Leaving Chiang Mai was disappointing but we still had so much left of our trip and so many amazing things to see and experience. As beautiful as Chiang Mai was, it was a different kind of beauty than Phuket and the Koh Phi Phi Islands. They were quite easily some of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen with my own eyes. I’ve been all over the US, to every Island of Hawaii, all over Mexico, through parts of South America, and nowhere that I have been has been as beautiful as Phuket and the Koh Phi Phi Islands. They were beyond magnificent.
We landed after an hour and a half flight in Phuket, grabbed our luggage, and took a taxi for an hour down congested roads until we made it into Patong Beach where we were staying. Once at our hotel (Lotus Hotel Patong*) we made our way down to Bangla Road; a street utterly packed with bars, lady boys, and ping pong shows. It was absolutely mind-boggling. Every direction you looked was something grabbing your attention. It was rather overwhelming at first, but we made it down Bangla Road and to the beach where we grabbed some of the best pizza that I’ve ever had at this little beach front restaurant called “The Place“.
We ate our fill of pizza, drank a few more Chang and then made our way back down to Bangla Road to see what trouble we could get into. We found ourselves at this little bar called “The Sunset Bar” and proceeded to drink Chang and shots of Thai whiskey until we were stumbling back to our hotel around 4:00am.
The next morning, waking up rather hungover, we hoped in a taxi around 8:30am and headed to the docks in Phuket Town to catch a ferry to Koh Phi Phi. Once at the docks we waited another 45 minutes or so before boarded the ferry. The boat was relatively fast but the water was extremely choppy that morning which made for a rather rough ride. Around 9:30am we began to see the islands. It was a scene out of a movie, another world. The islands featured sheer cliffs that plummeted straight into the ocean and thick brush on the top. The beaches that were visible were perfectly pristine with white sand and crystal clear water. It was outstanding and a sight that I will have to see again.
By 10am we were off the ferry and walking around Koh Phi Phi Don trying to find lunch. That’s when we stumbled upon “The Lemon Cafe“. The Massaman Curry was outstanding and the view was absolutely gorgeous. After lunch we walked down towards some little shops, looked around for about 30 minutes or so, and then headed to Tonsai Bay Beach for some relaxing in the sun. Luckily, there was a little shack selling beers and snacks so we grabbed ourselves some Changs and settled into the perfectly white sand. It was epic-ly beautiful and so relaxing. I could have stayed there forever.
At the end of the day we hopped on a ferry back to Phuket, made it back to Patong Beach, and returned to our new friends at The Sunset Bar for some more of that delicious thai whiskey before returning to our hotel for the night. The next morning, our last day in Phuket, we decided to hit the beach for the day and nurse our hangovers with some more Chang beers under the shade of palm trees. Midday we realized we were getting hungry again, grabbed some more of the delicious pizza from The Place, and returned to the beach until the sun went down and we went back to our hotel for the night. The next morning we were up early for a ride to the airport to leave Thailand and venture into Cambodia for the next leg of our adventure.
*Lotus Hotel Patong. 188/11-12 Phang Muang Sai Kor, Patong, TH +66-76-366846