31 May Living Island Life in Phuket, Thailand
Sometimes a girl just needs a little beach time.
There’s nothing I love more than feeling the sand between my toes and the sea salt in my hair, which is why I decided to hang out in Phuket for a month! After my very exciting but busy trip to Malaysia, I decided it was time to slow it down a little and get some work done, so I’ve been hanging out down in Rawai in the southern part of Phuket.
I don’t do much here except blog, work out, eat delicious Thai food, lay on the beach and watch incredible sunsets. The locals around here look at me a little oddly because you would think a girl traveling by herself might stay in a busy area like Patong, but I like it this way. I’m happy being in a quieter part of the island away from the hustle and bustle, and did I mention I have a place with great Wi-Fi?
I get to wake up to incredible views like this one every day…
And this is the same beach at sunset with the tide out…
At one end of Rawai Beach there is a cool sea gypsy village where the fishermen sell their catch of the day. You can buy your seafood from them and then pay one of the restaurants opposite to cook it for you. There are also lots of stalls selling pearls and sea shells; it’s a cool little spot that’s definitely worth visiting if you are ever down this way!
After my scooter accident in Bali I vowed I would never hire a scooter again, and rental cars can get pretty expensive if you’re here for a full month. On average it’s about 1,000 Baht per day which is roughly £20, so this would definitely add up over 4 weeks! So my nearest beach is Nai Harn Beach, which is a really beautiful beach on the southern tip of Phuket.
I walk to this beach quite regularly so I can get my daily exercise, and I love it down here because it’s nice and quiet with no beach sellers. The beach is popular with expats and locals, and on the right day the waves can be good enough for surfing. I noticed there is quite a lot of building work going on in the area, so I’m sure over the next few years this will become more and more touristy.
Of course one of my favourite things about Thailand has to be the food! I love the papaya salads, the green curry and the stir fry! Rawai beach is known for its seafood restaurants so I can take my pick of places to eat.
After a few weeks of hanging out by myself I’m now planning a trip to the Philippines so I’ll be looking forward to be getting on the road again and meeting new people. But for now, island life in Phuket has been just what I needed.
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