We stayed in Phuket for five days, at D’feel Hostel in Patong. It’s around a km walk from the hostel to Patong beach. I had booked an individual room for myself, which cost around 700 Baht (20 USD) per night (breakfast not included). I used the website Makemytrip.com for booking the room which generally offer some discount on hotel bookings. The room was air-conditioned, clean, and had all the basic amenities like a mini refrigerator, hair dryer, and general toiletries. There was no daily housekeeping, but they provided fresh towels and drinking water bottles everyday. The hostel was really nice, but if you’re not on a budget, there are several hostels and luxurious hotels closer to the beach.
The island of Phuket has several clear water and white sand beaches. We rented a bike, and visited many beaches including Kata Noi, Karon, Surin, Kamla, Promthep Cape, and of course, Patong beach. All the beaches are really beautiful.
Patong beach (above) is the most famous beach in Phuket. It is close to many restaurants, cafes and bars, and is a walk away from the island’s major nightlife areas. The beach also offers various watersport activities such as parasailing and jet skiing.
Rest of the beaches (above) I visited were less crowded and more peaceful, as compared to Patong. I especially loved going for a swim on Karon Beach, because the water was extremely clear, and the white sand so soft.
On our last day in Phuket, we went on a day tour of Phi Phi islands. We booked the tour from our hotel at a price of 1300 Baht (38 USD) per person, which included pick and drop from/to the hotel, and lunch and snacks. It was almost a nine hour day trip, and we visited three islands by speedboat, and saw two from a distance. We first went to Khai island, where we were provided equipment for snorkeling (for free!). One could also go for deep sea diving (not free!) on that beach. We stayed on that beach for some time, and then went to the Phi Phi Don island, and had lunch there. The lunch was very basic, as expected. The next and final stop was Maya Bay (the movie The Beach was filmed there). This was by far the most beautiful beach we saw that day.
In between these stops, our boat stopped at a few other sightseeing spots, which we saw from a distance, as were not allowed to get down there. At one of those spots, those who wanted to swim or snorkel could jump from the boat and do so in deep waters.
This marked the end of our beach escapade in Phuket. I’ll talk about Phuket nightlife, and the street food I liked, in my next post.
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