Phuket, Thailand (July 2012)


21-24 July 2012

Phuket came through with much success!

YES! to travelling overseas on my own before Uni starts.

YES! to planning and executing a trip with Adel.

YES! to lots of sand, sea, and sky.

4 day 3 nights, with expenses totaling ~ $450 with the booking of 2 day tours at islands & all the shopping at night bazaars and getting souvenirs back for family. Cost of hotel for 3 nights was $80, price of air ticket by Tiger Airways was $285.

This is the 2nd time I took part in the planning of itinerary (first was the Bali trip this year), and because of really easy-going company, we progressed tremendously well!

Needless to say, there were areas of improvements, and that is to never book an unreliable taxi driver just off the road for a full day trip! They may offer you a superb bargain price to entice you to agreement, only to arrive late for pickup/ refuse to go to places you request/ deport you to expensive eateries just so they earn a commission from them/ dump you in a ghost mall so as to save on fuel/ send you to airport an hour earlier than your required time.  Book one that is recommended or is specialized in doing so. SUMPA (read: I SWEAR!)!

Here are some of the pictures that have left quite an impression for this trip:

Day 1

First picture of the trip! B’fast @ Wang Cafe

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Tiger Inn Hotel. Easily identifiable with the cave-looking exterior at the reception. Cheap, clean, comfortable. Only downside is that the air con temperature cannot be adjusted.
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On the streets
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Tuk tuk
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First stop after lunch
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Highlight of the trip! 50m bungy jump!
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 Crepe selling at $2 on roadside stalls, with fresh mango, lime and bananas. Generous with his toppings. Didn’t know Adel was a crepe fan too until then!

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Coconut drink for a refresher in the hot afternoon!
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Booked Raya+Coral island tour with them.
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 Day 2

Pier to Raya+Coral island
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Speedboat
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 Buffet lunch

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Adel’s mum has got a weakness for mango sticky rice. Until I tasted it, I never knew I had a thing for it too
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 Phuket weekend market. All things going cheap. Akin to SG’s Bugis Street or Taiwan’s Shilin Street.

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Day 3

Pier to James Bond island, Hong island and Diamond Cave. Picture-perfect
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Big boat
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Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen?
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@ Diamond Cave
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No light, low headroom, stale air
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@ Hong Island. Serendipity.
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Look closely. It’s a pig snout
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Long awaited buffet spread after a whole morning of island-hopping!
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Courageously jumped down from the 2nd storey of the big boat to swim in the deep sea. Highlight of the trip #2.
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Some game we played to see who could balance longest on the inverted kayak. Needless to say, the Thai won hands down
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I took a try at it too. Notice the spectators. Wouldn’t have had the guts had I been with people I know. It’s like standing on stage and I’ve got stage fright. Highlight of the trip #3
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Bar top dancing @ Soi Bangla
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Day 4

Kanoom Jeen, a local specialty. Who would have thought we would end up eating at a roadside stall (read: unhygienic)? Tasted surprisingly good!
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Viewpoint

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On cloud nine, literally

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Chilling time

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Last meal @ Phuket. Some pampering involved. A Chinese restaurant.

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Check this out! Edible mealworms
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Photo at the airport, to sum my trip up. Home sweet home.
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 Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Can’t emphasize how proud I am for this trip to pull off. Major thank you to Adel for being so spontaneous, for daring to do the bungee jump, for being accommodating with my budget. If not for you, I would never be caught in a bikini. Haha!

This post is for you!

This marks my 2nd trip in the 8 month interim. Must express my gratitude to many others who’ve made this trip possible. My parents who did not have violent  objections, the weather for being so perfect despite the supposed rainy season.

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