Phuket, Let’s Go To the Beach!
What a weekend.
I met up with the rest of my traveling trio in Bangkok, and we caught a one and a half hour plane ride to Phuket. We met up with Steph’s friend Peter and his friend Jiwon, and then hit the town. The nightlife was so crazy! Maybe it was because I didn’t really research that aspect of Phuket, but I definitely did not expect to be out dancing and drinking until 5AM. We had a great time, and it was an especially nice change of pace since I’m usually in bed by 8:30 like a grandma.
The next morning we woke up (relatively) early and went on a mission. My personal goals for the day were as follows:
1. To have fresh fruit for breakfast, (very easy goal to reach here in Thailand, but important nonetheless). We ended up finding a cool little spot down the street from our Airbnb that had waffles and espresso. I got mine with fresh banana and pineapple… Mission #1 accomplished.
2. To find a beach that wasn’t as crowded/ touristy as Patong Beach. After fueling up, we walked along the beach and eventually took a cab to Kamala Beach, and it was everything I could have hoped for. Much less crowded, crystal clear water, and plenty of space for Jiwon to practice his yoga.
3. To drink some fresh coconut water while relaxing on the beach. This one was really easy, since coconut stands are everywhere! There’s nothing like sipping cold, fresh coconut water on a Thai beach.
We also had an amazing lunch at a Bob Marley-themed restaurant right on the beach. I don’t know why I’m still so surprised at how good all the food is at every meal. I wonder if I’ll ever get used to it!
It was a perfect beach day. That night we played card games on the porch while watching the sunset. Then we wandered into to a night market and got some bomb Thai food.
The next day we sucked it up and went to Patong Beach for the morning, since we had limited time before our flight. We worked on our tans (ahem, sunburns) for a bit before cabbing back to the airport.
On the airplane, I found myself giving travel advice to a couple who were headed to Bangkok for the first time. It’s was a great/ surreal feeling to finally be the person giving directions and recommending all the cool spots, instead of the one asking!
Needless to say, we stopped at the Chatuchak Weekend Market yet again on our way back. We got the same lunch as last week (garlic chicken on rice), followed by coconut/ Thai tea ice cream + sticky rice, of course. It’s becoming a Sunday tradition and I am so okay with it!
The weekend really flew by, but I think we squeezed every last drop out of it. It was spent with good food, great views, and even better people.
Next stop: We made the executive decision that one beach weekend wasn’t enough, so Hua Hin here we come!