“You’re in Thailand and you didn’t go to Phuket? Well, you have missed the sheer luxury of amazing Thai experience!” That’s exactly what would I say for anyone who doesn’t plan to visit this beautiful island city of the country. It is nestled in the Andaman Sea and all it has on offer is peace and relaxation to the fullest. This was our thoughtfully picked honeymoon destination and the 3 nights we spent here felt like the ideal peaceful world without an end!
Luxury as you like it!
Phuket boasts of splendid resorts, right from 3 to 5-stars, villas, hotels, as well as B&B inns for budget travelers. Fenced amidst sea waters on about 90% of the island, it can be very easy to find a beach-facing hotel; or you can settle for something which is a walking distance from a beach. As IHG loyalists, we booked the Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central which offers a nice 4-star sojourn and is located about 5-7 mins walk from the Patong Beach. Walk around here and one can find a great deal of options for dining, shopping, and simply chilling at beach-side. As curious explorers, our 3 nights included local dining experiences (beach-side shacks, roadside seafood, fresh fruit stalls, canopy styled bars, small bakeries and coffee shops) and fine-dining. And after sorting the stay and food, we all need that high-living experience of the Royal Thai Massage! Rightly so, a few couple of good massage centers are just neighbors to this hotel.
Kuikawa Travel Tip:
Dedicate at least one full afternoon for a Thai massage. If you have never had a Thai massage before, don’t feel intimidated by the sound of your bones crackling… it is simply your stiff bones loosening up and you will end up feeling very relaxed! 🙂
Tread the serene waters…
One thing you must do when you are in Phuket is kayaking on the peaceful blue waters that lead to smaller islands around the town. The larger cruises usually leave from the mainland and take you to Phang Nga Bay, which is a small bay in Strait of Malacca.
Once you get closer to these islets, the kayaks which are actually traveling with you on this cruise ship, are released into the strait waters. My husband and I jumped on to the kayak allocated to us and the journey was led by an old, experienced, and very humble paddler. He couldn’t speak English at all and even with this language barrier, we had a wonderful conversation! We glided on the calm teal water, into the tiniest dark coral-reef caves, and back outside under the golden shining sun rays which kissed the water surface!
Kuikawa Fun Fact:
If you are a fan of diving, you can dive in the strait waters right from the cruise deck! Once you are back on the deck, the lunch on the cruise is ought to taste yummier 😛
There is so much more than we can tell you about this place – the shopping, the beaches, the food, and the people – and just one blog wouldn’t do a justice to this experience. So we will be sure to have another blog post on Phuket soon. Till then, we welcome your feedback, questions, comments, or simply your ‘Sawaadee kha‘ (hello in Thai)!