Sunday, September 28, 2014

Exploring Sea Caves & Hidden Lagoons In Phuket

Phuket is cut out for beach lovers, and is less populated by tourists compared to Pattaya. Phuket offers beautiful beaches, mesmerizing island tours, & plenty of adrenaline pumping activities. Take a couple of days to soak in the sun, enjoy turquoise blue waters and white sandy beaches. There are numerous tour operators offering multiple tours, however, we recommend Phuket Travel Company. Their service is outstanding & flawless.

The highlight of our trip to Phuket was taking John Gray's Sea Canoe excursion - where one gets to experience the stunning beauty of the ocean, explore sea caves and hidden lagoons by kayak during the day and at night. We learnt how to make flower kratong and got back to the caves after sunset and offered them to the sea god, a custom followed by Thai people. (Yes, we picked the kratong back from the sea!) The best part of this trip is the natural light emitted by the bio-luminescent organism in the lagoon, making it a romantic and unique experience. It is an adventure one can't simply put down in words.

The most sought after tours being the Phi Phi & James Bond Island trip is thronged by tourists. No doubt the place is stunning & picturesque, however, the sheer volume of tourist activity here takes the crux out of the trip. One can reach the island either by speed or long tail boat. Snorkeling at monkey bay is stellar, the marine life gives you a feel of being on the sets of Finding Nemo. The ocean world that is so less explored leaves you in awe with its abundant marine life.

One thing that you should definitely not miss while in Phuket is the Simon Cabaret Show. The transgender community perform a stellar show that will be etched in your memory for a long time. The glamorous costumes, extravagant sets, pretty dance moves, good music and an option to click pics with them adds more beauty to the experience.

Bangla Road: Gets alive and electrifying after 10pm, dotted with pubs & bars it is a different world in itself. Party goes on throughout the night. There are lots of street artists entertaining the tourists.

 Patong beach area is the perfect place to stay, one can enjoy the beach couple of yards away, Bangla road is at walk-able distance, plenty of restaurants around.Do not miss out on the weekend fair at the beach- You can experience live bands playing music, street food, street shopping and much more.

While in Thailand, definitely try out on the ice cold tender coconuts and different varieties of pancakes.

During our stay in Phuket we checked into 'Holiday Inn Express' The property is only a few minutes away from Patong beach. There are plenty of restaurants and spas around. Bangla road is at walkable distance. Almost all tour operators provide free pick up and drop from the hotel. Service standards and rooms are pretty good. Free WiFi is a plus.

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