The journey continues, I was back to Phuket again after my first trip to Patong during first quarter of 2018. I like the Patong environment and the Thai people, they are very friendly, polite and always greet you never ending Sawadee Ka and Kap Khun Khap, you can find out more about how to greet in Thai in the Phuket travel guide.
It was a deja vu trip as the first one, Walk, Eat, Slept, Repeat but this time only with one of my friend, Tommy. I was back to the future.
Something weird going on, I realized not much people in Patong at this time then I found out according to the tour guide it was low season during this period. Not as happening as before during peak season in March. It was a relaxing trip for me away from my work life for 3 days since I needed one.
Well, one thing I’ve noticed, there are not much music blasting from the tuk tuk. I slept well during this trip. 😆 First day I arrived quite early in Patong and headed from airport to the same resort that I’ve stayed in the past 6 months. The receptionist even recognized me.
‘Ohhh! I remembered you. You came here before!’
The receptionist guy said with a smile on his face. I felt surprised but with OMG face. 😳 The first day we rested awhile in our hotel room before headed out for a walk to further explore Patong by land.
We walked for quite a distance from our resort and the sun was burning my skin. We walked along Bangla Walking Street, I’m sure all knows well about this area that are popular and happening at night. There are a lot of bars & clubs, European & Chinese tourists like flocked the area for drinks.
We spotted the popular Illuzion dance club opposite of it is the Tiger night club. There are many bars around here, and also to mentioned, many bar girls working here. 🙄 Well, I’m not the type that wants to hang out here and I don’t really like crowded area.
After more than an hour of walking around, we headed back to our resort for rest. To say, I’ve been eating non-stop this entire trip. From pineapple fried rice, mango sticky rice, McDonald’s pork burger (good stuff introduced by my friend), pad Thai, oysters and just to name a few.
We also went for full body Thai massage at a shop nearby, massage by beautiful lady, of course. Feeling good finally can hear some bone cracking sound. LOL
The next day, we fulfilled our wish to visit one of Phuket’s largest Buddhist temple, Wat Chalong. We arrived there for a 30 minutes drive from our resort. We have a friendly tour guide that explained almost everything from Thai cultures to popular attractions around Phuket.
What I’m so surprised and excited of during my first visit to Wat Chalong was the sacred bone relic of Buddha located at the top of the pagoda! 😱 We prayed and did what we need to do in the temple and then headed back to our resort.
There are some rules to followed when visiting Thai Buddhist temples:
– Don’t wear sexy clothes that exposed the shoulder, legs and arms (for ladies).
– When facing a monk, do not ‘wai‘ while you are standing.
– Your body must be lower than the monk.
– Remove shoes when entering the temples.
After taking few hour rest in my room, I got a knock on my hotel room door. It was my friend, waiting for me to the gym. I’ve been planning and researching about going to the gym in Patong, Phuket before I fly. It is located just opposite of Coconut Village Resort, and nearby to Patong Beach.
Called Maximum Fitness Phuket, it is a complete gym for Muay Thai training, martial arts and body building. One day entry is 400 baht (around MYR 50). The gym considered fully equipped with weight equipment. It have all the equipment you need, which is PERFECT, how good if there are these kind of gym in KL.
One thing you’ll noticed in the gym is a lot hardcore weight lifters. 90% are foreigners. All with huge biceps and body muscles. 😳
This is an unforgettable trip for me. I spent the night having sore muscle all over my upper body.
So, see you again next time, Phuket. Limited time not allowed us to further explore more attractions in Phuket but this was at least yet another short relaxing Patong trip. And, guess what, I was in the same flight with Air Asia boss. 😏