Phuket: An Episode of Sleeping & Eating

 

Heading to a beach hotel.

This is the first planned holiday which we booked last year and I couldn’t wait to head to the beach! Yeay! We woke up at 430am to take the first flight out to Phuket and when we finally arrived it was time for some good breakfast. The journey of sleeping began as soon as we buckled ourselves to the plane and it followed through when we transferred from the airport to our hotel (which took 45 minutes!). I didn’t get a chance to see any scenery but woke up to the sound chattering amongst my two friend and the local taxi driver who tried his best to understand and communicate with us.

Since I didn’t manage to get the full side of Phuket, I thought I’d make it up when we reached the hotel but lo and behold the place looked so much relaxed that I felt like sleeping a little bit more  (we all know sleep is important). This hotel Nap Patong is located about less than 5 minutes from the beach. I think it’s new because the taxi driver couldn’t locate it and he had to call a few people to pin down the location but we made it anyhow.

See what I mean! Nice beds for us to bunk in and pretty posh for the affordable priced we paid for. There’s a weighing machine in the bathroom which comes together with beach slippers. So you go eat and then you weigh yourself, and then you go to the beach and then you come back, eat, and weigh yourself again. It’s a vicious cycle I know but those are the things you want to enjoy when you head to the beach anyways. The view from the 5th floor. Now in case of any tsunami action, we would be alright on this floor or we would go up to the rooftop for safety measures. That was the first thing we did , scout for emergency exits and doors. Love this view which overlooks a nearby temple and beach.

Gorgeous rooms with a view of the swimming pool from the 5th floor.

Gorgeous rooms with a view of the swimming pool from the 5th floor.

A walk from the hotel, heading out to the beach.

After settling into the hotel, we took a walk down the beach and saw this signage which was placed almost everywhere we went. Due to the tsunami disaster, everyone has to be prepared for an emergency situation. Apparently this leads to somewhere uphill but we didn’t follow the signs to find out the exact location though.

The hotel is only 3 minutes away from the stretch of Pathong beach and we were greeted by colourful umbrellas protecting the sunworshippers. I mean sunbathers. Yellows were followed by greens followed by blues.. it was such a rainbow happy area. The best thing about the beaches here is that they know what the tourists need and so there’s a snack bar nearby, drinks stall and even a massage hut for those with tired feet. In fact, you could even have the whole body massaged while you stare at the wispy waves. Made me sleepy just thinking about it.

Beaching in Phuket under the yellow umbrella.

Beaching in Phuket under the yellow umbrella.

...or under the green ones.

…or under the green ones.

Visiting the old town of Phuket.

It was a little bit expensive here in Phuket and this included the taxi rides to food and souveniers. When it came to this we had to be pretty careful as to not burst our budget. There were quite a few quaint & cute little cafes modern and old in Old Town and it was just convenient for us to get some cool drinks while walking under the hot weather.
The walk in town turned out to be a fascinating one with a blast-of-the-past pillars, doors, enchanting windows and old aged furniture. It made me feel like I was apart of history. Either that or it felt like I was in Kajang sans 20 years ago, which made me think of my childhood moments. I love this little shop with the old trunk perched nicely on top of a small table with postcards of Phuket, lovely beaches in Phuket that is. Suitcases always reminds me or airplanes and airplanes always reminds me of traveling and traveling makes me happy.
Walking around Old Krabi admiring the vintage designs.

Walking around Old Krabi admiring the vintage designs.

Just chilling in Phuket.

Just chilling in Phuket.

 Eating in Phuket.

What would Thailand be without it’s local food? The minute we got here, all we wanted was the original Tom Yam and loads of spicy food which gurgled in our tummies happily. Thank goodness our tummies were built for this and much training was done eating nasi lemak, curry mee and assam laksa back home.

Spicy tomyam to warm the tummy!

Spicy tomyam to warm the tummy!

When in Thailand, eat as much local food as you can from breakfast to dinner time.

When in Thailand, eat as much local food as you can from breakfast to dinner time.

Watching a cabaret show at night.

After a round of hearty, spicy food, we went to Simon’s Cabaret to watch a performance by the ‘lady boys’ who really did look like better ladies than us! To catch this show, you could either get the package online or through the hotel but I’d recommend that you book it earlier because it seems quite packed! It certainly was the most entertaining night I’ve had what with various songs performed & different dance moves ranging from Thai to Korean to Western. I wish I had the same courage to perform in public! He he. However if you’ve been to one performance such as this, it’s the more or less the same performance everywhere else. The only difference are the costumes of course. Here’s to a good night in Phuket where everything is as colourful as its people. Good night!
Watching a cabaret show to end the night.

Watching a cabaret show to end the night.

 

Location Information:
Address: The Nap Patong. 5/55, Hadd Patong Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand | Price: RM230 / $65 per night onwards | Check Room Rates & Availability: The Nap Patong |

 

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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