My kids were looking forward to this trip because the highlight of this trip was island hopping and lots of snorkeling (and football for my husband) and they’ve not done it before. Oh!!! If they only knew that I went to the nearby islands at Kota Kinabalu and snorkeled every weekend. But that was at Kota Kinabalu then. Life at KK and in KL is different. The nearest beach is at least an hour away from where we are in KL.
So we went to Phuket and stayed there for 3 nights because the hubby participated in a football tournament for 2 days at Thanyapura. After that we took the ferry and headed to Phi Phi Don for another 3 nights.
Let me share our holiday with you via photos.
When we arrived at Phuket, we were picked up in this funky van. It had comfortable seats and best of all, the ceiling was all done up. I mean check it out!
Funky or what?
We stayed at R Mar Hotel at Patong. It’s a decent hotel located 10-min walk away from Patong Beach. It is situated at a very convenient location. As you walk out of the hotel, there are lots of cheap eateries, stalls selling
useless souvenirs and convenient stores (7-eleven, Family Mart etc). Jungceylon Mall is also within walking distance.
Fish spa! It was Aidan’s first time going for to a fish spa. Even I have not tried it yet. Ashley chickened out of this one. Frankly, I don’t dare to try this out as well. But according to Aidan, he felt tickled when all the fish started nibbling his legs.
Snacks anyone? A guy was selling all these on his scooter. They are basically deep fried bugs. The locals crowded round the guy and nonchalantly picked out what they wanted as dessert. Ewwww!
On day one of the football tournament, the girls and I decided to play tourist around Phuket while Aidan joined his dad at the Thanyapura for the football tournament.
Our first destination was Wat Chalong. Frankly I wasn’t too keen to visit it but because we were with another family, we obliged. After all, we didn’t really have an itinerary planned. I was ready to just roam the streets of Patong and do a spot of shopping at Jungceylon.
The weather was very forgiving. It was gloomy, cool and drizzled abit – but nothing too inconvenient for us.
Fire crackers are burned in this furnace to ward off evil spirits. It did catch us off guard and startled us several times.
Next, we headed to Methee Phuket – a cashew nut factory. I didn’t know the nuts are painstakingly extracted one by one. It is so labor intensive! We walked round the place, sampled different flavors of cashew nuts, bought some and then headed to
Our 3rd destination of the day was this elephant place. The moment I paid 1300 bath for the 3 of us and stepped foot into this place, I regretted it. The elephants were chained by the foot. They were only 3 and 7 yo if I am not wrong but they looked sad. Even Ashley wasn’t comfortable being a spectator. These elephants should be roaming in the wild instead of being made to perform tricks and what not.
For lunch, we headed to a hill top restaurant. I can’t remember the name of the restaurant! I posted it on my Insta stories but the story is only available for 24hrs before it is deleted! So there you go! I forgot the name of the restaurant! The food was great though and so reasonably priced. There were 2 adults, 2 tweens and 2 toddlers. We ordered about 8 dishes and it came up to 1500 baht only. Score! And, their restrooms took me aback because of the zen-like environment. You get to relieve yourself with a nice peaceful view of nature.
See? Nice right???
On day two, we spent the whole day at the football field at Thanyapura.
It was a lonnnnng day. AK was a trooper. She didn’t complain at all on that day. To celebrate the team’s victory in one of the categories, we had a sumptous meal at a thai restaurant. ( I don’t know the name of the restaurant but if you check my instagram, there is a location tag there…in thai)
Tom yam, tom yam and MORE tom yam.
Food was fantastic.
In the middle of the night, I woke up and had a bad tummy ache and had diarrhea.
Aidan woke up shortly and relieved himself in the loo.
Then little did we know, the whole team had a bad tummy that night!
Oh what a night!
On day three, we woke up early in the morning and headed to Rassada Pier to catch a ferry to Phi Phi Don.
Our journey to Phi Phi Don (Laem Tong Bay) took us 3 hours. Laem Tong Bay is located at the north eastern side part of Phi Phi Don. It’s a much quieter bay compared to Tonsai Bay.
When we arrived at Laem Tong Bay, we had to jump into a Long Tail Boat to get to the shore. Holiday Inn then picked us up and brought us to the hotel which was less than 5 minutes away.
Unfortunately, it was not as sunny as we wanted it to be. It was raining the day before we arrived so we were blessed to not have rain on the day we arrived. We wasted no time upon arrival. We had a quick lunch and took a Long Tail boat to Nui Bay and Lana Bay for snorkeling. As divers, hubby and I were not impressed with the corals cause we’ve seen nicer ones (ahem..action). But for the kids, they loved it. They loved the experience.
The thrill of jumping off the boat into the sea. Into the unknown.
The thrill of exploring the underwater life.
On the first night at Phi Phi island, we decided to have dinner outside the hotel at a nearby restaurant. We had dinner by the beach. Food was great. Ambience was great. Our toes dipped into the sand while we devoured our dinner. But by the second night at Phi Phi island, we figured out that meals at the hotel were much cheaper because kids below 12 yo eat for free!
We took hired a Long Tail boat and went to Maya Bay, Loh Sama Bay and Pileh Bay. It took us about 45 minutes to reach Maya Bay from Laem Tong Bay. Maya Bay is where the movie, The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio was filmed. Because of that, the beach was filled with tourists!
The beach was packed!
And if you’re ever self conscious about doing a selfie of all sorts, well, fret not because everyone on the beach were doing Victoria Secret poses for their selfies and wefies.
After spending about an hour at Maya Bay, we headed to Loh Sama Bay and Pileh Bay for snorkeling.
We spent about 4 hours out in the sea. Thank God none of the kids were sea sick. They were indeed super troopers!
It was a rainy day. We wanted to head out to Bamboo island first thing in the morning but we were advised to wait it out. It was a bit depressing being on an island with gloomy weather. But the weather didn’t get to the kids. They swam in the hotel pool (yes, in the rain) and had fun nonetheless. Later that morning, we hired a Long Tail boat (1000 baht) and the boat man brought us to Bamboo Island. Shortly after we arrived at the island, it rained. So our trip to Bamboo Island was cut short but the kids had fun anyways.
It was time for us to bid adieu to Phi Phi island. It rained heavily in the morning. The waves were rough. We couldn’t get ourselves onto the Long Tail boat which would bring us to the ferry. So we ended up taking a speedboat to Tonsai Bay and boarded the ferry there. Our ride to Tonsai Bay was an eventful one because we got drenched! AK wasn’t spared. Luckily I got everyone to pack spare change of clothes in the hand carry and we changed into dry, fresh clothes when we boarded the ferry.
Thank you hubby for the holiday.
Thank you Holiday Inn Phi Phi Don for the hospitality.