4D3N Phuket Holiday For Daniel's Birthday!

Travel Date: 10-13 June 2016

It's another holiday with le boy!
This time round, we had a short getaway to Phuket for his birthday where we get away from all the troubles in Singapore. Lol.

In this trip, I brought along my new Samsung S7, and I'm totally in love with it! I used the phone to photograph the whole trip (except underwater), and it was so convenient, and minimum editing required.

We took an afternoon AirAsia flight, and the flight was delayed by an hour (for the return flight too!). Bad experience with the small and stale smelling plane.

But holiday makes us cheery nonetheless!

Day 1
Within two hours, the hunger stomachs arrived at HKT!
We booked a chartered cab at 800baht to our hotel, which took around an hour in the afternoon traffic.

Patong Beach Hotel
124 Taweewongse Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

We love this hotel!
Everything about this hotel is great! Walkable to Patong Beach, Bangla Street, OTOP Market, Junceylon, Baazan Market and everywhere you need to survive a boring weekend!

We booked the Superior Room at around $70 per night, and got a free upgrade to Deluxe Room! It houses a more luxurious Asian interior with living area and balcony.

It also has a big pool with jacuzzi facilities for a lazy afternoon (if you hate the sea, this is a great alternative).

1st stop out of hotel is to fill our tummies! Finally get to eat the the Banana Chocolate Pancake after 7+years when it used to be only 60 baht, now it's 100baht!

For main course, we were attracted by this interesting street stall selling Sotong/ Chicken/ Prawn Pad Thai at 100baht. The owner told a tourist that he sells 150 plates daily. If he open the stall 30 days a month, that's 450,000 baht (SGD 18,000+)!

I wanna go sell Pad Thai NOW!!!

We bought the Prawn Pad Thai and sat at the beach to enjoy the super yummy lunch!!!

Patong Beach

In the evening we strolled around Patong Beach, walked pass OTOP "Shopping Paradise" that's actually filled by tons of bars and pubs that are open only at night, with NO interesting stalls!

Banzaan Fresh Market
Kathu District, Phuket, Thailand
Daily till 9pm

If you are familiar with Jungceylon shopping mall, you should definitely check out Bazaan Market opposite the mall for awesome food and shopping that is popular with the locals too! Go where the locals go!

Our dinner fare of 200+ baht after heavy snacking prior.

There were so much yummy selections that we came back on our last night to tabao dinner back to our hotel to enjoy while watching movie on tv!

Bangla Road (Soi Bangla)
Soi BanglaPatongKathu, Phuket 83150,Thailand
Daily 6pm till late

You will not miss the heart of Phuket Nightlife, Soi Bangla, while strolling along Patong Beach at night. It's the most vibrant street in Patong which is definitely worth the checking out.

We did not go in any bar, but here's what we observed:

1) Friendly ladies in revealing outfits welcome you with a big smile and promotion poster to encourage you to visit their bars
2) You can watch a Ping Pong show by ordering a drink between 100-600 baht depending on the themed of the bars
3) Cross-dresser (Ah Gua) will be in flamboyant costumes outside their establishment encouraging you to take photos with them at 100baht per photo

Day 2
Along Patong Beach

Day 2 is all about rest and relaxation!

We strolled along Patong Beach, enjoying a cuppa morning Thai Ice Milk Tea!

I can't get enough of the Pad Thai we shared on the first day, so we order 1 of each for ourselves while enjoying the morning sun at the beach before we get down to the cooling sea water!

After playing in the sea, we were dead beat. So we went back to shower and got ourselves pampered with 1.5hour of full body massage at Bali Hai!

Then we continue snacking in the hotel with McDonalds' corn pies and mini pineapple!

Naka Market (Chao Fa Market)
Talad Tai Rot is located along Chao Fa West Road, Phuket’s main thoroughfare, one kilometre south of Central Festival shopping mall and is opposite Wat Naka, a Buddhist temple. Take a left at the first set of traffic lights. We travelled from our hotel via Grabcar.
4pm to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday only.

Chao Fa Market is a food haven!!
Remember to bring an empty stomach because you can never have enough of Thai street food!

This is my most look forward to snack! I didn't get to try the fresh one in Bangkok, so I must buy a box of this for myself no matter how full we are!

Another must try snack in Thailand! I was expecting to try freshly fried scorpions though, but the fried "worm" is good enough.

Trying out the crispy "worm" with undeniable raw taste.

Our spread for the night!
My favourite will be the Prawn Paste Fried Rice (bottom right), it's so flavourful and unforgettable!

Ending the sumptuous meal with a not so yummy coconut ice cream.

Day 3
Water Activities!
We booked our 1 day (8am - 4.30pm) Island Hop tour with Phuket Easy Tour at 1,500 baht/pax. I can't say the experience was superb because it's a very straight forward tour, and the snorkelling was not fantastic.

The tour consisted of sight-seeing around Phi Phi Lay Islands including Maya Bay, Loh Samah Bay, Pileh Cove & Viking Cave (pass by only) and Khai Nok Island.

Maya Bay
When a beautiful island is populated with tourists, this is what you get. It's difficult to get any awesome shot with a clear background. Haha. This is also the location where the movie "The Beach" was partially filmed.

We got photobombed even when we hid in a secluded area on the island!

Monkey Island
We didn't get down to the island to feed the Monkey because our guide said the monkeys are aggressive that day (I wonder how they know), and most of them are hiding.

Lunch and chill at Phi Phi Don Island
This island is beautiful and serene, with many Caucasians staying in the hostels/hotels on the island. The lunch provided included a simple fare of rice, veggies and meat. We were not wearing any slippers, so we didn't shop around very much (since the price are hiked to chop tourists) as the ground are really hot!

Pileh Cove & Viking Cave
The cave is a collection point for bird nests where workers climb up dangerously via the fragile bamboo scaffolding.

Snorkelling at Loh Samah Bay
This is the least satisfying Snorkelling trip I've been, where the number of tourists might be more than the fishes in the sea.

The most romantic photos we could captured could just be these two pairs of legs. Hehe.

The common fishes in the sea.

These sea urchins are the reason your tour guide tried to sell you the 100 baht flippers. If you are floating (cos of the life jackets), you don't need to be worried about stepping on them.

Khai Nok Island
This island is a white sandy beach with really clear shallow water! We love how much prettier this place looked, and how comfortable it felt. Our guide served fresh cut fruits and drinks on this island, and you can spend about 45mins relaxing and sunbathing at the beach or drink at the island bar.

That marks the end of our short getaway! Although this isn't a luxurious trip, I really enjoyed the first "beachy" vacation we had together! Cheers to many more trip to come, and I can't wait for our Taiwan adventure in December for our anniversary!