Phuket, Thailand Solo

 

Phuket

 October 2012

So left Chiang Mai and headed south to Phuket and next is Bangkok before I head to China. I booked the domestic flight with Thai airlines. I used a taxi to get to the hotels because public transportation is not really practical here. Phuket is tiny compared to Chiang Mai and Bangkok. This is the perfect beach town, very laid back compared to the other cities so far. Phuket is the beach area so this was and will be the most relaxing part of the trip.

 

When I planned this trip, initially I was going to do the north and Bangkok but I realized that I better get my butt down to these beautiful beaches or I’d be kicking myself for years to come and I am so glad I did. The hotel choices for Phuket are endless. I had a hard time narrowing my choices. I wanted to find a smaller boutique hotel as well as a more luxurious bigger venue so I split my time between two places.

 

Here I just chilled. A lot of laying on the beach, pool and eating. A lot less congested and much prettier venue than Chiang Mai or Bangkok. The people seem a little more laid back. The beach water was very warm, calm and clear. As like every place else in Thailand so far, massage, facials or nail treatments are dirt cheap. Plenty of dining and shopping options too. when planning for this trip I was also considering Krabi. It was agony making the final decision but finally decided on Phuket and no regrets as it is beautiful. 

 

Loved my hotel selections here, Le Meridien and TwinpalmsTake a look at the pics below. 

 

Traveling solo did not present any issues. As with other locations throughout Thailand, I did not experience any threats. Although I took the hotel transportation from Le Meridien down to the main public beach area, I decided to take walk back on my own. Depending on how many days you have in this area I would recommend visiting the tour guides near the beach for day trips in addition to what your hotel may offer as the prices may be cheaper. Get an early start for the day trips as they leave and book up earlier in the day.

There were plenty of places to grab a bite at great prices also many bars, salons and shopping. Too many to list but there are plenty of resources online to explore. I choose to do dinners at my hotels as they where probably some of the best in the area.

Back near the Twin Palms hotel it was in a more walkable area. There was a proper bank and markets to grab snacks close by. Le Meridien was more or a secluded resort with a private beach cove. See more details on the hotels on my site.

 

Patong Beach
Hotel – Twin Palms

 

Private Beach for Hotel – Le Meridien
Scooters everywhere
TwinPalms Beach from restaurant
Private Beach for Hotel – Le Meridien

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