Hey Guys! I am Backkkkkk! Sorry for being so inconsistent with my posts here..i have a full time job and i am also studying . The only day off is a Sunday and thats when i like to sit at home and do nothing! 🙂 I wanted to complete the Thai Series so that i can get started on my Himalayan Trek! Oh yea..u heard it right 🙂 I finally got to do the Himalayan trek for New Years…what better way to bring in the New Year right 😀 So stay tuned for my post !
Hoping u have already read my previous blog post on my Thai trip…if you havent, please find the post here. In this post , i would like to tell you about what we saw and did in Phuket!
In my previous post , i bid farewell to you all at the bus station , so lets continue from there….:) While waiting for our bus, we got ourselves some yummy green tea and some food! By the end of the Thai trip, we had become green tea fans 🙂 We travelled in a luxury bus and on arrival we stayed in Gotum hostel.
Phuket is supposedly the largest island in Thailand and features 29 Buddhist temples – or Wats.
- Wat Chalong – A very old and beautiful temple visited by thousands each year. We got dropped at the main road by a taxi if i remember and then we had to walk for close to 10 minutes to get to the main entrance. Even though we traveled during January, i could really feel the heat of the afternoon sun. Be prepared to brace the sun with a good sunscreen, and a facial mist. Enroute the main entrance, you would find several tiny stalls where you can buy souvenirs and bottled water. Upon reaching the temple, we heard a series of loud crackling sound of firecrackers and we were quite stunned to hear it. At first we were frightened and later on enquiry we got to know that Thai locals and tourists light firecrackers inside large clay ovens near the temple’s sermon hall. The firecrackers are ignited in gratitude of an answered prayer. We also spotted a beautiful orchid garden right near the temple and we went crazy clicking pictures! 🙂
- Big Buddha in Chalong – sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and is 45 m high and can be seen far and wide across Phuket. Since we were running out of time, we clicked a picture of the Big Buddha without really going up there. However, if you have the time, do make a visit to see the statue up close and alsotreat your eyes with a 360 degree view of Phuket!
- Phi Phi Island– are a group of six islands located in Krabi province, off the south-west coast of Thailand. The six islands are namely Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi Leh, Bida Nok, Bida Noi, Bamboo Island and Mosquito island (Ko Yung). A Thai Trip is incomplete without a visit to the famous Phi Phi Island. The island is drop dead gorgeous and has turquoise blue waters with white sandy beaches. Its a sought after destination for tourists. The island is famous for the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio. After exploring the island and taking a zillion selfies, we headed to Maya Bay! Its a stunning bay that is surrounded by 100 metre high cliffs on three sides. The beautiful uninhabited bay consists of several small beaches. The main beach boasts a 200-metres long coastline with fine white sands. Dont forget to indulge in some fun activities like snorkelling..we highly recommend it. The best time to visit the Maya Bay is between November to April, when the sea tends to be calmer. We booked our Island hopping tour with our hotel and it was a 1 day tour! During our island hopping tour we also got to see the Viking Cave which is also known as Tham Phaya Nak. Its name was derived from the ancient cave paintings of long boats, resembling that of the Viking, which can be found on the eastern and southern walls of the cave. However, entry to these caves is closed to tourists to protect the paintings. Hence zoom in your camera lens to click some pictures!
- Visit the Patong Beach– Since we are total beach bums, we headed to the popular Patong beach which was bustling with tourists. Relaxed a bit and had some good food from a restaurant facing the beach . Also got a temporary tatoo on my arm 😉
- Explore the old town of Phuket and do some shopping at the popular Naka Market! While exploring the old town, we saw several boxing centres ! Never knew THAI WRESTLING was such a big thing.. We headed to the popular Naka Market which is a very big local night market, where you can basically find everything you want or anything you are looking for in here at throwaway prices. Lots of options for food and drinks too. The market really comes alive only in the evenings after sun down. We tried out crocodile meat for the first time at the night market. It was cheap too. However not a fan of its taste, we felt it was very rubbery. I shopped a lot at the market and picked up leather bags in several colours and also some pretty flip flops 😀 there were several electronic stores but since I never take a chance with electronic goods, i gave it a miss !