Sunday, February 14, 2016

[TRAVEL] Phuket 5D4N Trip

Hey guys!

So today, I'll FINALLY be blogging about my Phuket trip that happened last year somewhere in November. Yarhh, wayyyy overdue I know. But better late than never lah right...

Here's a recap of my trip.

Day 1

We arrived at Phuket International Airport around 9pm and took a minibus to our hotel in Patong. The ride costs us 180THB each and was a long and windy 1 hour ++ ride. 2 hours in fact because the driver dropped other passengers first and wasn't sure where our hotel was. I get car sick super easily and I felt like dying by the time we reached our hotel. 

The hotel we stayed at was The Frutta Boutique Patong. I can only say good things about this hotel. The staff were nice and helpful. We reached our hotel quite late but our room was ready with refreshments and our drink served to us the moment we checked in.

So because both of us were so dead tired, we just decided to head down to a nearby 7-eleven to get ourselves some Thailand instant maggi mee and hotdogs. Quite yummy and dang cheap! 

Day 2

We rented a motorbike to go around the island with a map. Like Dora the Explorer. We of course explored Patong a bit, the beach, Jungceylon shopping mall and stalls along the road. 

We bought 2 pairs of sunglasses for 300 THB each at one of the road stalls. Big mistake. The seller quoted us 450 THB per pair which was like way overpriced. I bargained it down to 200 THB per pair. But then after negotiating, we settled for 300 THB. What a rip-off! Because after that, we found so many stalls selling sunglasses for like 199 THB per pair! Grrrr.....

Tip 1: Go around at least 2 stalls to get a feel of the prices first T_T Then slash 50% off LOL.

Tip 2: Try to exchange most your money back in Malaysia. The exchange counters in Midvalley and Jaya 33 offer very competitive rates. I noticed that the exchange rates around Phuket don't offer as good rates as the aforesaid ones mentioned.

So after our episode in Patong, we proceeded to go to Karon beach and Kata beach. We initially wanted to go further up the map and visit some temples and the original Phuket Town. But our butts ached from riding the motor most of the day and we decided to go back to Patong. Actually I didn't mind going all the way, but boyfriend was hesitant because it was already around 4-5pm.

And some good grub during the day! Mango sticky rice is the best I tell you. #sogooodddd

Day 3

We signed up for Similan Island Hopping Tour. Cost us about 2300 THB each. We could have easily opted for cheaper choices and go for islands like Maya Bays, Phi Phi Island and such which will cost us 1000 THB each but our hotel staff recommended us instead to go to the Similan Islands because the water and sea life there is way more beautiful than the other islands. 

So in the end we decided to go to Similan. Since I doubt we will be back a second time, might as well visit the more beautiful islands of Phuket. 

Its more expensive also because the Similan islands are situated much farther. Imagine a 3 hour ride from our hotel to the pier! Then another 40-minute speed boat ride from the pier to the islands. My first time snorkeling and I can't wait to go snorkeling again! Its just that I can't stand the long boat ride there. I heard from my brother that Redang Island is like perfect for snorkeling because you can literally snorkel anywhere around the Island without having to go through any boat transfers. Sounds like heaven.

Day 4 and Day 5

We used our so called off days for shopping for souvenirs at Jungceylon, lots and lots of food hunting, going for massages, trying out the hotel facilities and mostly just chilling around. Ugh, I miss the night food near Bangla Road. I wouldn't say the prices of the food in Phuket is cheap. Being a tourist place, prices also jacked up lah. What to do.

One restaurant I would definitely, definitely recommend for dinner is No. 6. No. 6 has 2 locations, one in town and one atop the hill. The one atop the hill is nearer to our hotel and because we rented the motorcycle, it was just a few minutes ride up the hill. For those coming from the one in town, there's a small truck that takes customers up the hill. That aside, the food at No. 6 is really, really good! Price also not bad.

Its a really pretty restaurant overlooking the whole of Patong town.

Cost of Trip

So for those of you curious of how much we spent there in total, here's a rough breakdown:

AirAsiaGo package (return flights and 5D4N hotel accommodation) = RM489 per pax
Expenditure in Phuket (island hopping, food, motor rental, souvenirs, massages) = RM1,000 per pax
Total: RM1,489 per pax 

Not bad for a 5D4N holiday to a hotspot tourist destination eh?

If you guys have a slightly bigger budget and would like to know what other fun activities are there to do in Phuket, check out this link:

Things to do in Phuket - Travel with Trazy

Trazy offers attraction tickets, sightseeing tours and festivals & performances all at quite a substantial discount due to their collaboration with the various travelling parties in Thailand. So do check them out!

Toodles! xoxo


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