17.12.2011 - 19.12.2011 29 °C
We arivved via ferry from Phi Phi which left at 9.30am and cost 500THB. We didn't really know where in Phuket we was going to head to, but from speaking to people the two options were Patong or Phuket town. In the end we got our bags off the ferry and went with the easy option as there were minivans waiting to leave for 150THB each to Patong. We arrived in Patong around midday and got droped off at the beach to start the search for our new hotel. This search lasted two hotels and 50 meters before Gem carrying the rucksack came to a head. The result was Gem agreeing a tuk-tuk to drive us to hotels untill we find one we liked (i was not impressed). Two hotels later we agreed a rate with a guesthouse called the Thai Charm which was close to the beach, the nightlife and was really nice inside, the cost was 1000THB per night.
Patong was a very intense place with a big long beach that had more sunloungers than any other beach I have seen. The place itself reminded me of a Thai Benidorm with it's endless bars & shops. At night Patong came alive with music, lights & people everywhere. One of the things that stuck out in the day and was very obvious at night were the amount of western men who visit Patong and befriend what appeared to be an endless amount of Thai women within the bars and streets, it was very weird walking past a bar around midday and seeing a dozen or so Thai ladies surrounding western men in a more than friendly way.
On one of our walks I dragged Gem along to a kind of weird obsession I have which is to visit as many Hard Rock Cafe's along my travels as I can (whoop whoop Patong). Unfortunately we couldn't afford the food so just had the 50THB beer that was on offer.
We didn't really do a lot other than go for long walks in our 3 days here as it wasn't really our type of place, but we really did enjoy the comfort of the hotel, McDonald's 15THB ice cream cones and a healthy subway. After seeing the previous places we have been with quieter and nicer beaches we initially found it hard to understand why it appears to be so popoular but our conclusion was it wasn't for the location but more for what's on offer!
If we could sum up our visit Phuket in five or so words/statements:
1) lots of traffic
2) lots of tourists (mainly western men)
3) very big in area
4) really liked our hotel
5) 100% would not want to go back (unless I need a New wife in the future)