Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand

  • By Wendy
  • 16/09/2016
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Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand

In celebration of my dear friend Linzi’s ‘big’ birthday, we 3 Amigos (Linzi, Jen & I) decided to jet off to the beautifully bonkers island of Phuket. Or as we like to call it, F*** It, as everything is so chilled & laid back. Literally nothing seems to matter. No health & safety concerns, no dress code and absolutely not a damn given the whole time we were there. Real life just melts away which is quite liberating.

With feet swollen like little balloons from the flight, I was absolutely delighted to arrive at our traditionally Thai styled hotel in Patong Beach and put my tootsies up in our comfortable room. The Baan Yuree Resort & Spa was just perfect for us. Close enough to the party to get involved but tucked far enough away up the hill not to be bothered by it once it’s time to call it a night. The hotel offers a free shuttle service into town & back several times a day which is super convenient (although a late night trip home in a tuk-tuk is more fun!) and the food is amazing. The pool area is beautifully secluded and has a swim up bar which we found pretty marvellous being quite partial to a Pina Colada. The best feature of the hotel by far though is the staff. Every morning brought a cheery ‘Sawadika’ and every request attended to with a smile from the reception staff booking excursions, the wonderful girls at the Spa to the housekeepers filling our room with banners and balloons for Linzi’s ‘21st’. The hotel even provided a birthday cake free of charge which was a nice touch. The look of surprise on her face was absolutely priceless.

Being there for just a week, it was important to us to make the most of the trip and see & do as much as possible. I shall split the tale of our antics and shenanigans over a few blogs as there really was that much to do. No trip to Thailand can pass without a real, proper Thai green curry. We ate so well every night for what seemed like pennies. We didn’t just stop at green. We had red & yellow curries too and not forgetting the Pad Thai. Yum! I’m glad it was so hot & humid that we mostly forgot to have lunch otherwise I’m certain I would have come back the size of a house!

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So Patong Beach itself… Wowzers! From dawn til dusk it really is stunning with lots of activities on offer during the day which saw our very own Braveheart, Jen, take to the skies and go parasailing while Linzi & I partook of a massage for the princely sum of 200 Bhat (approximately £4) each followed by a very large Chang beer purchased from some guy with a bucket full of bottles. Absolute bliss!

Bangla Walking Street is absolutely unavoidable and as the name would suggest is a pedestrianised street of madness & mayhem. We loved it! Lined with pole dancing bars & promotors for ping-pong shows not to mention the hooky handbag shops it really is quite a spectacle. We, however, opted to take in the Ladyboy Cabaret at Cocktails & Dreams. I honestly could not say which was my favourite act as they were all beautiful & awesome. Perhaps Cher, I don’t know. The only off-putting thing was the creepy lurkers but thankfully they had no interest in us actual ladies so we felt very safe indeed. Having sampled a few eateries, my favourite is Enjoy Restaurant on Pee Road (snigger) just along from the Jungceylon shopping mall, and enjoy it very much we did. Twice actually! Just off Bangla Walking Street we discovered the incredible Fusion Tattoo Studio where Jen & I sealed our bond of friendship by getting inked together. 2 days in a row! Well, when the tats are a fraction of the price at home & as epic as any I have ever seen, it would be rude not to.

Being August, we had to accept that there would be the occasional torrential downpour but I can assure you that it did not dampen our spirits in any way and being the now renamed ‘Mary Poppins’ of our trio I was prepared for any eventuality. Most of the days were scorching and sunny so the rain was quite welcome occasionally and we did watch a very theatrical thunderstorm from our balcony which lit up the skies above Patong. Upcoming blogs will cover our adventures to Phuket Town, Maya Bay where Hollywood blockbuster The Beach was filmed and my solo adventure to James Bond Island, home of Scaramanga, The Man with the Golden Gun….

Top Tip : Stay casual & be ready for anything!

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