Exploring Phuket Old Town and Surin Beach and then Back to Bangkok || 10-Day Vacation in Thailand (Day 7)

We had breakfast at our hotel and then went to the bus stand from where we would catch the bus for Phuket Bus Terminal 2. Once again, we found ourselves waiting for the pink bus, this time with our entire luggage. Thankfully we did not have to wait too long. The bus came soon enough. But it was crowded and we had to squeeze our way in. Once in though, we were so tightly packed that no amount of jerks managed to displace us.

We had breakfast at our hotel and then went to the bus stand from where we would catch the bus for Phuket Bus Terminal 2. Once again, we found ourselves waiting for the pink bus, this time with our entire luggage. Thankfully we did not have to wait too long. The bus came soon enough. But it was crowded and we had to squeeze our way in. Once in though, we were so tightly packed that no amount of jerks managed to displace us. 


One fact to be added here is that the seating in these buses isn't too comfortable. The seats are nothing but wooden benches without any backrest. So you really need to hold on to the seat or to the passenger next to you to prevent yourself from sliding off.     Related Blog-post - Chiang Mai Travel Guide - Top places to explore, places to stay, commute options & lot of Travel Hacks

One fact to be added here is that the seating in these buses isn't too comfortable. The seats are nothing but wooden benches without any backrest. So you really need to hold on to the seat or to the passenger next to you to prevent yourself from sliding off. 


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We reached the bus station and then deposited our luggage on the left luggage counter. We found these counters to be a huge convenience. We never had to worry about our luggage throughout this trip. 

From the bus terminal, we took a bus to the Surin Beach.     Related Blog-post : Temples on the River and Street Food in the Night Market at Ayutthaya || 10-day Vacation in Thailand (Day-3 Continued)

From the bus terminal, we took a bus to the Surin Beach. 


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This was a quieter beach and the crowd was mostly European. The beach was clean and a lot emptier than any other Thai beaches we had visited so far. There were some water-scooters out there on the water and also a couple of para-sailing outfits. We walked around a little, but then realised that it was really hot. And we had had enough of the beaches by now. So we thought we would have some lunch before heading back to the town. 


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On the beachside, there were several shacks that were serving Thai food. From our experience at Kata beach, we thought that the food at these shacks would be reasonably priced, but that was not the case. This seemed to be a posh(er) beach and hence the price was high too. So we grabbed a couple of sandwiches from the 7-11 and that was our lunch. 


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Then we headed to the bus stand to catch our bus back to Phuket old town. Our research had revealed that the architecture of this area is beautiful with Sino-Portuguese townhouses and quaint shops selling food, clothes, and miscellaneous other things. We found several pretty buildings and also quite a few interesting graffiti on the walls. On Sundays it seems you can also find a Sunday morning in these streets, but since we were here on a weekday, we missed it. Anyways, we were convinced that nothing would ever be able to compare against the Night market in Chiang Mai, so we were okay missing the Sunday market. 


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We walked around for a couple of hours. Weather was unexpectedly good, with clouds floating in and out and a soft breeze blowing. So the walk was very relaxing. All this while we were vaguely aware of the fact that if we kept walking like this, we would eventually get to the bus stand from where we would be able to catch the bus that would take us to Bus Terminal 2, we were in no hurry to get there. The fact that these were our last few minutes in Phuket and that now very soon we would be heading to our last destination in Thailand. It is always a bittersweet feeling when a vacation is about to come to an end. 


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Eventually we reached the bus stand and caught our bus. Upon reaching the bus terminal, we collected our luggage from the left luggage counter and then once our bus arrived, we boarded it. This was again a very comfortable bus. Night buses in Thailand are good, but you should make sure that the bus company that you have chosen is legit. We used Phuket Travels and Bus Express.  


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Our explorations of Phuket and Phi Phi turned out to very satisfying. So far, VJ and I agreed on our ratings of the places we had visited. On the top was still Chiang Mai, despite our misadventures with the hotel. At the second position was Ayutthaya and at the third, Phuket. Not that Phuket was bad, just that other places were far more exciting. From the next post onwards, we start with our explorations of Bangkok. Would it be able to beat Phuket? Or would Phuket manage to retain its 3rd position? Wait and watch.



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If you are wondering what these wedding shoot photographs are doing in this post, we came across a location in the town where some sort of wedding shoots were going on and it was a fun site to watch.     Related Blogpost from Thailand - Snorkeling near Phi Phi Islands, Walk along Kata and Kata Noi Beaches || 10-Day Vacation in Thailand (Day 6)

If you are wondering what these wedding shoot photographs are doing in this post, we came across a location in the town where some sort of wedding shoots were going on and it was a fun site to watch. 


Comments

Shrinidhi Hande said…
Amazing clicks- Phuket old town is a nice place
Thanks Shrinidhi. Yes, Old Town was nice. I wish we had more time to explore it little well.
Rahul Bhatia said…
Nice pics! Thailand has so much to see besides the more touted Phuket, Bangkok. Surin beach looks nice

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