Phuket and Ko Phi Phi Island
Arriving to Phuket was a little bit crazy. We flew with Thai Airlines for about an hour from Bangkok. After we landed we had to push through the crowds and random touists information to get our luggage and find a taxi to go to the hotel, finding a taxi was the worst nightmare of the short trip. There was so many people outside the airport with no queues or any kind of organization and unfortunately no cars, just some people selling transportation tickets behind a few tables. We ended up paying 950 Baht (Which was very expensive compering to Bangkok) and we got piece of paper, with a proof of payment. The woman just waived her hand at us and showed us the general direction of where we could find the taxi. We walked for a bit but couldn’t find anything. After a while some driver ran to us, checked our paper and took us to a car. We then started the hour long journey to Patong, on he way the driver stopped at a little shop as he claimed he had to run in to talk to his boss, while he left the car a woman came up and tried to sell us a return journey on the spot for when we were going back to the airport for 1,000 Baht. I already have heard a lot about these scams so we declined and after 5-1 0minutes or driver returned and we continued on our way.
After what seemed like 2-3 hours in the taxi we arrived at our hotel Avista Hideaway. When I saw my room I didn’t even care anymore about the whole difficult journey we had before. We had our own private pool with a hammock and day bed, a bath and a rainfall shower outside. It was amazing! It was everything I could have dreamed about.
The rest of the resort was fantastic as well. It was laid out with three wonderful infinity pools all complete with swim up bars, a spa, multiple restaurants and bars. After we arrived we went to one of the larger pools, relaxed for a bit and then decided to go see what was going on in the city.
The beach nearby was called Patong and it is one of the most popular in Phuket. It was very touristy and noisy with many lights and music everywhere. Phuket also had their own style of tuk tuks, each of which was unique with crazy lights, loud speakers and disco balls inside.
For dinner we choose a very authentic Thai restaurant, Hooters, as we felt like we overate Thai food every day for the last week. I also have too admit that the food was actually very good, which was surprising. After that we walked around for a while and then headed back to the hotel.
The next day we went to the spa for massage (as the Avista Hideaway comped us a free Thai massage) and then I found this amazing beach nearby which I really wanted to see. When I googled the distance it looked very quick and innocent so instead of taking a taxi we decided to walk around and explore the area a bit more. Everything changed when we started walking. I didn’t realize it was over and around so many mountains so it literary took all my energy climing up and walking to the beach especially in the heat. I wish I could say it was all worth it, but it wasn’t. It was good exercise but the beach wasn’t what I would call Paradise as I heard. It had a few restaurants and bars but most of the places were close and they were doing a lot of construction near the beach.
I am not sure if it was off the seasons or its always close but it did look a little bit depressing. And the water wasn’t clear at all so if you ever see photos from that beach with an amazing blue color, its most likely photo shooped. We haven’t spend too much time there, and on way back we took taxi to hotel.
The evening we spent again in Patong Beach, on the street called Soi Bangla which was combination of Khao San Road and Soi Cowboy from Bangkok but with much bigger choice.
On Saturday we took a tour to famous Phi Phi Island. You can get there on your own but we decided to book a tour. There is so many different agencies so I choose to trust trip advisor this time and book one of the most recommended tours. We ended up choosing a tour that took us to Phi Phi + Bamboo Island Tour by trip to phuket and it was actually well worth it, I would definitely recommend the tour. We got picked up from our hotel and taken to the Royal Phuket Marina where we got little introduction about the island. After that we boarded a speedboat and we started the journey. The first stop was a beach near Maya Bay, where I’ve finally got to see the clear crystal water and white sand for the first time. And it was as wonderful as it looks in the photos. You could also look down at just about any point to see some fish swimming around your legs.
The next stop was the famous beach from the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio “The Beach”. It was very pretty but unfortunately too crowded as a lot of speedboats and tourist were also there
We also swam near Viking Cave, Pileh Cove and Loh Samah, we were then provided with a Thai buffet lunch, and moved on to our last stop Bamboo Island where you could grab some snorkeling gear and swim around. `Unluckily the weather changed and we had to cut the trip for a little bit. The rain was so heavy at one point that even tho we were sitting at the boat under the roof we got soaking wet. The cost of the tour was 60GBP per person but in my opinion was definitely worth it. It’s a life experience you will never forget and the guides were fantastic!
The following evening, and the next day before our flight we spent time walking around the city, exploring, and of course shopping, eating and relaxing Our flight was at midnight so we had plenty of time. This time airport was much better as the international part was much better organized.
Travelling to London was very bittersweet. We were exhausted, and we couldn’t seem to fall asleep for the long journey ahead, flying 7.5 hours to Dubai followed by a 4 hour layover and then another 7 hour flight to London.
Overall the experience was fantastic and I will definitely be visiting Thailand again.