A swap from Amsterdam to Phuket which I was very happy about! It had been over a year since I was last in Phuket, and I was looking forward to an easy and relaxing trip. A nice 5 hours and 50 minutes over to Phuket International Airport with just one service in economy. A busy flight, but we landed in the evening and made our way across to the hotel through the manic streets of Thailand.
Myself and the business class supervisor Joe had decided to do an excursion the following morning to ‘James Bond Island’. So when I got to my room, I ordered some room service of Pad Thai and mango sticky rice and tried to get as much sleep as possible before our busy day ahead of us.
Waking up at 6:45am, I quickly changed and went to meet Joe in the lobby after admiring the stunning views from my balcony.
It was an hours drive over to Ao Por Pier, where we were given complimentary tea and coffee whilst we waited for the rest of our tour group to arrive.
Our first stop of the day was an hours boat ride over to Kho Tapu Island, or more commonly known as James Bond Island. James Bond Island is an island in Thailand, in Phang Nga Bay northeast of Phuket. The islands are limestone tower karsts and are a part of Ao Phang Nga National Park.
As we pulled into the small rocky island, it was bustling with tourists and filled with small wooden huts selling souvenirs. Wanting to make the most of the sunshine and the gorgeous waters we stripped down to our swimsuits and wandered out into the warm shallow turquoise water.
It was incredibly hot at 31 degrees and not a cloud in sight which made for the most beautiful landscape in front of us. Thailand is so naturally beautiful, and it’s great to see this has been made into a national park to protect and conserve the nature and wildlife.
We had an hour to spend on this island and it went soooo quickly, before we knew it our time in paradise was up and we were on to the next stop of the trip: Hong Island! Not before grabbing a fresh coconut water though.
It was time for lunch on the boat, and I was so hungry. The food was great and was a selection of local Thai dishes. Noodles, rice, prawns, fish, pork, chicken. You name it, it was there. I had a huge plate of food as we made our way across to the next island where we were getting taken out in canoes.
Our guide for the canoe was called Rom and told us lots of little details in broken English about Hong Island. He also asked if me and Joe were on our honeymoon, and despite laughing and telling him no, he did lots of romantic pictures for us which was very funny.
Next we canoed through Bat Cave. I’m quite claustrophobic so I felt a little on edge as we went through narrow dark caves where Rom kept telling me to duck my head, but I’m glad I did as we came out to the most gorgeous view.
After this we stopped off for some swimming time, but not wanting to sit in wet clothes or a costume for the remainder of the trip and the drive back to the hotel I declined and sat eating some fresh watermelon and pineapple they had prepared for us and soaked up the sunshine.
I managed a couple of hours sleep before the busy night flight back, but it was totally worth it for a wonderful trip in Phuket. I’ll definitely be bidding for this trip again soon, the hotel we stay in is so nice too that even just to stay in the hotel all day would be fab, but there is still more I want to do there.
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