Well, the first stop (apart from a short layover at Bangkok airport) was Phuket, the beautiful beach town of Thailand. Maybe because it was the end of the tourist season and the rains setting in, the crowd was sparse unlike in Pattaya or other beach towns. Anyhow, that was the reason we chose Phuket over Pattaya which was closer to all the other places we wanted to visit. But it was well worth it. There are many districts in Phuket and you can choose where to stay depending on how you want to spend your holiday. There is the central district which is closer to the piers, which have boat services to all the neighbouring islands including Phi-Phi. There is the district in Patong beach which is the happening commercial district and has most of the night entertainment. There are good accommodations available close to the beach for the morning walks and sun bathing and the Bangla street famous for its night life which is alive all the way into the wee hours of the morning.
Snorkelling on Koh Kai beaches, lazing on the beaches of Koh Bon, Koh Kaew islands all just a half hour ride by long tail boat or motor boats. Phi Phi island is a good distance away and needs to be done on a boat and has places to stay overnight. Unfortunately we couldn’t make it as the boat left the pier at 9AM and we had to start from where we stayed atleast by 7:30 which was too early for the 5 of us to get ready. But then its again and again snorkeling and lazing in the beach around different islands, but then trust me it’s a thing not to be missed. Post the boat ride, we headed back to the place we were staying where one of my friends had to leave back to KL to work. So dropped him off at the airport, parked the car and headed straight out into Bangla street for dinner. There is no dearth for live music out there, every other bar had good bands playing. It was a welcome break from the Chennai club rules and covered footwear policies as we could walk around in shorts and slippers just like everyone else around.
The next day we wanted to just roam around Phuket, stay on land and do nothing in particular. We just drove around the city and hit the zoo which was too expensive at 500Baht, then moved to the aquarium.
I think it was a worthwhile thing we did, the aquarium was very good and was pretty big. We then lazed around some other beaches and headed to watch the sunset from sunset point we had spotted on the map called Promthep Cape. But as all unplanned trips have, we made an unplanned stop at some beach which was not marked in the map but was a beautiful rocky beach. We decided to stop there and watch the sunset from there itself. It was a good decision in the end as we had our own sunset point rather than having a hundred others around.
Not to be left out, we still drove all the way up to the sunset point to see what exactly was there. We spent some time exploring the closed badly lit area around the sunset point as everyone else seemed to be hurriedly leaving. It was my friend’s birthday so we decided to celebrate and headed back to the hotel to Bangla street, were up till midnight, spent some time there but then headed back to the hotel as we were to check out and head out as early as possible to hit the 16hr long drive to our next destination.
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