Phuket, Thailand - Week 2
The week started with trying to find new and interesting places outside of Rawai (the area I've been starting in). I decided that rather than forking out for a taxi, I would try and get the bus (they are little blue trucks... I wish I'd known what they looked like before I tried to flag down a number of tour vehicles). Having waited an hour and a half for the bus (they run on "Thai time", meaning they turn up when they want to turn up, they don't have a schedule) I headed off to explore Chalong Bay. Chalong is generally where all the tours from this end of the island go from, so the pier can get pretty hectic, a lot of eastern tourist heading out on their boat tours for the day. The coastlines that are close to docks or piers are generally not very busy, but this is due to the amount of rubbish that washes up on the shore from the boats, although they are still beautiful to walk along and far quieter, they are not somewhere I'd like to spend soaking up the sun.
I'd hoped to find the Chalong Bay rum distillery whilst I was up there, rum is generally my drink of choice and having read a little bit about the history of the brand and craftsmanship, I thought it would be worth checking out - their mojitos are to die for apparently! As it took me so long via to get into Chalong I didn't have as long as I expected to explore and didn't get the find the distillery, I still have plenty of time in Phuket to try again.
By Tuesday I'd started to feel very dehydrated, suffering from dizzy spells and starting to become very itchy and irritable from the heat. I decided it would be wise to spend the day rehabilitating myself whilst I waited for my sister to finish work and take me to her favourite street food market. She wanted to show me her favourite Pad Thai which came from a little Thai man at the Chalong night market at the Home Pro Village. The dish really did not disappoint and I'd highly recommend a visit if you're in the area on a Tuesday night.
Midweek, I went to find a tailor to have something custom made for myself. I’ve had so many friends that have been to Thailand travelling and had suits made and I really struggle to find office wear that fits me without completely swamping my small frame so I did a quick Google search and headed off the nearest tailor. The guy in the store was amazing, knew exactly what I wanted and took my measurements right then and there. He said It would take about a week and a half and cost 5,000B (about £130).
I’d been doing a little Instagram search of the area the night before and spotted this beautiful beach not far from where I was staying, they had that amazing Thai vibe that I was looking for and I saw pictures of people in the water with pigs! Having paid my deposit at the tailors, I decided to head off in search of the beach. Although I’d been to a lot of really nice beaches since I arrived they have all been jam-packed with tourist and not really what I had imagined when I thought of Thai beaches. Lemka Beach is absolutely beautiful! Perfect white sand and crystal clear sea, I loved this beach so much that I actually went back there for the next 2 days so that I could show my sister the little piece of paradise I’d found.
Long tail boats are the classic mode of Thai transportation, so it obviously needed to be done. Having waited a few days for the winds to die down, I was finally able to hire one out for the day. For 1,200B (about £25) I got myself taken out to Ko Bon, a beautiful island that Is located about 15 minutes off the coast of Rawai with perfect white sand and blue sea. The island isn’t very popular with tourist as it use to be a resort that is now no longer in operation and the island is mainly used for weddings (I saw 7 being performed and photographed that day!) Come 3 PM all the weddings had finished and I was completely alone on the beach, something that I had desperately been searching for since I arrived. I will for sure be coming back here to the end of my trip.
On Sunday my sister had to work and so I went to work with her again. On Sundays, her dive company go to the Phi Phi Island (made famous by the movie “The Beach”) so this was a great day for me to go with her. I got to snorkel and sunbathe all day, even finding myself swimming alongside a very big group of barracudas! This was completely out of this world and I couldn’t help by freak out a little at the moment (if you know me, you know I am a little bit of a wimp when it comes to the ocean and fishes).
I’m having such an amazing time in Thailand, next week I plan to explore the Northern part of the Island a little bit more. 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.