Phuket, Thailand

We arrived in Phuket suffering from Koh Yao Yai blues after our very luxurious weekend. Back to reality. Phuket is where the Phi Phi crowd goes when they retire. It's well known that Phuket is overrun with tourists and the quiet beauty of the Yao Islands (though only 30 min away) seems like a world away.

I did not really snap any photos because I wasn't really inspired. The beach is packed with umbrellas and people with crispy sunburns. We stayed in Patong which is also known for Bangla Road (the sex industry strip). We went out one night to see what it was all about and found it all to be pretty depressing.

Phuket_1Phuket feels a bit theme park-ish, so we did what any good tourist would do.

We went to the bowling alley and arcade.


We did take one day trip to the famed James Bond rock and unfortunately this was our worst day trip yet. It was labeled as a kayak trip, but what they fail to tell you is you don't actually get to kayak. Someone else takes you in the kayak and promptly asks for a tip. We went into caves and other areas that are visually quite impressive, however I would've liked to linger on the landscape instead of being rushed from one locale to the next.

Phuket_2 Phuket_3Phuket_4Phuket_5Phuket_6Phuket_7Phuket_8So while the dramatic landscape just outside of Phuket is worth seeing, we were ready to leave.