Maya Beach

Maya Beach

“I’m moving, I’m coming
Can you hear, what I hear
It’s calling you my dear
Out of reach
(Take me to my beach)
I can hear it, calling you
I’m coming not drowning
Swimming closer to you”
–Pure Shores, All Saints

We landed 20 minutes late at Phuket international Airport due to heavy rains. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, approximately the size of Singapore. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by a bridge. Neighboring provinces are(from north clockwise) Phang Nga and Krabi, but as  Phuket is  an island there are no land boundaries.

The weather was glum and its look as though a typhoon was in the area and will stay for the rest of the weekend. We stayed at Royal Paradise Hotel; we ate seafood for dinner outside and roam around Patong for the rest of the night. After seeing a lot of beer houses and bars that played 80’s rock music we ended up lounging at the hotel lobby before getting shut eye.

Phuk*rs @ speed boat

Phuk*rs @ speed boat

The next morning, we arranged an island tour. We rode a speed boat together with a number of people for the island hopping.  The weather condition is suffering from bi-polar disease, sun coming, sun hiding, rain pouring while the speedboat traveling at faster speeds than ordinary ferry. The bumpy ride as the vessel travels across the waves at high speed caused nausea and vomiting for most of us. The first stop was at the Maya Beach located at Phi Phi Leh Island, belonging to Krabi province – A must see in Phuket because this is where they shot the movie ‘The Beach’ (1999) starring Leonardo Di Carpio. The stunning beautiful bay surrounded by steep limestone hills that rises vertically out of the crystal clear emerald green water was really an awesome sight that you’ll just pat your back and thanked God for bringing yourself there alive to witness the view.  The sands are as fine as a milk powder and the shallow water are just as clear.

monkey beach

monkey beach

We also went to Monkey Island, passed thru pirate’s bay while sightseeing for fishes that you can only see at seafood bistro’s aquariums. Lastly, we arrived at Phi Phi Don,  located at Ko Phi Phi. The island is for leisure swimming and snorkeling amongst the coral. We relaxed on the white sand beaches, soaked up the sunshine and later part of the hour, rain shower of course.

The trip was well organized and the tour guides was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. The scenery was spectacular and  all in all, it was a fantastic day out. It was worth the trip, it was worth getting sea sick, or worth getting stung by the sea urchin while snorkeling. Well, I need to ask my friend for the sea urchin part. Going back to Patong after whole day in the sea we had dinner and whole body massage for a whopping 300 BAHT for 60 minutes – we’re such lucky b*tch*s we can never get that price from where we came from.

me

T'was me!

The morning of our 3rd day vacation were spent in Patong beach this is where the main tourist resort in Phuket are located. It’s amazing to see how far they have come from the destruction of December 26, 2004 –where Patong was one of the worst affected areas of Phuket that struck by a tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The killer wave claimed a lot of lives and caused a great deal of chaos to the beach waterfront and inland. Although the weather was gloomy there was no rain. The sand was fine but the water was not that clear maybe due to the heavy rains at night. The highlight of the morning was the parasailing. It was the closest I can get from flying – It was all good stuff…Life’s a beach!

sPHUKETs

The tsunami aftermath created a lot of ghost stories for Phuket. The most famous and now becoming an urban legend was one taxi driver picks up some foreign tourists who ask to go to the airport. They negotiate a price and get in the cab. After a few moments the taxi driver looks in the back seat and there is no one there

 One friend’s experience that went there before us was.

On the 2nd floor of a hotel he saw a girl in a pajama went inside the lift and closes the elevator door quickly. Pissed at the girl’s rudeness for not waiting for him, he hurriedly took the stairs and saw that the elevator door opened from the floor where he’d been but it was empty.

Along Patong beach wanting to buy a wishing lantern he asked the guy next to him how the lantern works. The vendor talked to him and asked him who he is talking to. He bluntly said ‘I was asking him about the lantern’ pointing at the guy next to him but there’s no one there. The vendor said ‘there’s nobody there, it was just the two of us’.  

The scary part of our trip was the speed boat who wants to throw us out to the sea because of the waves and being stung by the sea urchin apart from that we just wondered amongst ourselves whether random people roaming in our midst are real or not. So I guess,  no sPHUKET for us.

 Notes:

Sea urchins or urchins are small, spiny, globular animals it inject a small amount of venom when stinging, but the amount is negligible to cause any serious injury if you are only stung by one urchin. The best thing to do is to pee on the wounded area. Some people think it works better than vinegar. As for my friend’s experience ice ease the pain and vinegar works as well.

Mcdonalds @ Phuket

Mcdonalds @ Phuket

Only in Phuket -Ronald McDonalds not waving his hand nor seated on a bench waving his hand. He is doing a sawadikap The Thai greeting referred to as the wai where head a slight bow, with the palms pressed together in a prayer-like fashion.

On the day of the flight, I woke up in the middle of the night. I can’t go back to sleep so opened the TV and what do you know Star movies were showing ‘The Beach’. Well, that kept me awake for a few more hours.

 *Phuket, Thailand – August 28- 30 2009

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Comments
  1. the brOwn_oNe says:

    sawadikaa..
    ooh yeahh…great experience..awesome beaches..superb massage and most of all..scrumptious TOM YUM!!! ;))

  2. the disapproving sister says:

    i was amazed with ronald mc donalds doing the sawadikaa. hehe.. great experience.. good thing, we didnt have any spooky encounters!

  3. umleo23 says:

    Ang sarap! Sana ako rin makapunta jan!!! Wag lang makita yung mga bangkay sa dagat! WAHHHH

  4. r.a.m.i.l. says:

    ’twas truly amazing thailand…
    an exquisite experience that u can imagine…
    crystal clear water, fine white sand, superb nature sceneries, a countless spooky stories and number of personal experiences.
    thank god for authentic tom yum soup, papaya pok pok…

    sad thing is… i wont come back here again.. probably wont stop scouting a new getaway destinitions in Thailand.

    khapun kap!

  5. Zara says:

    hello,
    we enjoyed our stayed in Phuket, patong also.
    good luck and have nice day!

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