Amazing Thailand: Phuket

Our recent trip to Phuket was unplanned.  I got a message from my husband saying he filed for leave and I was already wondering what the heck we would do when goes on leave. We definitely can't stay at home the whole time, it'll drive us crazy. I suddenly found myself booking tickets to Phuket. He arranged our accommodation.

Phuket is in my Thailand bucket list. But I didn;'t think I would be ticking it off as early as now. 

The perks of having a husband in the hotel industry means he has access to industry rates and he has colleagues who would give us discounted rates.

The Resort

We scored a deal with Radisson Blu Plaza Phuket in Panwa Beach. What a beautiful resort! We were even upgraded to a Junior Suite. Javi absolutely loved the big space for him to run around. I was too happy with the his and hers sinks. 

Our Junior Suite
The facilities were excellent. The seaside pool was stunning. I loved lounging in the bed instead of just a chair. There is a beach although it was low tide most of the time.  We enjoyed the gym and the Sapparot Club (which is the kid's play room). Yes I was waking up early so I could run in the tread mill. I have to continue my Couch to 5K program.

Resort facilities
We were advised to go island-hopping to Phi-Phi Beach or the James Bond one. Jed and I were both not keen with it and instead opted for massage treatments at the Talay Spa. My question is, "Is there even a bad massage here in Thailand?" Every massage place/spa I go to, the massage therapists are all wonderful.

Massage treatment at the Talay Spa
The Attractions

Since we chose to be stuck in Panwa Beach area, we did our own exploration.

Jed's colleague who gave us our very good rate at the Radisson was also in the resort that time so he showed us his discovery. Ten minute walk from the resort led us to the baywalk of Cape Panwa. We just missed the sunset but we could still see the change in color of the sky. There were a number of hotels, restaurants and convenience stores in the area. 

Cape Panwa after sunset
I was consulting this blog, Phuket 101, for tips on where we could go. There were only two attractions in our area - the first is the Panwa View Point. It is the highest hill in Phuket and the view point gives a 360 degree overview of the island. There is no entrance fee. One just has to climb the too many steps.

Panwa View Point
The other attraction is the Phuket Aquarium. It is not Siam Paragon's Ocean World. But for 100 baht per person, it is worth checking out. I loved aquariums and seeing different sizes, colors, and kind of fish was a delight for me. We were hoping Javi would be entertained, however he appeared scared at first then he was throwing tantrums (terrific twos) and later wanted to climb over the fence. 

Phuket Aquarium
The Food

I had been warned that Phuket is uber expensive. Well, Boracay is horribly expensive, too, as it is a tourist destination. So I was expecting prices would be more expensive than Bangkok especially when Phuket attracts more tourists than Boracay.  

I am prepared that food at the resort is expensive. I am pleased to learn it is not as expensive as I assumed. I am so happy to find a number of restaurants outside the resort which serves Thai cuisine. Well, I know they could've been cheaper but it's about the same price as we pay for every meal here in Bangkok.  

Tree Top Restaurant
Right in front of Radisson Blu Plaza Resort Phuket
The other restaurant we tried is along the bay walk of Cape Panwa.
Sawadee Restaurant
And of course, we have to have dessert. We found this little nook which serves cakes and ice cream. For two nights, I picked their Ferrero ice cream. It is right next to a mini supermarket.
The Trading Post
We all know about the tsunami that hit Phuket in December 2004 brought about by the earthquake in the Indian Ocean. It was still heartbreaking to read and watched what happened then. There were videos and photos on display in Phuket Aquarium.  

Phuket Tsunami, December 2004
Our Phuket experience had been very relaxing. The three nights we spent was enough for now. I loved how quiet Panwa Beach is compared with the Patong area. Jed and I do not need bars and the nightlife. What we are after now is quality time with each other and with our little boy.

Panwa Beach
from my BlackBerry camera
This was from my point and shoot camera which I played around a bit.
Lastly, I added another city to my collection.

Interesting how the icon for Phuket are the same boats I took photos of.

I wonder which city in Thailand we will visit next. My bucket list only has two - Chiang Mai and Phuket. And I have already visited both cities.

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  1. irms, where do you make those beautiful photo collage? :)

  2. In Picnik. I followed your advice I upgraded pero monthly lang. I love it!!


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