THA | 3 Days Trip to Phuket

DESTINATION

Seat Sales from Airlines come almost every month and you just have to be wise and plan accordingly. When curiosity strikes for a destination, then I check on the rates. At first, I was eyeing for Bali, Indonesia but then ended up for Phuket, Thailand because of the price. Then asked for friends to join me, luckily I managed to convince 2 other girls to join. The trip is on! We booked the flights in February 2014 for a September 2014 flight.

Phuket is one of the southern provinces of Thailand.

On 26 December 2004, Phuket and other nearby areas on Thailand’s western coast suffered extensive damage when they were struck by the Boxing Day tsunami, caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Almost all of the major beaches on the west coast, especially Kamala, Patong, Karon, and Kata sustained major damage, with some damage caused to resorts and villages on the island’s southern beaches. (Source: Wikipedia)

By February 2005 many damaged resorts were back to business, and life slowly returned to normal. Following strenuous recovery programs, no tsunami damage can now be seen except on the most remote beaches. (Source: Wikipedia)

ACCOMMODATION

I had difficulty in searching for accommodation because I consider a lot of things such as:- location, price, amenities, service and even when it was built.

I first booked for Bamboo Beach Hotel & Spa (PHP1,260/night) which is located in Kata Beach but later on cancelled due to location however they do provide free shuttle service from hotel to the center of Patong Beach free of charge.

Later on, I talked to friends who have been in Phuket and with some research; I checked each of these hotels specifically in Patong Beach and created a shortlist.

Hotel Name Location Rate per night in PHP
Amata Resort 189/29 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee, Patong 1,100
Baumanburi Hotel 239/1 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd., Patong 1,400
Club Bamboo 247/1-8 Nanai Road, Patong 1,300
Hemingways Silk 184/29-Phangmuang, Sai Kor Rd, Patong 1,500
Holiday Inn Express 8 Hatpatong Patong Beach 2,200
Summer Breeze Hotel 171/12 Soi San Sabai, Patong, Phuket 1,700
The Frutta Boutique 86/14 Pra Paramee, Patong 2,500
The Silk Hill Hotel 148/6-10 Soi Nanai Villa, Nanai Road, Patong 1,000

 

I then finally decided to book The Crib Patong Hotel whose address is 184/18-20 Phangmuang Sai Kor Rd, Patong. (PHP1,500 a night with free breakfast for 2)

The Crib Patong

The Crib Patong – Reception

The Crib Patong

The Crib Patong – Restaurant

The Crib Patong

The Crib Patong – Bedroom

The Crib Patong

The Crib Patong – Swimming Pool

Review on The Crib Patong Hotel

Newly built hotel strategically located near the mall, fresh market which has night food market, 10 minutes walk to Patong beach.

The hotel has clean, nice room, strong wifi, swimming pool and gym at the top floor.

However, we were welcomed with a rude staff when we had late check-in at past midnight. Then found out that we could have paid a lower rate for the additional room with breakfast. According to the staff when we checked-out was that not all staff was aware of it.

Breakfast was boring almost the same everyday for our 3 days of stay – they only changed the rice to noodles, congee.

Do not expect too much freebies in the room, it only has the ff: towel, bathrobe, slippers, umbrella, security box, shower gel, shampoo, shower cap, soap , glasses, cups, hair dryer, coffee, tea, and bottled water.

Not that highly recommended because of the bad service from the receptionist, boring breakfast and does not have ala-carte orders thus you have no choice but to avail of the buffet breakfast.

TOURS

I actually do not have a plan on what to do when in Phuket. I was on a “come what may” thinking for this trip which I am not used to because when I go for a trip, I ensure that schedule is in place. However, this changed when the date of the travel was nearing so as not to waste any time since we only have 3 days. I talked to a friend who has been there just recently and she suggested that I book online which is cheaper than getting it there.

On the day of our flight, it was only when I booked the tours online through http://www.patongtour.com

  • Private Phuket City Tour (THB1800 / approx PHP2,700 per car)
  • Phi Phi Island + Maya Beach + Khai Island By Speedboat (THB1,300 / approx PHP1,950 per person)

Day 1 – We had the island hopping whereby we experienced the rough ride because of the strong waves, everyone was wet, some were throwing up, some holding tightly on the steel bars of the boat.  It was indeed an experience!

Maya Beach is where the movie The Beach was filmed. Swimming is not allowed because of the strong current. We are only given time to take pictures.

Maya Beach

Maya Beach

Maya Beach

Maya Beach

Maya Beach

Maya Beach

Maya Beach – A cute kid in bee swimsuit

Maya Beach

Maya Beach – Molly!

Phi Phi Island is where we had our buffet lunch
Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island

I was amazed with the rock formations in Khai Island which seems to be like that of Philippines’ Kapurpurawan in Ilocos.

Khai Island

Khai Island – The Beach

Khai Island

Khai Island

Khai Island

Khai Island – Rock Formations

Khai Island

Khai Island – Rock Formations

Khai Island

Khai Island – Rock Formations

Khai Island

Khai Island – 1 umbrella and 2 chairs THB150

Day 2 – Rest day for us since we were not able to get having arrived past midnight and having to wake up early for our Island Hopping on day 1.  No concrete plans for the day but to shop for goods to be brought back to Manila and visit the Patong Beach which is just 10 minutes walk.

Patong Beach

Patong Beach

Patong Beach

Day 3 – City tour and our flight back to Manila at past midnight.  Good thing our package included photo documentation courtesy of our guide Pat.  Thus we need not worry of our group pictures.  It was indeed a long day for us from checking-out early, touring the city and going straight to the Airport.  Pictures below are from Pat of http://www.patongtour.com

Phuket City Tour

Phuket City Tour

Phuket City Tour

Phuket City Tour

Phuket City Tour

Phuket City Tour

Phuket City Tour

Phuket City Tour

Phuket City Tour

Phuket City Tour

Day 4 – We are back in Manila by Sunrise.

For detailed itinerary please go to the Travel Itineraries on the top menu.

FOOD

Meals usually cost THB200/PHP300 per person. There are different cuisines in the area as well.

We had Thai, Japanese, and American during our trip.  We need not worry our breakfast as it is included in the room.

Thai Dinner at a Local Restaurant named Champion

Pad Thai with Shrimp

Pad Thai with Shrimp

Crispy Squid

Crispy Squid

Shrimp in Garlic Butter

Shrimp in Garlic Butter

Papaya Salad

Papaya Salad

Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice

 Japanese Lunch at Fuji which is near Patong Beach

Fuji

Fuji

Fuji

Fuji

Fuji

American Lunch at We Café Salad and Coffee as recommended by our guide
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WeCafephuket

Yes! they grow their greens just outside of the restaurant.
WeCafePhuket

Choose your own ingredients and dressing for your salad. We had salmon, lettuce, carrots, corn with Caesar dressing.
WeCafePhuket

WeCafePhuket

WeCafePhuket

WeCafePhuket

WeCafePhuket

Finished our meal with Caffe Latte
WeCafePhuket

Street Food we tried as well
Crepe

Crepe

Crepe

Banana Nutella Crepe

Food Bazaar

Coconut Pancake

Food Bazaar

Salmon BBQ

Food Bazaar

Food Bazaar

TAKE-HOME GOODS / SOUVENIRS

Goods are expensive in Patong, Phuket as compared to that of Bangkok.   Some must buys are: Durian Chips, Tamarind, wasabi peas, wasabi nuts, dried anchovies and other dried fruits.

For magnets and keychains, it is cheaper outside which can only cost 3 for THB100 but in the mall a piece can cost THB70.

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