Finally arriving at Phuket international airport

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It's about an hour and half flight from KL to Phuket, all flight attendants are male and they wear the red hat for the Xmas. I don't know if they're Malaysian or Thai. The plane is small, and the flight attendants just sit with passengers. Interesting thing I found during the whole flight, there's no announcement in Thai. I thought they would have destination country's language announcement. My pre-order flight meal Nasi Lemak tastes awful. Thinking about soon I can eat yummy food in Thailand, I couldn't care less. Approaching the airport, I can see amazing endless ocean and mountains at background. At least here in Phuket airport, they provide transfer shuttle bus to the terminal, so you don't have to walk much.

Jungceylon shopping mall

Following the crowds I walked to the custom area. Having absolutely no idea what the procedure is, I went to the visa window, thought I might need to fill some forms. The lady at the other side of the window and I looked at each other for a second. She was full of surprise and I was totally blank. Then she broke the peace and said: "Australian passport don't need a visa." and pointed towards the queue to the custom desk. Oh I see, I walked to the queue, lots of Korean and Chinese tourists in my queue. The other queues were full of westerners.

It took a while to go through the busy custom but without any drama. Then I went to exchange some money. Soon people approaching me trying to sell me tour package. I searched internet before I left where people said exchange money in Thailand you get better rate than in Oz.

Jungceylon shopping mall
 But I wasn't sure if they charge any fee. Some people said there's not much difference to change money at airport compare to the area along the beach. But later I found there's a big difference, consider 7Baht you can buy a bottle of water in the supermarket.  I wasn't sure if the exchange rate booth along the beach open on Xmas day, so I changed some money at the airport just in case. I brought all those different currencies that I left during last few trips from different countries, and changed them all to THB. Then I paid for a van to Patong beach, cost me 150Bht. I knew they won't leave until the van was fully filled. I didn't wait long due to I spent some time for money exchange before heading out, and the van was almost full.
Jungceylon shopping mall

About 10min drive, it stopped at a tour office like place. I figured this was the "ticket checking" or "tour package selling" thing people were talking about. A dude approached the van and asked everyone get off for ticket checking. Some people were astoned with the hijacking and refused to get off, they're keeping argue with the dude. I jumped out and walked inside the office, a girl asked if I have booked my accommodation and the name of my hotel. Then she tried to sell me some speedboat package deal, but wasn't very pushy when I showed no interest. Then it took a while for the dude to ring up those hotels for people in the van and to confirm the address. Only mine and another guy's hotel had people answered phone. The other passengers just agreed with them to be dropped off somewhere along the beach street due to no one at their booked hostel answering the phone.

night show@Jungceylon shopping mall

Finally the van started off again, no dramas along the rest of the roadtrip. I was so tired, took a nap in the van. When I woke up, saw all those motor bikes beside us rushing through the winding mountain road.

I checked in with my booked hotel and paid key deposit, but the guy at the hotel bar told me the previous girl didn't return the key yet and it was almost 4pm. He told me that I can get in my room, but had to wait for the key till the girl get back, and he had no idea what time she'd be back. I was like are you serious? That's really inconvenient to me. Oh well, what else can I do? I was a bit tired, so I followed his guide to my room, said hello to my Aussie roommate Will and started to unpack my stuff. Hopefully the girl with the key will come back soon.

Jungceylon @ night time
 Lucky about 1 hour, they returned and handled over the key to me. The american girl packed her stuff and changed to another room. I guess she must really enjoy her holiday here, forget about her check-out and re-check in time. We had a brief conversation while she was packing. I asked if she liked here. To my surprise, she said no. She said because a lots of girls have to do the postitution for living, it's really sad. But later I found she seemed really enjoying hanging out with different guys in the hotel everyday. Previously I was not sure if 8 nights staying here in Patong is too long, as most people usually stayed 3-4days and would move to Bangkok or Chiang Mai, or cruised to stay at other island.
Watching break dance at the entrance of Jungceylon
But later I felt here in Patong, it's always full of things to do and you'll never get bored. You don't have to do those things if you found they're too much for you. Maybe some people are sick of those Tuktuk/taxi driver every 5 steps trying to get some business, or some massage parlor girls' aggressive approach especially if you're a caucasian, or those young girls trying to sell you flowers when you're enjoying your meal at restaurant. For me, an Asian female appearance, I didn't get much hassle except a few insistent Taxi drivers. I found it wasn't very hard to just ignore them.

Chritmas night, I didn't do much, just walking around to farmiliarise myself with the city. I cannot see any big English street sign. Most words are in Thai, only those commercial ads have English writing. This place is full of western tourists. I found the population of westerners overtake the local Thai. Although some of them may be living here teaching English or Scuba diving. Lots of restaurant menus are in Russian, Greek, German and English. Some clubs have Japanese and Chinese signs.

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Jungceylon shopping mall
Jungceylon shopping mall
Jungceylon shopping mall
Jungceylon shopping mall
Jungceylon shopping mall
Jungceylon shopping mall
night show@Jungceylon shopping mall
night show@Jungceylon shopping mall
Jungceylon @ night time
Jungceylon @ night time
Watching break dance at the entran…
Watching break dance at the entra…
Jungceylon shopping mall
Jungceylon shopping mall
Jungceylon shopping mall
Jungceylon shopping mall
Jungceylon @ night time
Jungceylon @ night time
Crazy Bangla road
Crazy Bangla road
Heaps of seafood restaurant along …
Heaps of seafood restaurant along…
People are enjoy their meal.
People are enjoy their meal.
Crazy Bangla road, night time no c…
Crazy Bangla road, night time no …
Promotion for Muay Thai@Bangla Box…
Promotion for Muay Thai@Bangla Bo…
Dancing girl@Bangla road
Dancing girl@Bangla road
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