Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Phuket: day 1

Recently, we had the opportunity to visit Phuket again! This time around, we were more aware of what to expect especially since it's raining season :-p So this will be a long post filled with photos ya... be forewarned!
Onboard AirAsia
Upon reaching Phuket, we quickly bought a local sim card and bus tickets...
Waiting for the bus at the airport
This time around, we opt to stay in the heart of Patong, thinking it will be more convenient since they are only famed for island hopping with nothing much else to see. We stayed at Poppa Palace Hotel, though we had to walk about a min from the main road, it was truly a worthy hotel to stay in. After a quick freshen up, we headed to Jungceylon Shopping Mall, about 15 mins walk from our hotel. Our main aim was Banzaan Market, which is located next to this mall, for lunch!
Our fresh and sumptuous lunch at Banzaan Market THB600 only!
After that, we decided to window-shop plus air-con! Look what I've found here, a book shop! I didn't get any books though as the ones on offer were not my cup of tea.

Buy 1 get 1 free but nothing appealed to me :-(
Asia Books is just next to Starbucks!
Chilling in Starbucks after getting my tumbler :-)
What I loved about this hotel is the swimming pool which was inviting although I can't swim LOL! The architecture designs were intricate and reminded me of Bali. I mostly lounge by the deck chair while hubby dipped in the cool water after we have returned from the mall.

After a lazy evening, it's time for dinner and we didn't go far. This restaurant was just next to the hotel and we saw quite a lot of Matt Sallehs here so we thought it should be good right...
Our average dinner
Nothing out of the ordinary... mostly westernized menu and we ended having fried rice and noodle. Not worth the THB we paid... expensive yet average taste.
After dinner, we went to the famous Bangla Street! Honestly, along the walk there which was about 10mins, the rhythm and pace picked up with more tourists and locals alike.
Look at the buzz!

Definitely eye-opening for me LOL! Many tourists were busy filming the walk from one end to the other. Oh the other end is the beach but as it was late so can't see much. However it was windy and the sea breeze was definitely intoxicating. The whole area was so lively and abuzz with all kinds of night activities such as cheap beers, pole dancing ladies, many touts with attractive banners and even lady boys promoting their business. This is definitely NOT for the faint hearted LOL!!!

Next post: a disappointing day 2

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