In December, 2016 my wife Monet and I spent about 2 weeks traveling around and exploring the island of Phuket, Thailand. We had a couple of friends meet us for the last few days on Phuket before leaving for Phi Phi and then on to Chang Mai. Here’s everything we did in Phuket, Thailand.
Also here’s a video that highlights some of the stuff we did in Phuket.
We arrived to the Phuket airport (which is in the northern part of Phuket) late at night and needed a place to crash fast, that’s when we booked this Airbnb. It’s proximity to the airport was the main reason why we chose it and it ended up being great. The location itself is away from the touristy stuff but close to many resort and restaurants. We enjoyed our stay so much that we extended a day so we could go visit the nearby waterfall.
Bang Pae Waterfall
The only waterfall we saw on our entire trip in Thailand! The day we went we decided to drive our scooter and it started dumping rain! Thankfully we had our ponchos and it made it all more fun and exciting levitra prices.
*it costs about 100 batch to get into the park where the waterfall is, nothing big but just so you’re prepared!
Gibbons Rehabilitation Project
Right before you enter the Bang Pae Waterfall there is the Gibbons Rehabilitation Project. It was a bit unsuspecting at first due to a lack of signage and tourists but this ended up being even more fun than the waterfall! We stood and watched in awe at the White Handed Gibbons and their crazy noises! If you don’t know what they sound like watch this! Make sure you see these guys, read all about them, talk to a volunteer about them and leave a donation on your way out if you love them as much as I did!
Old Phuket Town
Old Phuket Town Market
One of the highlights from our trip! Expect live music, cheap local food and lots and lots of vendors selling clothes, jewelry and so much more. We went twice on our trip and both times we walked around for over 2 hours! If you’re an adventurous eater you’ll be in heaven. If not, maybe eat before you go.
This is the best place to see monkeys in Phuket! If you’re looking for some good exercise, park at the base of the hill and walk up. There’s a nice path and workout equipment on the side of the hike. If not, drive to the top of the mountain. The further up you go- the more monkeys! Don’t bring any food or water with you that you aren’t okay with the naughty monkeys taking for themselves. And for heaven’s sake, don’t tease the monkeys with food!
Anda Thai Massage
Thai massage is officially my FAVORITE! Also known as Lazy Man’s Yoga, if you get a well-trained therapist you will leave feeling as loose and limber as a 2-hour yoga sesh! We averaged about 2 massages a week because at about $6 each how could we resist?! We found the ‘chain’ massage parlors like Anda’s a safer alternative to the more local spots which proved to be quite painful and inconsistent. Unless you get a recommendation for a good local spot it may be a better bet to stop into a Kim’s or Anda’s (they’re on just about every main street).
One of my favorite apartments we stayed at during our whole trip was this Airbnb. It was perfect as we were traveling with another couple and there were two separate bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and 2 en suite bathrooms with amazing showers! Ah I wish we would have appreciated this place a little more given the amount of not-so-great places we stayed further into our trip.
A fish pedicure is just something you have to do! My wife was terrified at the thought of it but it ended up being one of the most hilarious things we did in all of Thailand. I wouldn’t say it made our feet feel any softer but it’s worth the $3 just for the experience.
Santosa Wellness Center and Vegan Restaurant
This place was located right next to our Airbnb in Kata and I couldn’t tell you how excited we were to see it when we pulled up. Santosa Wellness Center and Vegan Restaurant had some of the healthy food we’ve ever had. No joke it was amazing. I’ve actually tried to look online to see if they have recipes or a book so I could try to recreate it (no luck). The other couple we were with woke up early one morning and did yoga over looking the Big Buddha statue and said it was amazing (my wife and I are not such morning people or we would’ve joined).
Hock Hoe Lee Coffee
Sometimes in a foreign country you just want a little slice of home every now and again. Hock Hoe Lee Coffee Shop serves up a big western breakfast and some of the best coffee on the island.
Speaking of a slice of home! When an instagram friend messaged my wife and told her there was some amazing mexican food in Rawai, we had to try it! Sala Mexicali is owned by a California native and it really shows. He does mexican food just how we like it, flavorful but leaning on the healthy side.
Chalong Bay Rum Distillery
This was a super fun activity that we decided to do one day. Chalong Bay Distillery is situated between Rawai Beach and Old Town Phuket. When you go there you’re able to sign up to take a small tour of the distillery and learn about the rum making process. Before you start the tour you get one free cocktail and afterwards you do a rum tasting. They have a nice restaurant and bar and the food and drinks are super good.
Yanui Beach Hideaway
This was our favorite place we stayed on Phuket. It’s called Yanui Beach Hideaway and it was the best little beach getaway. It’s situated off the main road between Rawai Beach and Yanui Beach, with Nai Harn Beach being just a bit further down the road. This place has brand new bamboo bungalows that are super good and the staff is incredibly nice. If you like a beach town feel than this is a great spot.
Yanui Beach and Nai Harn Beach
These are two of the best beaches in Phuket. Many of the other beaches in Phuket are very touristy and crazy. Both of these beaches are quiet and laid back, which we like. If you’re looking for a party you won’t find it here, but if you’re looking for some relaxation on the beach, either one of these will work out great for you.
That’s a wrap for our Phuket adventure. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments or if you’ve been to any of these places and what your experience was!