Phuket 8-11 Feb 2007

I went to Phuket a week before Chinese New Year. It’s an awesome place, although I was a little worried with the Legionnaires disease and bombing in Thailand. In fact, I almost cancelled this trip, but decided to go ahead instead. The disease is not as serious as reported. Four europeans were down with the disease. They visited Phuket way back in November 2006 and all of them stayed in the same hotel. So, there we were…for 4 fun and relaxing days.

At the Phuket International Airport, we actually rejected few taxi offers until we eventually realised that probably the prices there are fixed, because everyone is giving the same price, and refusing to reduce. While on the way to Kata Beach, the driver brought us to few tourist spots, and one of it is the shooting range.

It’s a MUST try. This is the first time I got my hand on a real gun. It’s damn powerful ok!

This is the hotel where we stayed. Peach Hill. It’s not a 5 stars hotel, but it’s alright. Nice and simple. From the look of it, once it must be a really nice and expensive hotel. Nonetheless, I will recommend it to anyone who is coming to Phuket, wanted a decent place to stay and is budget conscious. It’s just a 5 minutes walk to Kata Beach and Kata Town. And about 10 minutes walk to Karon Beach.

Peach Hill has 3 swimming pools. They look nice, but there are broken branches and leaves in the pool. They sure need better maintenance.

Almost the whole Phuket is filled with europeans and they comes out in droves at night! The whole town is packed of people at night, and the shops open until late into midnight. And then when morning comes, the whole town looks deserted, even at 11am. That’s how late they open shop.

This guy is selling something like a roti canai, applied with jams. Quite nice. It’s 30 baht per piece. About RM3. Quite expensive leh.

Kata Beach.

Karon Beach.

Patong Beach.

Central Festival – shopping centre in Phuket.

Wat Chalong, the most prominent wat in Phuket.

This status of the monk is built of 100% gold. According to the driver, this monk is very highly regarded in Phuket.

Some exotic delicacies being sold outside the wat.

Phuket Hill Restaurant is situated in the middle of a hill where you can have a full view of Phuket Town. When we went there, it was in the afternoon. I believe the view will be much nicer at night. However, for some safety reasons, we prefer to travel far in the afternoon instead of at night.

This is the Kwan Im Teng temple where we encounter a really authentic Thai incident. While we were praying, three youngsters walked in and one of them was crying. From the look of her face, we knew something was wrong. So, we quickly prayed, and left. This girl we believe was under some curse, and she can’t even step into the main shrine of the temple. We were quite scared, and left quickly.

This is the map of our island hopping and snorkelling trip. When we pay for the trip, the lady told us that everything will be taken care of and we do not even need to bring any money. We were so wrong to listen to her, because when we reach the island, we have to pay for each seat that we take on the beach. Luckily, we met a couple from Hong Kong on the boat, and the offered to share their seat with us so that we can put our things on it.

And oh… they have frozen food in 7-Eleven, and it is absolutely delicious! We tried a few flavor, and the best one if the spaghetti above.  It’s so delicious and it’s only 45 baht. It’s your tight on budget, eat this.

And this is a picture of Genting Highlands taken from the plane. I have seen it before, only that this time I have a camera ready with me to capture it. 😉

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