Thank God for technology. When a friend suggested going to Phuket, Thailand for our birthday I was ecstatic. After tickets were booked I immediately began to research the area using the methods I suggested in my previous post, #Travel: How To Use Social Media To Plan Your Next Trip
Through all those websites I was able to put together a loose itinerary for the group. I wanted to help as most of the people traveling are flight attendants and have a hectic schedule. If you are traveling from the U.S. travel time can be about 2 days each way so here is how you maximize your time in Patong/ Phuket:
Sample Itinerary for the day after you arrive
7:30am-Get accustomed to the Island through a Landmark Tour, Duration 9 hrs
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Work with Jo to customize a tour or pick a tour from her website. If customized reach out to Jo, she is very responsive.Our customized tour included:
-Pick up from Indochine Hotel
-A visit to Big Buddha
-A stop for local lunch after sightseeing in Phuket old town
-Visit to Tiger kingdom. http://www.tigerkingdom.com/phuket-3/
Everything was included in our per person cost except tiger fees which at the time were:
-Big and Medium Tigers 800 Baht
-Small Tiger 900 Baht
-Smallest 1000 Baht
Shopping and Beach Day in Patong
Shopping in Patong can be an adventure and there are a lot of shops, you can visit the beach and then shop. Sharpen your negotiation skills to get a good deal, and don’t look to eager to buy.
Also if interested you could try to fit in a short ziplining tour at 3pm. Best one to go to is the Hanunman Rainforest.
Ziplining at Hanunman Rainforest, http://www.flyinghanuman.com/
Phi Phi Island or Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Tour Options. (Most tours are 9/10-3pm, there are some early morning tours available. Suggested vendors are:
-PHUCKET SNORKELING 3500 BAHT
Hotel transfers 7.30-8.30am Departure 9am Arrive at Phi Phi 10am Snorkeling, swimming, relaxing 10-11am Sightseeing around Pileh Cove, Monkey beach, Viking cave 11-12.30pm Gourmet picnic lunch on quiet beach 12.30-2pm Snorkeling, swimming, relaxing 2-3pm Sightseeing around Maya Bay 3-3.30pm Cruise back to Phuket arriving approximately 4.30pm Transfer back to hotel
-Massages are super cheap in Thailand. We went with Let’s Relax on 3rd street as a suggestion from Jo and it was awesome. You receive a discount if you book online. We paid in person and did the Heavenly Relax package which is about 2 and a half hours.
-Fish Pedicures-located throughout Patong
-Thai Cooking Class- Can have one for either lunch or dinner. Example www.Katathaicooking.com
1)Cosmo Vibe/Rooftop Restaurant
2 )Restaurants in Patong (Ranked)
There are a ton of options on Bangla Walking Street in Patong from live music bands, hip hop clubs, karaoke bars and top 40 clubs. It reminded it of a Thai Vegas Strip.
1)Seduction Nightclub is a complex of over 5 venues including Higher restaurant mentioned earlier. Open every night.
2)Gossip Boutique Supperclub
3)Bangla Boxing Stadium Muay Thai Boxinghttp://www.banglaboxingstadiumpatong.com/
5)Simon Cabaret-If that’s your kind of thing ;) http://www.phuket-simoncabaret.com/
FULL ITINERARY-Click the Dropdown for a daily break down.
I will have separate posts on the different venues and tours that I used. Have you been to Patong/Phuket and have any places to add to the list? Comment below!