Although we had heard mixed reviews about Phuket Island, my sister and I decided that the luscious looking beaches far outweighed the horror stories of Ping-Pong shows and the somewhat seedier side of the place.
When we first arrived, both being very disorganised, we had no idea where we were going to stay but knew we would like somewhere quite quiet, away from the more touristic parts of Phuket. After asking around we were directed to ‘Boomerang Village Resort’ in Kata and found ourselves in heaven.
The only downside is that it is situated 100 steps up a hill, which got a bit tiring after a long night out, but on the plus side it was a good way to walk off all the delicious Thai food.
Speaking of food, we found some yummy eateries in Phuket that are also well worth a mention. We particularly enjoyed the food at ‘Mom Tri’s Oasis’, which had a mix of European and Thai cuisine.
I had a tasty sea bass fillet with lemongrass and chilli, the fish was full of flavor and went really well with the Chenin Blanc (they have an excellent choice of wines).
The location was also wonderful, situated directly on the beach, you can watch the sun set on the sea, while enjoying all the scrumptious delicacies!
But be warned this is not one of the cheaper places to eat in Phuket, but worth the idyllic experience if you’re not on a budget.
After a week relaxing in Kata we decided to move to Patong to experience the busier scene. We found a place to stay almost straight away, ‘Patong Beach Hotel’, half way between the bustling town and it’s quieter surroundings.
We had a great view of the beach from our balcony and the rooms were very clean. The swimming pool was amazing and the buffet breakfasts catered to all tastes (they even serve curry) and kept us full until dinner!
The only downside was that they charged for Internet, which we thought was a bit cheeky considering we were already paying customers. Yet the staff were wonderfully friendly and went out of their way to help us out if we needed anything, which was a real bonus.
All the restaurants we ate in were lovely, we particularly enjoyed eating in ‘Banana Leaf’, which is a Thai restaurant that serves the most beautiful Tom Yum Soup and also has great deserts (which can be hard to find in Thailand).
The drinks were cheap and the ambiance was very merry, especially after a few!
All in all we had an amazing time; Phuket lodging was fantastic, the food was immense and the people were friendly! I would highly recommend visiting this beautiful island.