The Delights of Traveling: Phuket, Thailand
Well, like most of Thailand, I have been a few times. However, moving there was a bit spur of the moment.
Something big had happened in my life and I decided that I really needed to make a change for my own sanity, so one day I just checked flights and got on one and landed in Phuket. When I arrived I stayed in Kamala, which is the next town over from Patong. So, it was a great location and also had some peace and quiet. For the first few days, I just relaxed by the beach, got massages, drank cocktails, and ate food. I couch-surfed while there and also lived a family friend, so unfortunately I don't really have any recommendations about accommodation. But, most people stay in the Patong area because there is definitely more stuff to do there.
I believe that the best way to get around is by motorbike, which you rent pretty much anywhere as long as you have a driver's license. I thought that I would be brave and rent one, however, it was the first time that I had ever driven one, which may have been a mistake on my part, especially in a place like Phuket. I actually crashed it 15 minutes into having it because of my own stupidity really. But, I had rented it for a week, so rather than returning it because I knew that I wouldn't get my money back, I allowed the other person that I was couchsurfing with to use it.
Bangla Road is the main drinking street in Phuket and it is very similar to other drinking streets in Thailand, just a tad bit pricier I think. One of my favorite parts of Phuket though, is Phuket Town. It is where most of the historical stuff is and it is also where you can get the ferry to the islands. So, if you aren't really planning on spending a lot of time in Phuket, you should stay around there so you can get the ferry to the islands.
Another thing that people do while they are in Phuket is join a Muay Thai gym to train. It is pretty much an intensive training month where you eat, sleep, breathe Muay Thai. Because honestly, other than the beach and drinking, there really isn't much to do in Phuket really. North Phuket is pretty nice and you can access James Bond Island from there.
If you are like me, you may be curious about property prices in cities that you go to because you might be interested in spending more time in that place and you don't really feel like staying in hostels the whole time. There are some pretty nice apartments for quite cheap actually. When I was there, it was about 10,000 THB or $250 a month for a studio, which you definitely cannot get back in the States.
The one thing that I really did not enjoy about Phuket and I mean it is not just Phuket, but it was very obvious there was the fact that there were old men from all over the world trying to find young Thai wives and they believe that they can use their privilege to get these women. It was all just a big skeavy in my opinion. Honestly, Phuket wasn't one of my favorite places in Thailand.