We went to Thailand for our honeymoon. We went in August which is during their wet season; the temperature was still mid 30’s. We spent 3 days in Bangkok followed by days in Phuket. The two places were contrastingly different. As they were so different, I’m going to break the holiday up into two posts, this one is all about Phuket!
Phuket was a completely different atmosphere to Bangkok. It was calm and relaxing and completely wonderful. We stayed in Karon, on the west side of the island. It was a small place made up of mainly hotels, pubs, restaurants and stalls. It had a nice beach which was a bit rough to swim in but roughly 15-25 minute walk down the road was Kata beach which was a lot calmer.
James Bond Island Tour
We booked this through Two Sea Tour Company and I cannot recommend them enough. We left the harbour at 5:30am to miss all the traffic and the tour groups. There were only 8 people in our tour group so it was very inimate and two people are in a kayak at a time. We didn’t see anyone at our first two stops, and saw the hoard of people at them as we sailed past them on our way back. The first stop is Panak Island, where you canoe through the caves into the lagoons. They are so peaceful and beautiful, it is incredible scenery and wonderful to hear all the noises of the animals around you. It was definitely my favourite part of the day. Next is the beautiful Hong island where there are more beautiful caves and animals. The third stop is James Bond island famous for being a film location for The Man with the Golden Gun. We then ate an incredible, freshly made, 7 course thai meal as we sailed to a beach. The food included thai green curry, spicy fish and things wrapped in banana leaves. It was one of the best meals we ate our entire time out there! Whilst on the tour they took photos which were all made available to us for free, they would also purposely row us to a certain spot to take photos of us using our own cameras as well as theirs. On top of that, they gave us a tote bag and a really good waterproof bag for free! I could not recommend them enough!
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
This was by far the best experience I had! Most of the elephants in the sanctuary are rescued, they are a strictly no riding sanctuary. We chose to do the whole day experience but the half day tour would have been enough. We arrive and fed the elephants bananas. Then we went on a trek with 3 of them (including the mum and the baby) through the jungle, this was a lot harder than I was expecting. We got them some banana leaves and we also found some jack fruit which we ate. We then had a bit of time on the beach. Some of the group went to cut down some bamboo for the elephants whilst I chose to return and feed the elephants again with the afternoon group. Then we gave the elephants a mud bath (although, I think it might be more apt to say the elephants gave US a mud bath) and then washed them off in the water. I had a grin of sheer joy on my face for most of the day. They took photos throughout the day which were made available for free on facebook. Again, I could not recommend this experience enough, it’s a definitely must! Book here.
Tour of the Island
We booked a half day tour through Tour East Thailand – this was OK. We went to Karon Viewpoint where you can see 3 beaches, Promthep cape, we visited Wat Chalong (this was the best bit), a cashew factory, drove through Patong and then finished in a Gem factory (which I really disliked). For me, the Gem factory really ruined the whole tour. Up until then we had a pleasant time, we saw parts of the island we wouldn’t have been able to get to by ourselves and the guide was well informed (if a bit racist). We were followed the entire way around the gem factory, with the person trying to get us to buy things that were way out of our price range and not letting us look at anything on our own.
This was a must. How can you go to Thailand and not have a Thai massage? My Mr had never had a massage before so was relived to find out it was clothes on. They pull, put pressure on parts and twist your body into weird yoga-esk poses. It was wonderful
Dinosaur Mini Golf
This was really cool. It was, as it said, dinosaur themed mini golf. You had to jump over the river and go through a volcano, surrounded by trees and dinosaur replicas. It was a really fun hour or so. Next door was a restaurant attached and the waiters wore Flintstones-esk costumes and they had Fred and Wilma on the toilet doors!
Things we missed but sounded interesting:
- Phi Phi Island tour – I would have loved to have gone but my Mr isn’t a confident swimmer so wouldn’t have enjoyed the diving elements and on the days we were there, the sea was too rough and lots of the tours were cancelled.
- Big Buddha – We could see it from where we were staying but it was about a 2 hour walk and we weren’t up for that!
Have you been to Thailand?
What would you love to see/do?