Before I open this door and show you around the island of Phuket,
I would like to take the time to thank my Airbnb hosts from Muchshima House, located near Surin beach, for their wonderful hospitality during my stay.
With that being said, let's go out for a ride, and I'll show you around! :)
The beauty of nature
This tropical island is so pleasant to visit during the dry season, which is winter time in North America. It's always sunny, very hot, and full of surprises everywhere you go!
My first day there was a full day spent thanks to the short flight between Bangkok and Phuket.
What did I do first? I went to the nearest beach obviously! I decided to spent my first day on foot, to get to explore my surroundings and enjoy my walks. It took about 20 min by foot to get to the beach but I didn't mind because there's food everywhere you go, fresh fruit, coffee & smoothie stands, and there's lots of hills which can be great for exercising.
That moment when I see the beach from a distance always gives me an inner thrill, because I know I'll get to be partially naked, in the water, swimming like a little fishy with no worries.
Unfortunately for me, since I got there so early, I was still kind of sleepy and so I ended up falling asleep for about an hour or so, right under the sun.
I didn't even think anything would happen because I was in Bangkok for a month and a half prior to the island and I thought that I was already tanned and exposed to the sun so I shouldn't worry about sunburns. WRONG!
Note to self, ALWAYS have some sunscreen or else you'll turn like a lobster.
The night of, I started itching and noticing I was fully red. Oh boy! Does that mean I won't get to go swimming for my whole stay here? Defs NO!
Do you tell the injured dolphin to get out of the water? Of course not!
You cover yourself up from head to toe and shove yourself in the water like a good little boy!
Clear waters of Surin beach
The place where I stayed offered scooters for rent,
so I took one for only 250 baht/day (~10$ cad.)
If you're planning on traveling around the island, the scooter is the best way possible. You can easily park it, there's little gas kiosks everywhere you go in case you don't find a gas station to fill up and your burned skin gets to enjoy that breeze!
Random temple off a street
What's great about this place is that there's so many fields and open space, so really if you're a normal driver, you shouldn't worry about driving here, traffic isn't as crazy as other parts in Asia.
It's safe to say that I spent most of my time driving all over the island, beach hoping, listening to my favorite music and making pit stops for food & cool attractions.
On my third day, I did the usual, went to the beach, drank some exotic fruit smoothies and decided to do go visit a mall in the center of the city and then go check out some temples. As I left the mall, I realized there was thundering noises in the sky. Great! I was hopping it wouldn't rain but, I guess it had to. And It wasn't those rains that last for several minutes and then the sky stays clear...
Here's a cinematic shot of the rain,
just so you feel the depth of my emotions at that time lol!
I felt like I was part of that TV show Man vs Nature .
I'm stubborn, so even though I was soaked and was driving a scooter under the rain I still had to make my way to those historical sites because my GPS said I was near! I'm not quitter lol!
After laying under foliage plants for shelter next to frogs and mosquitoes during the heavy rainfall moments, I just decided to make my way like a lunatic. I don't know if God was telling me to leave and go back home because everywhere I went it was getting worse. Finally I think He realized that I'm a little psycho when it comes to wanting to explore so the sky finally calmed down and I got to visit some really cool spots, Amen!
Wat Chalong - The most visited buddhist temple in Phuket
There's so much to see over here. Such beautiful details, from the walls, to the ceilings to the landscaping with gorgeous plants. To be honest, most of the temples I saw were only from afar or on the go because I knew there was this place that had so much more to offer.
These revered monk statues, decorated with golden leaves, symbolize the founders of the temple. Buddhists from all over the world come to pray and pay respect to them.
Now the last place that I had to visit after leaving this spot was this giant Buddha statue laying on one of Phuket's viewpoints. Before I got there, there was a little farm nearby and I got to see a baby elephant up close, it was the cutest creature!
Big Buddha Viewpoint
I was actually so happy that I got to take a picture of the statue with all that foggy mist from the rainfall. It looks so cinematic. It's odd to say, but I actually enjoyed experiencing the tropics of the island because that's just a part of nature, vegetation needs water too!
As I was heading down the mountain, I was still drenched, sun was setting, so it was a race against time to get back to my hotel. Thankfully I made it with no problem, got back took a nice warm shower and got all dried up for next day's adventure!
My before last day I went on a tour to the Similan islands which are home to a beautiful national park and wildlife. There are several tours offered to the islands nearby, including Maya Bay (James Bond island), but I figured that would be too touristy and I wasn't down. I opted for these islands because they're not that heard of but wow was I happy to spend the day there. It costed 3000 baht (~115$ cad) which included, picking up from your hotel, a tour of the island, snorkeling, and food.
The fish I got to see while snorkeling had the prettiest colors I've ever seen in my life. They actually had to whistle at me to leave the water and get back to the boat, because I stayed there "passed the time limit" which wasn't true because they said 30 min for that particular beach and it felt like 20. Lies... But it's ok, I had a blast hehe!
I had some time left after a huge buffet so I decided to spend less time on the beach and climb the top of the mountain and check out the view.
My inner Indiana Jones. There was a rope, blocks of stone and trees.
My camera was just asking me to snap away! :P
And here comes the last day...
I was a little sad I only stayed 5 days on the island but I'm glad I even did!
My host told me about a beautiful hidden beach near a rich suburb that I just had to visit before I leave for Bangkok. I obviously agreed and she was even so kind to offer me the scooter free of charge for that day.
I got so excited and humbled by her kindness so I started making my way there to take advantage of the time I had left.
My host had filled me in on some police men lingering there trying to scam some people but that I shouldn’t worry about it because it was super hot at that time so they won’t be out in the sun waiting.
Just my luck, road block & BOOM: 5-6 Thai officers were there.
In my head I was freaking out! I don’t have anything on me, what do I do? I had around 20 seconds to figure out a plan before it was my turn to get checked. The man asks for papers, I said I have none. He asks for passport, I said i don’t have it; everything is at my hotel.
So he said, ok you pay around 10k Baht/385$(which easily lasts you 3 weeks in Thailand) or you go to police station.
When I heard that, my heart dropped so I was just praying to God to get me out of this mess. And then a genius idea came to me, I’ll play the stupid card and try to mix him up (since he doesn’t speak English as well.)
First I said, I don’t have much money on me (which was true), and told him I’m going to the beach for a couple hours before heading for my flight to Bangkok.
He kept insisting, "Pay or go police!"
I explained I don’t understand what you mean. I explained I only have a bit of money on me enough for gas and some food and for my taxi to the airport. I kept repeating it and this guy wouldn’t budge so I was getting annoyed and pulled out my phone and opened the GPS and told him where is the police station I’ll just go.
He was talking over me, I was playing stupid and was trying to figure it out on the map. I knew it was located where I came from so I said to myself, just pretend to them you’re going there and just find another road and peace out!
The guy himself got annoyed and said," Ok how much you have?" I said 200(I had 400) but hid it when I showed my wallet. He then just said, "Ok give me and go."
I then got so relieved and looked at him and said," I can go to the beach and then go home no problem right?" He nodded and said yes. And I took off to this hidden gem.
Thank the Lord. I outsmarted him with only 7$ and got to enjoy the beach for my last hours in this beautiful city.
See you next time Phuket, I will miss you!