Backpacking Asia: Stop Two – Phuket, Thailand

Backpacking Asia: Stop Two – Phuket, Thailand

After a crazy couple of days since arriving in Bangkok, Thailand we had our first real taste of Thailand. We had spent two days exploring the city seeing temples, visiting markets and had a great time in the city. It was time to get down south and see the famous Thai beaches four ourselves. We could not wait!!

Getting to Phuket

Our first overnight bus whilst backpacking in Thailand took us from Bangkok to Phuket. They called it VIP however VIP seats aren’t as you would imagine! I loved however watching out the window in the early hours seeing the world pass by. You could see Monks walking to temples and the locals opening up shops and stalls at the side of the road… The traffic was crazy, even in the early hours!

 

Made it

Once we arrived on the west coast of Patong in the Kathu district it was easy to hop in a tuk tuk. They are slightly different to the Bangkok version, bright red modified ‘mini trucks’. They are cheap for local travel if there is a few of you but the key is to negotiate price before setting off whether the price is per person or for the group!!

Tuk Tuk riding in Phuket

This area of Phuket is the most famous beach resort popular with the backpacking crowd. So transport can be slightly more expensive than other areas, so bare this in mind!

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Exploring Phuket

We headed to Bangla road in our Tuk Tuk which is the main tourist street. Patong can be chaotic with its neon lights, shows , backpackers and many tourists. We had already checked out some cheap guest houses prior to arriving (I would recommend this so you know what direction to go in when you arrive off your bus/plane/train or half asleep). After walking in the blistering heat to a number of guest houses that were full (we find its cheaper to just turn up than book ahead, you can negotiate price with larger numbers) we ended up staying in Hotel Ginger House which is just off Bengla road..

It is situated close to restaurants and bars (ideal for us during our one night stay) and of course close to the beach!! This was the first place we headed for our first taste of a Thai beach. Patong beach is along bangla road and it certainly doesn’t disappoint! It’s a BEAUTIFUL sandy cove lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. The only downside is it is BUSY!! Tourists, people offering you massages, people selling fruit (amazing but more expensive than the north)

Backpacking stop two Phuket, patong beach

Backpacking stop two Phuket

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Backpacking stop two Phuket

Backpacking stop two Phuket

backpacking stop two Phuket

Backpacking stop two phuket

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Island Life

We spent most of the day in heaven on the beach enjoying the amazing white sands and clear blue water. Wanting to see some more amazing beaches we jumped in a Tuk Tuk over to the sea gypsies.. But when we had arrived they had gone! Not wanting to waste our journey we headed to Nai Harn beach. It Is a beautiful little cove tucked away between grassy hills with small waves and lovely sand. The cove is protected from fishing and boats so it’s a rare peaceful beach to visit without the hustle and bustle. There was a couple of restaurants lining the beach where we grabbed a lovely lunch in paradise. As always, the food is great value for money!

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Backpacking stop two Phuket

Backpacking stop two Phuket

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Want to find out more about Phuket? Follow the link to find out 25 top things to do on the island!


Overall in Phuket we loved the beaches in they were a taster of the Thai beaches to come and enjoyed our one night stay. There is definitely a seedier side to Phuket however.  We were glad the next day when we packed up for our backpacks ready for our first Thai Island…. Koh Phi Phi!!

Ferry to Koh Phi Phi has spectacular views!!

Moving On..

Backpacks packed and ready to head off to enjoy island life. Something you should be aware of when catching Thai transport, times are not accurate, there are often delays and a lot if waiting around. We waited for our transfer to the ferry, then waited to get the ferry, two hours on the ferry (the view just wow). Finally arrived ready for stop three on our backpacking tour. HELLLOOOOOO KOH PHI PHI!!!

 


Coming up next KOH PHI PHI!!!– one of the most famous island in Thailand read about what we go up to in our time on this A-mazing island…


 

Have you been backpacking through Phuket? what were your thoughts on it? What did you get up to in your time there? I would love to know in the comments below!!

Thanks for reading

Bethan

xox

 

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23 Comments

  1. bethan343
    8th August 2016 / 5:40 pm

    Aww Lauren I know it’s such a shame you didn’t make it there. But you will get there my posts can just help you decide where you want to go 🙂 xx

  2. bethan343
    10th August 2016 / 12:52 pm

    It really was Billie!! to pictures really dont do it justice you need to go:)
    I will check out your blog 🙂 xx

  3. 13th August 2016 / 10:18 am

    I haven’t but I know many who have, and they say what you do – that the beaches are amazing, but that it’s very busy! It seems you had a great time though and I love the pics.

  4. bethan343
    13th August 2016 / 10:20 am

    It’s really lovely Sarah! If you research before you go you can find some quieter hidden beaches!!

  5. 14th August 2016 / 8:24 am

    Great photos of the beaches – it seems like you have explored quite a few! As touristy as it is I have always wanted to try tuk tuk!
    Phuket is indeed famous for the nightlife and I think almost everyone who wants a party and going through the country goes there. the food if what I want to try the most if I have to be honest.

  6. 15th August 2016 / 6:24 am

    Phuket has great beaches and exotic resorts that’ s one of my favourite destination to visit.
    Glad you had fun there as well! @ knycx.journeying

  7. 16th August 2016 / 8:28 am

    Looks like you are having the time of your life :). I think Asia might be my next adventure. Good luck for the rest of your trip!
    Cristina

  8. bethan343
    16th August 2016 / 8:36 am

    It is an amazing place! You should definitely think about heading there next! Xx

  9. 16th August 2016 / 9:11 am

    Phuket looks like the perfect place for both beach and party. I would love to sun tan on that beautiful beach and then wait for the sunset. It looks like you can’t run out of things to do in Phuket.

  10. 21st August 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Aww what a nice trip! Your post reminds me how I miss beaches..

  11. bethan343
    21st August 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Awww Thankyou!! Such a nice place isn’t it! The beaches are amazing! Xx

  12. 12th September 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Wow, beautiful landscapes !

  13. 16th September 2016 / 3:51 am

    That last picture of the sunset is absolutely amazing, and as if I didn’t already want to go to Thailand enough! Looks absolutely fabulous and thank you for the ‘like’. Travel safe!

  14. bethan343
    16th September 2016 / 7:18 am

    Thankyou so much Justine! It’s an amazing place you need to come! The sunsets are just incredible!!

  15. bethan343
    22nd November 2016 / 11:39 pm

    Glad you have enjoyed them Sophie!!! I have more coming soon! Are you wow where you planning on going I love SE Asia I can’t wait to go back ❤️
    … by the way Tasmania looks incredible I can’t wait to go there one day also!! Xx

  16. Schnell D
    9th January 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Hello!

    Great post! I was wondering if you could give some more information on the ‘Seedy’ side of Phuket as I’m planning a trip later this year and will be alone!

    Thanks so much, I Love your blog too it’s been really helpful! 😀

  17. bethan343
    9th January 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Thankyou so much! It’s great to get get feedback on my blog as it’s still quite new! ☺️
    Yes sure I just felt everything was a bit more on show there like lady boys, men meeting with young Thai girls, ping pong shows things like that were just more visible than Bangkok! To be fair that was only on the main streets! There are some lovely areas around Phuket where the luxury hotels! You will have a lovely time though it didn’t feel unsafe to me! If you want to know any more please either get in touch via twitter or my email – bethan@wanderlustbee.com
    Bethan xx

  18. 27th January 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Awww, my old stomping ground. Thanks so much for the memories this brings back! Alison, (10000milesandmore & alisonwinward.wordpress.com)

  19. 2nd March 2017 / 10:22 am

    Phuket is my favourite place, especially Patong Beach.
    I have been there 2 times in a row in 2 years. Its an awesome place with beautiful beaches, islands and energetic night life.

  20. 13th June 2017 / 11:56 am

    Glad that you enjoyed Patong – I’ve always avoided it as I hear it’s full of gogo bars? was this true for you?

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