Phuket, Thailand - Week 1
I have such a massive hate for long haul flights. I’m not an overly panicked flyer but it freaks me out enough that I can’t relax and thus can’t sleep, so long haul flights screw my body up completely. Although my over all flighting time to Phuket was only 14 hours, the traveling to the airport and layovers made it about 20 hours from door to door in total (If, like me, you get snappy and grumpy when you’re sleep deprived you will feel my pain). I felt from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur with British Airways and then to Phuket with Tiger Air (Tiger is a great little airline that really impressed me. Their service, inflight entertainment and food were exactly what was required for my hour and a half flight).
I’d been planning this trip since September 2017. My little sister moved out to Phuket to be a scuba dive instructor (basically living my total #lifegoals) so I obviously had to take the opportunity to come and visit her. Having not been to Thailand since I was about 8 years old, I had no idea what I was supposed to expect, you obviously don’t notice certain things as a child that you prioritise as an adult. Having my sister living in Phuket enabled her to find somewhere for me to stay that she knew I would be comfortable but still able to entertain myself whilst she was at work, she also arranged an airport transfer for me so that when I did finally arrive, all I needed to be concerned about was my bag having made It to Thailand with me (last time It ended up in Australia for a week!)
The first week I spent finding my feet and exploring the local beaches and restaurants, finding a good iced coffee and pad Thai - your daily essentials. I promised myself I would take It slow this trip, I usually go full throttle when It comes to the sun and tanning, which results in me always peeling the last few days of my holiday and my tan disappearing. As I had a few moles removed in the weeks before my trip, I thought it wise to be safe rather than sorry and didn’t get too carried away. I was also worried about the drastic climate shift and its effect on my body. England in February is obviously very cold, Thailand, however, is humid and averaging 30 degrees every day, I knew If I pushed myself too much the climate and my jet lag would get the better of me.
I love a good sunset, let's face it who doesn’t?! Phuket has the most beautiful sunsets and they are pretty damn consistent and perfect every single night. It was obviously one of my first questions when asking for directions and I got pointed towards Nai Harn beach, which was just wow (I don’t think I will miss a single sunset whilst I’m here and I will probably take a million photos of each one).
I was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to work with my sister. She has loved the water since before I can remember and It’s so amazing to see her doing something she loves so much, she is such a kind and calm person, making her an amazing teacher. As she taught students I swam, snorkelled and soaked up the sun on deck (I will do a blog post on the company she works for as I was so impressed with the team and how they operate. Thailand is notorious for not caring about health and safety but Sea Bees Diving is probably the best dive company I’ve seen).
The next day my sister had off work so we decided to hire a car and head to the other end of the island, as she lives in Chalong we stopped off at The Big Budda first, the budda is positioned on the highest point in Phuket (for religious reasons) and looks over the Chalong Bay, it’s such a great view from the top. We were also lucky enough to receive a blessing from a monk whilst we were here! We then stopped at a monkey rehabilitation centre where monkies that have been rescued from the tourism trade and treated poorly as pets are being treated in order to be released back into the wild. From here we hiked up to Bangpae waterfall which meant that we desperately needed a swim when we reached the top. We decided Kata beach would be a great spot to watch the sunset of the day and headed in that direction. I had been lead to believe that If I kept my eye on the horizon I might be able to see the green flash…. I think I was having my leg pulled as I have never seen the green flash and I’ve watched a lot of sunsets in my time.
I’ve had such a great first week in Thailand and can’t wait to explore a little bit further, Island hopping is for sure coming up on my agenda. If anyone has any ideas of places I need to visit or tips and tricks for whilst I’m here please let me know! Leave me a comment, email me or DM me on Instagram! Love to hear your thoughts.