An island getaway : Phuket, Thailand

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ABOUT PHUKET, THAILAND

Timezone : UTC+07:00

Currency: Thai Baht (THB)

Visa: Not required for Malaysian

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GETTING THERE

Went to Phuket by Air Asia. The flight will take you from LCCT Kuala Lumpur to Phuket International Airport.

From Phuket International Airport to Patong Beach (I stayed there), you can take a taxi (around 800 baht per taxi) or a mini van (180 baht per person). Took a mini van since it is still early & the condition of the mini van is good! Air-condition mini van. However you will need to wait until the mini van is full, only then they will make a move. I only waited for less than 30 minutes (make sure you ask how many people have paid for the mini van so that you can expect how long you need to wait). You can see the taxi and mini van in the image below.

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When flying back from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur, there is no airport departure tax.

ACCOMMODATION

Stayed at The Palm Retreat Inn and booked the hotel through Agoda.com. The location of the hotel is quite strategic. It is located opposite Holiday Inn and maybe 2 minutes walk to Hard Rock Hotel. You can get halal food just next to the hotel. To go to Patong beach, it will take around 5 minutes of walking and maybe around 10-15 minutes walk to Jungceylon Mall and Bangla Road. However there are no lift at this hotel. My room was on the highest floor so I need to walk up the stairs. Not a problem though. The room is a big and clean air-conditioned room, they provide free Wifi, complimentary drinking water, mini bar, TV, hot shower, safety deposit box, towel, etc. The staff is quite helpful and friendly especially this one lady but I don’t know her name. I forgot to take photo of the hotel so I use those from their website.

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GETTING AROUND

Since I didn’t really go out from Patong area (except for tour), I just walk. Most of the attraction in Patong are within walking distance. However you may hire a tuk tuk or taxi (you can even hire the taxi driver for a day tour but I am not so sure about the rate), or rent a car or motorcycle.

PATONG

Patong is quite a happening area. The beach, massage center, shopping, food and also the famous ‘Bangla road’.

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TOURS

You can find a lot and loootttts of kiosk providing tour service. Just choose any but make sure to haggle for best price. Booked 4 tours from Fun Infinity Phuket Tour. The lady is very friendly so end up booking all tours from this place.

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  • Fantasea + Buffet Dinner = 1550 Baht (without dinner for 1350 Baht)

For this, you can choose either to include buffet dinner or not. Since the lady charge only 1550 Baht for a package which includes buffet dinner & only 200 Baht more than package without buffet dinner, I chose the one that includes the buffet dinner. If you are a Muslim, you do not have to worry. You can get Halal food at the dining place. When I was there, Halal food was served at Counter B. But please ask around to confirm since they might or might not change. By the way, the food was delicious!! The whole area in FantaSea are beautiful but the show is not as what I expected it to be. A bit dull for me but different people might have different opinion. The package also include return transportation from hotel-FantaSea-hotel.

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  • James Bond island tour = 1000 Baht

A tour that include 2 canoe sessions at James Bond Island and Hong Island, lunch on the boat (Halal food) and swimming (or just relax by the beach) session. Transport from hotel-jetty-hotel included.

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  • Similan Island tour = 1900 Baht

For this tour, return transfer from hotel-jetty-hotel is included. A mini van will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning since it takes around 2 hours+ (from Patong) to reach the jetty. Lunch (Halal) is also included. During this tour, there will be a few stops for a snorkeling session (goggle & life jacket provided). When you reach Similan Island, make sure to go up to the viewing point for a breathtaking view of the island! Just make sure to be careful climbing up & down!

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  • ATV + Elephant trekking tour = 1100 Baht

This tour include return transfer from and back to hotel, elephant ride & ATV. During the ATV session, you will stop by at the viewing point and also Big Buddha.

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SHOPPING

  • Jungceylon: A big shopping mall that carries local and international brand. You can also get souvenirs and massage at the lower level and there’s also Halal food there.

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  • For me, the best shopping would be the shops by the road side. If you want to get cheaper price for t-shirt, magnet, etc., do walk further from Jungceylon Mall going towards Tune Hotel (opposite direction to Hard Rock Cafe). The price at most of the shops there are even cheaper!

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FOOD

When I was there, I can see a lot of restaurants with Halal sign. So if you are a Muslim, you don’t have to worry about food. If you are not confident enough, you can go to Halal restaurant and eat the seafood.

  • Patong Promenade (opposite Jungceylon Mall): there’s a food court upstairs but they sell pork, so not an option for Muslim. However there are a lot of restaurant with Halal sign on the ground floor and rows of stalls selling food. There’s a shops there for shopping!

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  • There’s also a lot of restaurant (including those with Halal sign) along the road. Don’t forget to try our the Pancake Crepe! Quite similar to those selling in Krabi. However here there’s 2 version, either quite similar to roti canai or crepe! And also kebab at Bangla Road going towards the beach is delicious!

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MASSAGE

Don’t forget to go for a massage (I went for a massage everyday!). Tried out several places but I only manage to find one place that really provide good massage. Look out for VIP massage! However after dinner, there will be a lotttt of customer there! VIP massage is located opposite the road of Jungceylon Mall, but a bit further away. Walk towards Tune Hotel or opposite direction of Hard Rock Hotel. When you a reach an area where there are a lot of seafood restaurant, you are almost reaching the place.

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Getaway … Krabi, Thailand

Went to Krabi, Thailand (again) last week. I’ve posted a post on it before so click on the link to read and know more about Krabi 🙂

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https://farahzulkifly.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/island-getaway-krabi-thailand/

Travel Guides

Here are some details which might be useful if you need to travel to these countries 🙂

Malaysia

Capital City: Kuala Lumpur

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM)

Timezone: GMT +8

Language: Malay language, English, Chinese, Tamil

Electricity: 220 – 240 Volt

 

China

Capital City: Beijing

Currency: Renminbi (RMB, ¥)

Timezone: GMT +8

Language: Mandarin (official) & countless regional dialects

Electricity: 220V/50Hz

 

Indonesia

Capital City: Jakarta

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Timezone: GMT +7 through GMT +9

Language: Indonesia (official) & countless regional languages

Electricity: 220V 50Hz

 

Thailand

Capital City: Bangkok

Currency: Thai Baht (THB)

Timezone: GMT +7

Language: Thai, English

Electricity: 220V 50Hz

SNEAK PREVIEW – Bali Getaway

Learn to play RINDIK or BAMBOO MUSIC when I was in Bali. Please excuse me if it doesn’t really sounds nice. First time playing. Anyhow … I’m just playing the base for beginners 😛

For complete post on my travel to Bali, click on the link:

https://farahzulkifly.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/my-first-solo-getaway-bali-indonesia/

Island Getaway – Pulau Langkawi

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ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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THE TRIP

Last year, went to Pulau Langkawi. Pulau Langkawi or Langkawi Island (pulau means island) is located in the state of Kedah. It is a well known island to Malaysians for its beautiful beaches and islands, as well as the DUTY FREE ZONE!! It is a heaven for chocolate addict like me since the chocolate there are soooooooooooo cheap!! Chocolate, tobacco and liquor there are the main attraction but do keep in mind that there is a certain quota for tobacco and liquor that you can bring out of the island. NO QUOTA FOR CHOCOLATES! HURRAH for that! 😀

 

GETTING THERE

The easiest way to go to Pulau Langkawi is by flight. There’s plenty of direct flight from various places either within Malaysia or outside. Just look for Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines System or Fireflyz. Pulau Langkawi is also accessible via boat. Just hop onto Langkawi ferry or a boat from Telaga Harbour (from Langkawi, you can go to Koh Lipe Thailand)

THINGS TO DO

  • Island Hopping: Tours for island hopping can be arrange either from a tour agency or at a hotel (depending whether they provide the service or not). Went for island hopping to Beras Basah Beach (beras means rice and basah means wet), eagle feeding and Pulau Dayang Bunting (which looks like a pregnant lady lying down). If you realize there’s a lot of people at the beach, those people would be me and my colleagues! 😀

  • Go-kart: Go-karting at Morac International Karting. Adrenaline Rush!! LOVE IT!

  • Cable Car Ride and Hanging Bridge: Ride the cable car to the top of Gunung Mat Chinchang and walk across the 700m high Sky Bridge for a spectacular view of the islands and Thailand.

     

  • There are many more that can be done there. Just click on the link provided towards the end of this post

FOOD

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