We recently spent some time in Thailand, visiting three amazing places –each with their own charm and beauty.
Our journey began in Phuket, renowned for its beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. Because Phuket, specifically Patong beach, is such a tourist destination, it’s easy to follow the crowd.
Off the beaten track and not too far inland is Phuket Town, also known as “Old Phuket.” It’s an amazing little place, rich in culture and history. There are art galleries on every second corner and majority of the buildings which were erected in the 1880’s , and feature the remarkable but relatively unknown “Sino-Portuguese” architecture style.
That being said, a tourist attraction not to be missed by anyone in our age demographic is the nightlife. Going out in Phuket is like to Long Street in Cape Town in season on a Friday night – but it’s only a Monday night out of season in Thailand. We ventured to Bangla Road to see what the hype was about and we were pleasantly surprised. We weren’t expecting much because it was out of season but we left in total awe of what Phuket had to offer . We went to four clubs, gossip – a boutique superclub (an oxymoron in itself), next moved to Illuzion, which played really good R&B and Hip Hop music, then to Tiger and finally we went to Seduction which claims to be the biggest club in Phuket, it was packed with lots of tourists and played mostly EDM but definitely a vibe.
Seeking a slightly more relaxed environment, we moved on to Krabi Province to the town of Aonang. Aonang constantly reminded us of the Garden Route Town of Plettenberg bay, the perfect mix of breathtaking scenery, outdoor activities, and rejuvenation. The Food in Krabi was probably the most authentic Thai food we had. During our stay we ate at various Thai restaurants (and avoided western food) one night we ate on the side of the road at a street vendor’s stall where he had set up tables and chairs and prepared the food less than 2 meters away from us, starting every meal from scratch. We also enjoyed Thai pancakes which are a lot crispier than the pancakes we know and rectangular, topped with Nutella – it made for a great post shopping midnight snack.
Another great thing about Aonang, Krabi its proximity and wide availability of boat tours to the beautiful Thai islands! We had an incredible time visiting those postcard-picturesque beaches and snorkeling.
Our last stop in Thailand was Bangkok, and a highlight was shopping (no surprises there). There are various weekend and night markets in Thailand and we had the opportunity to go to the biggest weekend market in Bangkok. The Chatuchak Market has over 8000 stalls separated into 27 sections and a map to get around so one can imagine the sheer range We spent about six hours there and found just about everything from lighting fixtures to clothing. The market also has a few vintage second-hand stalls where we were lucky enough to make some vintage French finds by fashion houses such as Céline, Balmain and Givenchy.
Our stay in Thailand was both eye opening and memorable. It is an incredible country with some of the friendliest people you will ever meet! We wish we’d been able to spend more time there but unfortunately, the nature of our schedules did not allow it. Needless to say, we’ll be back! If you have any specific questions about the 3 places we visited, do post in the comments below, or on our Facebook page, and we’ll be sure to get back to you! Here’s our vlog with some more of our adventures
Ray and Donna xx