Thailand touchdown! What to do, what to do! I had 10 days in Thailand town, three of which would be in (staaanky) Bangkok! So I really wanted to make use of my time in Phuket and enjoy the beach life before experiencing the city life and I did not want to miss a beat!
Meet: Gembira Tours! Hiiiiii Gembiraaaa! Gembira Tours are amazing in the fact that they don’t have a set schedule tour where it’s this activity at this time and then back in the bus to next activity and not really getting to enjoy it or really travel on your own terms, not these guys! Gembira asks what YOU want to do, gives you suggestions of all the great and amazing things to do and then presents you with a personally designed itinerary that they think best suits you. And hey, if you disagree, back to the drawing board, but basically the end result is 100% everything you want. And if you’re like me where you don’t really know what you want but are easy to go with the flow – then the sightseeing tour I ventured on Day Uno is purrrrrfect for you too!
Let me tell you what I saw!!
We got picked up in our own little private shuttle car and our first point of stop off was Phuket View Point at Kata Noi Beach. It was definitely a great view and not crazy packed with people snapping photos, definitely enough to get an undisturbed snap of your own that you can send back as a Phuket postcard!
Next, and very unexpectedly, our next activity was Elephant Trekking, I say unexpected because I was a little too go with the flow and didn’t read the itinerary properly hence why I thought a satin wrap skirt was a great outfit choice for the day! Not that I let that stop me regardless from going spread legged, so I could get up close for an intimate ride with Watsana!! He was a beautiful 40 year old Ellie, that I had the pleasure of hosing down for a refreshing bath after our 30minute ride through a forest filled trek!
Lunch was amazing, but I kinda wished we had held off for the next place! Welcome to Rawai Landing Pier and Sea Gypsy Village, where you can buy LIVE fish, squid, crabs, lobster, probably a million other things that have come straight from the water, into the stalls at the markets on the right, that you can cook at the restaurants on your left! Doesn’t get much fresher then that!
There’s also cute little bits and bobs you can purchase at the markets too, we got some nice handcrafted bracelets as memoirs and a fridge magnet – for our fridge we travel with 😉 teasingggggg. It’s for RJs mumma bear cause she collects them!!!
After we had strolled through the markets, off we went to the last lights of the Wat Chalong Temple, I spotted trees with dangling notes of peoples wishes, absolutely stunning architecture and designs of the temples, some local pups following us about, and a LOT of elephant statues. It was definitely very beautiful and I would recommend going around that same time of day closer to sunset, the way the last rays of sun hits the gold designs of the temples makes them even shinier, there’s also not a whole bunch of people AND all of the stallholders are semi packing up for the day so you can enjoy the serenity of the temples without the pressure to be “sold”.
Last but not least, the sun had set, the day was finishing, but…the night markets were just starting! Not the usual hoorah of Bang La Road but instead the offerings of Old Town Phuket, brimming with culture and authenticity! We saw live performances, amazing designs, dances, a string of markets, a ton of people but in that great market way and it was definitely a happening party down in old town! I got my dance on a little and snapped away at some of the beauties that just wouldn’t fit in my suitcase but that I wanted to keep memory of regardless!
Well….I think that’s a lot of Phuket to see in one day, didn’t feel rushed, didn’t feel crammed, I just totally enjoyed being toured around by the lovely Ms Jeetah from Gembira Tours and seeing the variety Phuket has to offer – a great way to get a lot out of the diverse city!