Any summer trip wouldn't be complete without having a trip to the beach. This time, we head somewhere near the Andaman Sea (or maybe the Indian Ocean). I guess you've read, yup, that's Phuket.
To be honest, we are not fond of beaches. I mean, living in the tropics, sometimes, you get sick of the summer heat year-round. But, thanks to some invites, the waves brought us here.
Phuket is Thailand's largest island (that's what Google said). Well, since we're coming from Bangkok, the best route to go is by air. For this reason, we booked a flight from Don Mueang International Airport to Phuket International Airport.
Upon arriving, our airport limousine brought us to Anantara Mai Khao (where we were staying). After checking in, we went out for some lunch at Turtle Village (which is just outside Anantara).
The Mai Khao area of the island is far from Phuket's town proper. It's an hour drive going there. To be honest, I was expecting some kind of Boracay vibes from this place but I didn't. There were no bars in the area (the nightlife is at Patong Beach) and getting around is quite hard (especially going to the town proper). On the brighter side, it's family-friendly (I could see a lot of families spending their vacation here) and the place is super relaxing.
After eating, we are off to Phuket town proper. We had arrangements with a taxi driver to take us around the island.
After an hour of travel, we arrived at an elephant sanctuary. I'm not sure of the location tho, but, it's on the elevated areas of Phuket. We fed elephants with bananas then took some photos.
We had some quick stop at King Power Duty Free Mall before heading to Phuket Old Town.
The next day, we had some brunch at Anantara before spending our day at JW Marriott.
The parents are out for some business so here's what happened. *cue on visual diary*
We had some quick dinner before calling it a day at our villa.
The next day, we spent sometime on Anantara's beach front, visited Renaissance Hotel then preparing for the afternoon's Phuket Fantasea.
Mai Khao is indeed the place to go if you wanna spend some relaxing time at the beach. I find it hard saying goodbye to Phuket. It's like waking up from a dream, away from my mind's paradise state. I'm looking forward to visiting this paradise again (even though I'm not a fan of beaches).
What about you? Where's your paradise state of mind?