Day 1 - Arrival on Patong Beach
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I live in a city filled with high rise buildings and high human traffic and where the only forms of play I know are the futuristic shopping malls, artificial beaches and regulated nightlife. So when my boyfriend, who was separated from me by a few thousand miles for the last 6 months, suggested that I clear my 3 days off-in-lieu by meeting up with him in nearby Phuket for a romantic getaway (since it was low season and rates were further pushed down because of the civil unrest in Bangkok), I leaped for joy because I have never been.
We flew by Jetstar and arrived at 10.30 p.m on the first night. We had a free transfer by J.C Tour. back to our hotel at Royal Phawadee Village. They even send me a follow-up email after tour to solicit our feedback.
My choice of accommodation was based on several things:
- Close to where all the happenings are (Patong Beach, Rat-U-Thit for all the restaurants, Bangla Road for the nightlife & Jungceylon Mall)
- Beautiful ambiance/Traditional Thai Resort Style
- Breath-taking views
- Comfortable Bed
- Includes buffet breakfast
- Below 70 USD a night
- Free Wi-Fi and Computers
You can read my full review here:
I wanted to spend all my energy enjoying Phuket and not fuss about transfers or worry about getting ripped off by the infamous taxi drivers, so I wanted to find a tour that took care of everything. I was about to book all my tours on Phuket.com when I decided to consult my friend first, and he said JC Tour offered much better deals. True enough they did. I paid around $300 USD for all of the following:
- Roundtrip transfer from airport to hotel and vice versa
- Phi Phi Island By Speedboat
- Phuket Fantasea
- ATV + Elephant Trekking + Whitewater Rafting + Monkey and Elephant Show + Rubber Plantation Demonstration
- 2.5 Hours at Tarn Tara Spa
- Free Dinner at Phang Pong Seafood Restaurant
- James Bond Island (Where the awesome tour guide lead us away from the pack and brought us to a private beach! Sigh, this is what dreams are made of I'm telling ya.)
- Simon Cabaret
Stay tuned as chronicle my short but intense adventure at this island of smiles in the next few blog entries!