Day 5, 6
18.01.2014 - 20.01.2014 28 °C
Day 5 was the day I flew to Phuket. It was recommended to leave 4 hours before the flight to get to the airport due to the many road closures with the protests. Bangkok has 2 international airports. I arrived from Tokyo at the newer Suvarnabhumi International Airport and fly to Phuket from one of the oldest international airports in the world; Don Mueang International Airport which was built in 1924 and looks like a movie set from the 70's! It only took 1.25 hrs to get to the airport (23 KM away!) so I had plenty of time to catch my flight. I booked my flight through Air Asia which is the Asia version of the low cost carrier, Ryanair. The flight cost me $120 return and is roughly a 1.5 hr flight to get to Phuket from Bangkok/
The long stretch of beaches around Phuket as seen landing at Phuket International Airport
Hard to believe but traffic is WORSE in Phuket! I am staying at Patong Beach which is the main tourist area in Phuket and where the majority of the resorts are. The first 4 nights, Tune Hotel is where I am staying. It is a unique concept, it could be considered a low cost hotel chain. You pay for a standard room and then pay for things such as towels and soap, television and air conditioning. During a Black Friday Expedia sale I got it for $27 night and this included the premium package which included towels by the time I finally arrived at the hotel, I had just enough time to throw my luggage down and go see the sunset on the beach. Patong is nothing I have seen before, imagine Las Vegas with no gambling (it is illegal here) but every 5 meters you have someone selling you something, anything really: massage, coconuts (so good!), sunglasses, towels- you name it you can buy it on the street. I also met two ladies who came to Patong to get breast implants, apparently they are 50% cheaper in Thailand then in Australia and they can have a vacation at the same time. There also seems to be no rules in this town. You can drink on the streets, prostitution appears to legal as it is everywhere and traffic is an absolute nightmare, with people parking wherever they like. This area is also a huge travel destinations for Russians.....sometimes LOUD and OBNOXIOUS Russians!
The busy streets in Patong Beach
However, the beach at Patong makes it all worth it. It really is a stunning beach that goes on for miles. I plan to spend days here, reading and getting some sun!
My spot on the beach,spent 7 hrs in that chair!
Coconuts are delicious and great for the hangover!