Phuket In My Pocket : 13 – 17 Jan 06

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It was hard to imagine that the grinning waters took thousands of lives just over a year ago. But the tsunami had rebuilt Phuket from slum island to glam coast… all these from my tourist pocket. As Michael related, prices of most things, especially that of food, had risen as high as the tsunami waves, and getting around Phuket in a tuk tuk (the island’s taxi) was pure exchange rate homicide. Fare charges were not metered according to distance but a pre-agreed price. A 20 minutes ride from Patong beach to Patong City costs 300 bht (S$12.50); but then again, a tuk tuk can sit 8 people, so it’s cheaper by the octa-druple. The other option was those 20 bht-a-ride bike-taxis.

Money talk aside, the Phuket experience was worth every cent. Maybe because it was my first trip there and everything was fun and exciting. I simply love the beaches and the fact that I can just take a dive and say hello to Nemo anytime I want. The beaches were lined with countless deck chairs and umbrellas mushrooming wherever space is available. It may sound like a chaotic mess, but the coasts were clean and the seawater more transparent than my g-string.

TRAVEL FACTS :

Air Ticket : Jet Star – S$145.00 (Return)
Flight Duration : 1hr 45mins
Airport to Patong Beach Transfer : 40mins
Accommodation : Patong City Hotel – S$181.00 (4 nights)
Exchange Rate : S$1.00 to 24.05 bht
Phi Phi Island Tour : 1,200 bht (S$50.00, special promotional rate) from SBY Leisure Travel & Tour, 133/15 Paradise Complex, Patong Beach

It was a hectic 5 days 4 nights at Phuket thanks to the bosses of SBY Leisure T&T, Trevor and Jason, both originally from Sydney, Australia. We made their acquaintance when the 6 of us took their Phi Phi Island tour package. Despite having just known them, their affability puts us at a confidant’s ease so that was really a plus. And they were very generous with their energy in showing us the privileged side of Phuket over beers and great conversation. They brought us late-night clubbing at a hillside bar that spun great ambient house music. A Heineken in hand, the cool breeze on my face, I thought I saw the fluorescent moon dancing. That was the entrée. We went to another open-air dance club called Safari after, and on Sunday, we were chilling at a beach party at Lam Sing Beach (I think that’s the spelling).

There are a total of 4 beaches at Phuket and Patong Beach (the one where we stayed) was probably the largest and most populated. Apart from the Phi Phi Island tour, there are also the James Bond island tours and a cave exploration tour on canoes. Those are definitely on my travel menu, which means Phuket will have the unfortunate pleasure of my presence again, and again. Travelogue and more about Phuket in my photo album, Phuket Pocket.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. titancross
    Jan 18, 2006 @ 17:16:14

    i need a vacation! hahaha.. *hugs*

    Reply

  2. seow_boon
    Jan 18, 2006 @ 17:55:18

    Wow, looks like fun. So cool to be able to stand among the fishes. The water is so damn clear.

    Reply

  3. i_hate_smurfs
    Jan 19, 2006 @ 01:30:36

    Didn’t know you have such lovely pear-shaped figure!

    Reply

  4. muddynights
    Jan 19, 2006 @ 01:49:57

    so where’s the picture of you in a g-string? 🙂

    Reply

  5. mingz
    Jan 20, 2006 @ 11:06:52

    GREAT fun
    wow…everything seems so fun! haaa haa. hope i can work out a vacation too over the CNY holidays! =D

    Reply

  6. kissingpanda
    Jan 28, 2006 @ 13:02:42

    Reply

  7. heliosrealm
    Feb 05, 2006 @ 02:24:50

    hope you have a refreshing holiday :), *nose bleed* more skin please =p

    Reply

  8. corvins
    Feb 12, 2006 @ 03:24:51

    well, its bangkok for me again later this month. haha

    Reply

  9. fritzq
    Feb 24, 2006 @ 14:39:41

    Looks like you had tonnes of fun…
    Alright if I add ya to my friends list?

    Reply

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