First night in crazy Phuket... drunk! :P
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I arrived in Phuket airport on time. One thing I didnâ€™t research in the internet is how I could get a cheaper taxi that will bring me to my hotel. I initially plan to go out of the airport and try to haggle with the taxi drivers but I was a bit nervy and decided to just get a coupon from the taxi station inside the airport. It costs me 550 Baht which I think not bad considering the travel time is around 45 minute to reach Patong beach. But then later I found out there was a van service outside the airport that only costs 150 Baht!
Phuket somehow reminds me of Bacolod, Pampanga, or Bulacan in Philippines where you can see tall green trees, mountains, and small houses along the road side.
After almost an hour of travel, I finally arrived in my hotel named Baan Pron Phateep. I just booked this place in the internet. I was a bit sceptical at first because they didnâ€™t ask for any initial payment or whatsoever. After I confirmed my booking via email they just sent me a form to fill-up which already serves as the confirmation. I went straight to the receptionist and asked for my room. Apparently, someone is using the room B06 which was initially booked under my name. But they gave me room B04 but will only be available around 12nn. I arrived 9am so I still have 3 hours to wait.
With nothing else to do yet, I immediately checked the beach area! I wasnâ€™t surprised but I was overwhelmed with the massive of tourists swimming or having their sun-bathing. I roamed the place and checked where Carlaâ€™s hotel is. Sheâ€™s one of my TB friend who will be in Phuket too so we decided to meet on our 1st day. Sheâ€™ll be arriving from Bangkok in the afternoon but we havenâ€™t decided where and when to meet. After I checked the vicinity, I told her to just meet at Jungle Ceylon mall which is one of the main malls here.
I came back to my hotel and checked on my room. Itâ€™s clean and neat with complete amenities.
After my quick shower, with no itinerary for the rest of the afternoon, I ran back to the beach and had my first taste of Patong beach hehe. I rented a beach chair for 100 Baht and bought fresh fruits and fresh fruit juice on the side.
After nearly 4 hours in the beach, I went back to my place to prepare for my meet-up with Carla at 6pm. I asked her to go to JungCeylon not only its near her place, itâ€™s also one of the famous malls in Patong. She was like an hour late but itâ€™s ok as I was strolling around the mall while waiting for her. We had our dinner at one of the Italian restaurants there. Just in time, it started to rain. After our dinner, we walked around the place to see how busy Patong area at night. Since we were both tired from walking, we decided to go back to our place and just meet at night for party.
As I told myself, I wonâ€™t drink alcohol â€˜til NYE, but I failed to do so. On the first night, I went to Banana club and had a few beers. Coincidentally, Mark came with his friends. Good to see you there bro! Funny because the moment I arrived on my place, I told Mark that I was like in the home for the aged! All of them were on their 60â€™s or 70â€™s. As in ALL hehe. No offense-meant but truly, I was the only one a bit young there. Not that I was complaining, it was just a weird feeling. But on the other hand, Mark mentioned that his place was the other way around! It was like a kiddie hotel! funny Hehehe. Anyway, going back to the party, I texted Carla to follow us but she didnâ€™t come. Mark and his friends didnâ€™t stay there for long as they transferred to other bars. I stayed a little while before I transferred to another bar as well.
I partied the whole night â€˜til almost 4am. Drunk but managed to go back to my place in one piece :P Iâ€™ve met many travellers (non-TBers) and had drinks with them, danced with them and with local people as well. It was a nice night to start with.