30 Hours In Patong Beach- Dan and I spent the last 30 hours of our 10 day “Asian Adventure”, on beautiful Patong Beach, in Phuket, Thailand.
We crammed a lot of action, into that short amount of time, and 8 of those 30 hours were spent sleeping, too!
Here is a short tale, that follows all of our fun times and covers AT LEAST “10 Things To Do In Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand”.
Not The Best Planning- We arrived at the airport in Phuket, in the late afternoon on Friday, without any hotel reservation. I’d done a ton of research, and tried to choose a hotel, but just couldn’t commit to anything. I figured I’d just get on the wireless internet connection at the airport and book something there…..
Leaving it all till the last second meant that first, I’d have to spend $3.00 USD to use the wi-fi connection for 15 minutes, in the airport’s internet cafe. I don’t know why they call it a cafe. There isn’t any coffee, or anything to eat. Only computers. But I digress. We had read several good reviews of the Holiday Inn, Phuket, and I only had 6 minutes left, or it would cost another 3 bucks, so the Holiday Inn, is where I booked us.
Now How To GET To Patong Beach?
We were also ill prepared about GETTING THERE. Most of the car rental places were fully booked, and we didn’t want to take a bus. The nice people at SIXT rent a car had a GPS for us to rent, but no car. They were kind enough to refer us, to Phuket Thailand Car Rent, where we got a great vehicle to use. I have no website link for them, but you can call them at #08-6277-5278.
60 minutes after landing at the airport, all of the puzzle pieces were in place, and we drove off in our shiny new Honda, complete with right hand drive.
Wrong Side Of The Road- Luckily, my amazing husband is the BEST DRIVER on the planet, so he was able to maneuver the roads fairly well, while driving on the left hand side of the road. I did have to say on at least 20 occasions, “You’re driving in the wrong lane”, and we narrowly missed having a few collisions. But, let’s not dwell on the negative.
The Show Must Go On- When we arrived, it was raining, yet still bustling, all over Patong Beach. Nothing would stop the Ping Pong shows, that were being advertised everywhere. Ping Pong shows, you ask?
Let’s just say, there are women that insert THINGS into a certain orifice of their body. Some of these items include: ping pong balls, magic markers, live mice, parakeets, turtles, and small fish. WHAT!!! Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn- Although my husband would have loved to, we didn’t stop to see any of the girlie shows that night. It was dark and getting late so we drove directly to the hotel.
Check In and Check Out- When we checked in at 8:00 PM, we were given a strict check out time of 12 PM noon, the following day.
For our $220.00 USD, we’d be entitled to 16 hours at the hotel. Our flight home was scheduled for 2:00 AM that next night/morning, so it would have been nice to check out a little later. I was a little annoyed, but it wasn’t the end of the world.
Time To Eat- I had hit my crabby wall, and needed some food. We found a great place called Red Boat (opposite the Paradise Hotel on Pee Road), where you choose your fish from tanks, and then they grill it up for you… toot suite!
Shopping, Shopping, And More Shopping- Phuket, like the rest of Thailand, is jam packed with so many things to buy. Dan and I hate to miss out on any bargains, so we did our best to add to Thailand’s economy, without buying any useless trinkets. Dan found some cool sneakers. They might be bootlegged, but who cares!
So Much To Do, So Little Time!- The US Dollar goes a long way in Thailand, and it is possible to have a lot of fun, for a small amount of cash. We managed to cover a lot of ground, in our short time in Patong. For anyone who is going there, here are some things that you must do!
Soak up some rays on the beach
Ogle the sexy girls
Dunk your feet in a pool of fish that will eat off the dead skin at Lamai Inn. A lovely woman named Dee, will take good care of you!
Have a pedicure for $5.00 USD
Have a one hour massage for a grand total of $12.00 USD at “5 Star Beauty Salon” opposite the Holiday Inn Resort
Ride in a Disco Tuk Tuk
Try some unusual foods
Or, maybe just have the banana pancakes
30 Hours Just Wasn’t Enough- We would love to re-visit Phuket, but when we do travel back to Thailand, we will have to check out some of the other cities and islands, instead. I’ve already begun researching Krabi, Phi Phi, Chiang Mai. So much to see and experience, all over the world.