It was early in the morning and the weather is really nice. It’s a day full of excitement, I must say. I travel alone going to Phuket International Airport. Everything is all set, I already have my passport with stamp on it. Unlike in some other countries were I’ve been, the immigration officers here are so welcoming. They grin at me when they noticed that I am a bit lost and pointed the right way to Exit.
I walked down the airport and look for the mini bus bay.
It cost me 180 baht and it’s a shared mini bus. Everyone is smiling at me and that made me feel their warm welcome. It stopped for a while in their office to register our passport number and the hotel names where we want to drop off.
After 2 hours, the driver approach me and we’re now in front of the Red Planet Hotel. It was previously known as the Tune Hotel in Patong.
It was a sunny day and the hotel room is very cozy. It looks so neat and it’s totally comfy. It has a full view mirror in front and another one above the headdress bed which I love the most. It has a cutie bed side table and a vault to secure our valuables. The bathroom has a glass divider and it smells really good. Hair blower is also available to use privately. My friend and I both love the room.
I can’t wait to see the beach so I started to prepare. I made sure I have my phone with me so I can take photos and videos.
It was an overwhelming feeling while walking in a foreign place.
I have a bad sense of direction but this time I didn’t get lost. I made it and I was able to find the beach. Parasailing is one of the activity that you may want to try in Phuket. But since I don’t know how to swim, yes you read it right! I can’t try it. I love going to the beach but I don’t know how to swim. Funny isn’t it? Don’t worry, I am trying my very best to learn, that’ll be another story. I hope soon I can share it to everyone, I would be very glad if that time comes. Going back, I enjoyed watching the scenery. I am not quite sure if sitting in the beach chair is free or it has a charge. I just sat and started to take photos as I love what I am seeing. I’ve seen a couple and they look so in love after ages. I wish I could have experience it soon. Being with someone you love in a nice place.
I tried looking for an authentic restaurant so I can try their local dish. I went inside and go out again, same goes in another restaurant. Until I found their 7/11 and look what I got. I grab the opportunity to try the Thai Milk Tea, weird because it’s color orange. Unusual for a milk tea that I’ve tried before but I really like it’s taste. It’s a bit bitter and I can say that it’s close to Teh Tarik (Malaysia’s Milk Tea).
I also tried their burger but nothing special to it, still satisfied my cravings. Would you imagine, I only spent less than a hundred baht for snacks. That’s cheap compare to other places.
I still have time to walk around after eating. Capturing photos, checking out menus of every restaurants for an hour made my day. I almost forgot that my friend will be coming.
The moment he arrived we went back to the beach and I didn’t know the other side that we explore that night. It was his second time in Phuket and we decided to go to the bar.
After eating dinner, we went straight to Bangla Road where night life is. It wasn’t an ordinary bar but a wild one for me. Everyone’s offering a drink and not just that, they are also offering a Ping Pong show. Take note, it’s a free entrance show. That was the first time I heard about it but based on their pictures, guys would really love it. ^-^
Sometimes being open to the public is much better. Just like this place, they are very open when it comes to sexuality and that’s the reason why people are having their best time of life. I’m not saying that it’s good but it’s not bad either. I am hesitant at first because I’m not used to what I am seeing. Everything is really wild for me but experiencing this kind of night life is out of my comfort zone which I enjoyed the most. Why? Because I was able to see a different side of life. A life without pretensions and pure of reality.
I’ve seen girls dancing on the table and everyone seems to be tipsy. The night is still young so we decided to get another drink. Sex on the beach is what I tried and it’s so hot even on my first sip. Then, a lady saw us having a boring drink and sitting at the corner side of the bar. Maybe she’s thinking that we are not enjoying the place but she’s wrong. She ask us to play tic-tac-toe with her and if she wins we’ll buy her a drink but if we win, she’ll give us free drinks. Not a bad offer but we surely loss the game because I have no idea how it works. We refused her offer, we already know that tactics and for sure we’re not gonna win.
Good thing, she didn’t force us but she offered twice. We continue drinking and talking and another crew offered us to play. There’s something in her that we like. She’s so kind and accommodating. Oh! I forgot to mention her name is Cherry and even though we knew that we’re not gonna win, we let her play with us. We really had fun that night, I can’t describe but you can easy get along with her. I so like her even though she defeated us.
The disco light turned to be a stain on my forehead (hahaha) and look we got another drink. It’s almost midnight when we finished our so called night life and that’s the end of our Day 1 in Phuket.
The next day, we manage to wake up on time and had our breakfast at Charlie’s cafe next to our hotel. We had some issues because we thought that breakfast is included in our reservation but we’re wrong. Still okay because we got a discount and while eating we contacted our tour so we can get the tour details. We found out that they didn’t listed our booking because they sent a confirmation email yesterday but since I am so busy I was not able to check it. We got really worried because that was our only chance to have a tour, tomorrow morning will be our flight going to Bangkok and we can’t miss to do the Island Hopping. That was the highlight of our trip, we prepared a month before.
Finally, my friend was able to find an alternative tour. It was a quick transaction and we got our tour for only 1,300 baht each. Right after our breakfast the lady went to our hotel lobby to get our payment and instructed us to wait at the lobby.
While waiting, we found a photo booth at the hotel lobby. Cool right? You can send the picture on your email or post it to your social media account.
The long wait is over, we finally got our island tour. From the port we waited for an hour because the tour guide needs to assure our safety. They briefed us about the agenda and they group us into three. They are offering Thai, Chinese and English introduction for the foreigners who does not know how to understand other languages. They give us time to change our clothes and the guy give us a pill for us not to feel dizzy during the boat ride. You can also buy swimming gear if you’d like to have your own instead of using what they will provide.
The moment that the boat stopped, my heart started to beat so fast. This is it! Oh my God, I am so afraid in water. I think, I am starting to pray at that moment (hahaha).
After a few minutes of convincing me to let go of the rope to have a nice shot,I made it. Thanks to my friend who didn’t get tired to convince me. For the sake of the blog, hahaha that’s what I thought. But my fear retain so after 5 minutes of floating I started to panic again. I don’t know how to move sideways and to get back on track.
Water is my greatest fear and I just realized that while growing. I remember when I was in my secondary school, there was one time that I got drowned because I didn’t noticed that the pool was 7 feet high. I just can’t forget that moment and whenever I tried I always failed. When our family are having a summer outing, I always stay in the pool gutter or in a 4 feet swimming pool instead. That was tough because I can’t enjoy the pool even if I’d love to. I’ve been in different islands in the Philippines but I never tried to swim even with the life vest, I don’t trust it I guess. I’m one step forward from my greatest fear now.
The tour guide announced that we cannot go to Maya Beach, where Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie (The Beach) was shoot. As a preparation, I’d even watched the movie before our trip. We we’re able to see the Viking Cave and the Monkey Beach. On our second stop, no more rope for me to hold on. I breathe deeply and prepare myself, at first I am enjoying it. But when I notice that I am getting far from the boat and the waves keep hitting my face, I started to panic again. Oh God, I can’t imagine I survived. I almost yelled for help but no one seems to hear me. I started to focus and think of what I learned during my DIY swimming lesson. I remember all the videos I watched from Youtube on how to survive in a deep water. I believe that the fear I had was just all in my mind because believe it or not, I was able to reach the boat. I can’t explain how did it happen, I almost forgot that there are cute colorful fishes in the area. I felt relieved and happy at the same time. I will still try to learn swimming and I hope in time I can make it.
The tour went well and all our pictures made my day. When we get back to Phuket, my friend and I decided to withdraw so we can eat dinner. Unexpected circumstance happens again, we use my friend’s Maybank ATM to withdraw from the Thanachart Bank near our hotel. It happened so fast and the ATM card did not came out from the ATM machine. That was around 7 pm and we have no idea of what the prompt is. We tried to press Cancel but nothing happens. What we did was, went back to our hotel and asked help from the receptionist to contact the Customer Hotline. She’s very helpful and patiently talked to the representative. We we’re advised to claim the ATM card from the bank the next day but that’s not possible because we have a flight. Moving forward, we’re still lucky because I can use my card. We made sure to be more careful, otherwise it’ll spoil our trip. It took time for me to withdraw because I need to manage my withdrawal limit and activate my card to use outside Malaysia.
Note: Be careful in using an international card to any banks. Make sure to do it during the business hours so you can report it right away. It was a lesson learned for both us.
Whew! That was alarming at first. Good news, it was a successful transaction. That was the end of our Phuket journey. Tomorrow we will be in Bangkok.