Monday, 7 March 2016

Thailand, Part 1 - Phuket, and Sukhothai

 As those of you who follow me on Instagram will know, I recently came back from Thailand and I thought it was about time I shared a couple of pictures and stories with you all about it. And before the question comes up because it does every single time - I went on my own! Not because I'm a loner, not because I didn't have any friends to go with (they are actually kinda mad at me for the fact that I didn't invite anyone, it turns out pretty much everyone I know apparently really wanted to come to Thailand) I just plain prefer going on my own. I've been a solo travel fan for a good 8 years now, and in fact I have a couple of posts coming up about it soon so hopefully y'all are interested in that sort of thing.

Anyway, let's begin shall we? Our adventure begins in BKK, aka Bangkok airport. Which, as you can see in the above picture, has these really lovely gardens which are a great thing to be able to sit there and look at when you're dying from lack of sleep. My flight to Bangkok was okay, I watched Paper Towns (LOVE) and Pixels (LOVE) and befriended the guy sitting on the aisle next to me. He was about the same age as me and going on his first solo trip to Laos, which was all very convenient as he had a seven hour stopover at BKK and I had a four hour one.

 And then I finally got to Phuket! To Patong in particular, where I stayed at the Frutta Boutique. This was a really lovely hotel. The colours are nice and vibrant and true to the name you get a lovely juice when you first arrive as well as a plate of papaya - a fruit that it turns out I absolutely love, and I literally just got back from the supermarket as I write this where I was super disappointed to find nowhere seems to sell it.

 The hotel also had this really cute little pool. For some reason no one else was ever there so I would spend hours in the pool by myself with just these three little friends for company!

The next day I decided to head down to Patong Beach. This was slightly more difficult than I anticipated as though it's only a ten minute walk the risk of death seems quite high. You have to walk on the road for most of it and MOTORBIKES EVERYWHERE and oh god. Plus the risk of melting all over the road is quite high because SO HOT. When I finally made it there, I initally lay on the beach and read an entire book. At some point I fell asleep which was VERY VERY BAD as whilst I was sleeping the shade moved off of me and I actually burnt my eyelids. My eyelids. Yes. I didn't know it was a thing either but it hurt so much over the next couple of days!

After that I went for a walk the full length of the beach.

 This ice cream was legitimately my lunch one of the days. Not even sorry.
 And I looked like THIS :)

So, my overall feelings of Phuket? Well, Phuket itself I found pretty boring. I'm not a beach person, so I decided to literally only stay two nights before going back to the mainland. And Patong? Well, everything I read warned me that Patong sucked and you shouldn't go there unless you're a sex tourist. It's really not that bad. There are vendors and the like but they don't harass you like they do in other countries and most people leave you alone. English is pretty well spoken there so you'll be able to get around if you're new to travelling and have no Thai knowledge. It's lively and I actually found the atmosphere pretty interesting. I'm not much of a party goer but it was a lively place and I actually prefer somewhere like that to the inspirational pictures of Phuket you get which show you beautiful pictures of places where you can do literally nothing but lie down all day - not me at all!

My next stop was actually Bangkok again, but only very briefly. Therefore, I'm going to save my stories and photos from there til later on so I can put them all together. So on to Sukhothai!
 Whilst in Sukhothai, I tried many many forms of transport!

 There are street dogs everywhere in Thailand. It actually took me a really really long time to see a cat! I prefer the dogs.

 Here is my beautiful little hotel!

 Hello :-)
 Again, SO HOT. This pool became my friend, although other people actually used this one! What you can't see in this picture is the poolside massage area, which is where I had my first of many Thai massages. What a strange experience! My legs have been pulled in all sorts of strange ways.

 It was a Buddhist festival whilst I was there, so I attended the local temple where they were happy to let us participate :-)

  The next day I took a cycling tour. I'm not going to add any commentary to the following pictures, and just fill you with ruin/temple spam!

This was a lovely area with all sorts of ruins and interesting things to look at and the cycle tour was nice and easy. I also had a great picnic provided by the bike owners which was my first introduction to mango sticky rice! But more on that later...

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