Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket (pronounced poo-ket) has been a dream of mine for years.  Luckily, visiting Thailand was also a dream of Joshua's too!  We flew on Air Asia from DPS to HKT, got a taxi in Phuket Town, and finally arrived at Sawasdee Village at Kata Beach.  There are several different areas of Phuket- Patong is the crazy, party area, and Kata is much more chill which is exactly why we chose it. 
Our hotel was rated one of the best in the area on trip advisor, and I'm so happy we booked it!  It was absolutely gorgeous!!!  The pool was beautiful, and the restaurant was decorated in an elegant Thai style and had fantastic food. 

Phuket is a really neat place!  Street food galore! The beaches are beautiful with very soft sand and are surrounded by lush, green limestone mountains.   You can rent chairs on the beach for the day for around 60 Thai Baht which is about $2 USD, and bars are set up all along the beaches for tropical cocktails or Singha or Chang beer anytime you please.  Joshua loved trying all the different Asian beers. 

We mainly just relaxed at the beach and ate street food, except for a rainy day which called for a spa visit.  There are spas everywhere, all along the streets with ladies yelling 'massage' over and over.  One night, we got pedicures and one we got the traditional Thai massage which made me feel like I was going to vomit and then die.  It was the most painful thing ever!!!!  On the rainy day, we opted for the fancy spa in our hotel and went with the regular Swedish massage... no more Thai massages for us!

We also rode a tuk tuk over to Patong to check out the Quick Silver pro surfing competition which was pretty cool to see.   We went during monsoon season so the waves were crazy high.  Not only did we see some pro surfers, but Patong is also full of prostitutes and lady boys.. and I'm sure some lady boy prostitutes.  Patong was just a day time visit for us, as we had no desire to experience the nightlife. 

To sum it all up, Phuket was a great experience.  Would we want to go back?  Probably not.  We definitely plan on exploring more of Thailand in the future, but Phuket was quite touristy and slightly dirty.  I think we'll island hop next time.

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