The local markets, street food, and nightlife of Phuket
We visited two local markets in Phuket: Baan Son night market, and Malin Plaza. Both of the markets offered great street food options at cheap prices. Being a vegetarian, I had limited choices, but the place is a food haven for people who want to have authentic and reasonably priced Thai food. Apart from food stalls, the markets also had many small shops selling souvenirs and clothes.
We also went to Jungceylon shopping complex, which was like a regular air conditioned mall with restaurants, cafes, and shopping stores.
Bangla street is like the heart of Phuket sex industry. The main street is lined with bars and clubs on both sides. Most of the bars had a (at least) few scantily clad Thai girls dancing on the stage or performing pole dance. Many of them also offered “private shows”. While walking on the road, after every few hundred meters, we were approached by Thai men and women to visit their bar for ping pong shows.
We went bar hopping on the street (didn’t watch any of those shows, though) on one night. On another night, we went to a club called Illuzion, where we paid 1600Baht (46USD) per person for unlimited alcoholic drinks.
Overall, the street is very lively, and it was great fun just walking there.
Last day in Bangkok
After Phuket, we again went back to Bangkok and spent a night there, since we had a flight back home from there the following evening. I stayed at At Mind Executive Suites hotel, which I had booked online for 1000 Baht (30USD). On our last day in Thailand, we only managed to visit a couple of malls, since we didn’t have a lot of time. I bought a few clothes and souvenirs from MBK Center. For going to the airport, we went by sky train to Mo Chit station, and took the A1 bus from there, which goes straight to Don Mueang airport.
That marked the end of my Thailand Journey. The week long trip cost me around 13,000 Baht (400 USD), including the return airfare from Bangkok to Phuket, and excluding the visa cost and return airfare from home to Bangkok.
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