Mister came home one night and said we need to plan for another getaway before the start of his new shift.
Wah…. Anything goes for me.
We had such a great time on our last trip in Krabi that we felt we should go for another like it. Sun, sand, sea kind of trip. I suggested Phuket but Mister wasn’t too keen as he’s been there before and he prefers the laid-back, relaxing atmosphere/lifestyle in Krabi than Phuket. But the problem was, we just came back from there like a month before, so we don’t know if Krabi is where want to be heading for our next destination. We did discuss about going Bali, Lombok or some island in Malaysia but in the end after a few weeks of undecisiveness, Mister went like “Sembarang la. just book”… Very simple words that I like much!
He gave me a budget and I went destination hunting online.
In the end this was what I came up with. 2 nights in Phuket and then to Krabi for 3 nights. Going to Phuket was more for me lah since I’ve never been there before and Krabi again because its just a few hours away from Phuket by ferry or bus.
Alright let’s start with the first day.
Let’s just say, we didn’t plan to do any tour in Phuket because we wanted to walk around Patong. Tours will take up the day and we won’t get the chance to explore on our own.
An early flight that morning. Touchdown Phuket at 9am.
Since check-in time wasn’t till 2, we took the Phuket Bus Airport Express to bring us to Patong beach. This is a new service, which officially just started in July 2013. I read, its the cheapest option to reach Patong by far so much so that it actually created some discontentment amongst the taxi drivers in Phuket as this creates competition for them.
There’s a bus scheduled to and fro from airport to Patong beach every hour, making several stops in between.
The other passengers on board were also heading to Patong as well. So in the end, the bus driver drove all the way to Patong non-stop. Now I know that the bus was suppose to drop everyone at Patong bus stop, but the bus driver was nice, seeing that he wasn’t in a rush, he actually made several stops along the road to drop the passengers all within walking distance to their hotels and even gave direction which way to walk to reach our hotels. Thumbs up la this bus driver…
On board the bus.
A bus assistant on board the bus will collect the payment. Tickets for the bus ride. You can refer to the site here Phuket Bus Airport Express. Price from Airport to Patong was 120baht ~ SGD5
Brochures we took which was placed just after immigration clearance.
Lucky us, our hotel was just beside the main road, so we got dropped off exactly infront of the hotel.
Reception, lobby area…
Headed to Jungceylon Mall which was just a short walk away…
There’s a food court called Food Haven at Jungceylon. Two of the stalls sells Halal food.
What’s for lunch…
Right, after walking around the shopping mall, decided to go back to the resort to relax. It was sweltering hot in Phuket. A short walk seems forever under the heat….
I got this room via a deal on Groupon. 2 nights stay for 2 pax with breakfast at $99.
Its a no frills hotel. Basic amenities. From the looks, the resort has been around for a number of years already. The superior room that we got (part of the deal), looked dated. If you decide to stay here and don’t mind to splurge a bit more, book the deluxe room at the very least. I read from TripAdvisor that those rooms are newly renovated.
The superior garden view room.
Door to the balcony, from our room, we could get a pool view. Except its been block by tall trees.
Complimentary 2 bottled water per day.
I find it weird that as soon as we open the door, what greeted us was the sink.
Accompanied Mister down… He wanted to go for a dip.
There’s free Wi-Fi around the resort. However, we face intermittent Wi-Fi connection during our stay. The best place to get Wi-Fi was when we sat by the pool.
Muka ada senyummmmmm~
At night, we had wanted to walk around to find a muslim stall but it rained heavily….
so we decided to go back to Jungceylon Mall where we knew there was gonna be halal food and shelter.
But first, we stopped by Hard Rock Shop. He got himself a t-shirt.
Had naan for dinner at Food Haven, Bismilla Kitchen.
While waiting for the rain to stop….
Bangla Road where all the activities happen… Its a straight road lined with many bars, discotheques and go go bars.