Tales of Phuket – Getting Started @ Patong Beach

And so I have touched down at Phuket! Excitedly I looked around the arrival gate, and there he was! Khun Sombat has been my personal chauffeur (hehe) ever since I started my Phuket craze. He always picked me up at the airport, and on the last day he will pick me up at my hotel to go back to the airport.

We chatted a bit in the cab. He told me for the past few days, it was raining quite heavily in Phuket. Surprisingly today the sun was out, and everything was bathed in glorious light. I smiled inwardly. I knew I was lucky. Everytime I came to Phuket during the low, monsoon season, the weather will hold and become all sunny.

For those of you who wants to have a personal pick up, here’s Khun Sombat contact details. You can email him your name, contact number and flight details for booking. The price for one way trip is 600 baht, a slight increase from before because of the increase in fuel price.

Sombat Munfeuk
Mobile: 081-8958925
Home: 076-379544 (night time)
Email: munfeuk@hotmail.com

I felt asleep in the cab for a bit. I was so tired because of the (stupid) early flight! But soon I arrived at Patong. The sight of the glorious sea when we make that turn down the hill (when you come from Phuket Town direction) always, always cheer me up, and made me happy about my decision to come to Phuket. Again.

For accommodation, I stayed at the same place as my last trip – The StarOrchid Guesthouse. For photos of this place, you can check out this post. My usual contact, Khun Oui, wasn’t in when I checked in, and I was given a room at the 4th floor as some guests were still occupying my room of choice.

And so I checked in. At first I thought it was okay, despite that I have to climb flights of stairs. But soon I discovered things were very dirty, and dusty. The floor, the toilet… I guess they seldom use this room.

Although I paid very low rate for my three nights of stay (only about S$70+ for the entire trip), I won’t stand being treated this way. And so I went down to the reception, spoke nicely to the girl, and asked to change. She seemed angry with the cleaner who was supposed to make sure my room is clean. It wasn’t my problem, really. So I requested for my old room – Room 301. I told her I will go out first, and return to check in to the new room later when it becomes available.

Left the guesthouse, and walked along Patong Beach to soak in the sight and sound. Had a Thai iced tea along the way – only 20 baht!

Roadside Hawker @ Patong Beach

I realised that it is indeed the low season. The walkway was not crowded with tourists as it probably would during the peak in December. Even the number of hawkers touting their fares was not a lot. In a way it was pleasant. I didn’t feel hassled or rushed. Perfect for a little getaway holiday :)

Patong Beach - I am back again!

Without further ado, I went ahead to rent my bike! Same agent along Patong Beach, and this time round the owner of the agency was there. He recognised me instantly and lifted his hand in greeting. Ah… nothing beats the feeling when people at a foreign place know your name.

Adisak Car & Bike Rental, Patong Beach

And so, for those of you who are interested, this agency is located towards the southern side of Patong Beach, directly opposite a row of shophouses with a dentist, a Japanese restaurant, an optical shop, and a couple of others. Highly recommended! The boss is super nice and can speak reasonable English

Adisak Best Car Rent
175/2 Sainamyen Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 81350 Thailand
Mobile: 081-9794779 and 081-9685661
Home: 076-296720 (6.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.)
Car/Jeep range from 800 ~ 1200 baht per day
Motorbikes range from 200 ~ 300 baht per day

After renting the bike, I decided on a whim to check out this “spa for men” located at Khatu, away from the beach area. Was kinda curious how it will be like… but that is for another post!

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