
Going on a holiday trip with friends is more fun and have time to relax than my previous trip to Bintan. I can go anywhere I like. Do anything I want. It’s Freedom.
After that, I took lunch at best kept secret seafood restaurant in Phuket. While eating, I discovered some new music: luk thung, Thai country music! Do check out the songs I’ve grabbed with SoundHound. Give you the ‘Thai culture feeling‘ while eating seafood by the sea.
Then we informed our tour guide to drop us at Thanon Ratuthut Songproipi Road and took a walk as we explored the area ourselves. We headed to Jungceylon Shopping Mall for window shopping. There are many many things to do here, from shopping, eating and drinking.
During my third and fourth day holiday in Phuket, I was stoned and stumbled upon something running in my mind and said that I am quite lucky and there are not many people who might be so lucky or have a good life like us or me. Just my 2 cents, and I’ll keep it short. Sometimes it doesn’t mean you will have more experience in life. Some might not be so lucky; what they have gone through might be more than you or me. Is this the right way to describe it? Lol. Well, that’s life. So, start helping others who might be in need.
4th Day – Get Back to the Real World
Checked out on the 4th day at noon and tipped off 40 Baht for room keeping. I didn’t inform them but put the 40 Baht on my room’s table desk as tips. This is the way to show gratitude and a sign of thank you to the room keeper; I’m not sure what happened with the 40 baht. Hopefully, the room keeper is smart enough, as I didn’t write any message on paper. LOL.
Phew… I relaxed the whole half-day at the lobby again for AOV. Man, can’t get enough of it. Since we were leaving our resort for the airport, we all took a short break at a cafe while waiting for time to pass and taxi to arrive. I spent the rest of the day at the airport and then back to the real world at 1 am after 4 days of eating hard and playing AOV during my holiday trip in Phuket.
Check out my first-holiday shooting street photography in Bangkok city and exploring some of the popular tourist hotspots.
Now I’m back in KL, I feel like a Muay Thai fighter; I got darker and tanned due to sunburn. Forgot to put on sunblock on my face. LOL.