Hey, guys! So I’m back from my short vacation to Phuket, Thailand – a couple of shades darker, very tanned, and just a few pounds heavier from all that eating ! I’m missing their beautiful beaches already.
H and I set off from work to Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, had a quick dinner and then hopped onto an AirAsia flight bound for Phuket. The flight took just over an hour and a half, and our mobile phones automatically set the time back by an hour (tech is so advanced these days, you don’t even have to wind your clock up!).
PKT is much smaller than KLIA2, and there was a long line at immigration, which thankfully, didn’t take too long. We went to a counter to get a metered taxi, which cost us 800B (RM96) to our hotel in Patong. There are no direct buses to Patong from the airport, which sucks. But if you’re low on cash, you can always take the airport bus to Phuket Town, then transfer to another one headed to Patong or any of the other beaches (Kamala, Karon, etc). Do note that all bus services stop after 6pm though!
Our taxi was comfy and air conditioned. The drive took about an hour past winding, hilly roads. We also passed by about a hundred 7-11 outlets while on the way. There were so many!
We stayed at a place called Frutta Boutique Hotel. Our hotel is tucked into a quiet alleyway. Both buildings belong to them, apart from a few other shops like a massage parlour and an art gallery.
I don’t have a very nice picture of the lobby, so here is one from Agoda.com. ._.
We were checked in by super friendly staff. Seriously. So this was the whole deal with Thai hospitality, I thought as they fussed over the two of us, brought our luggage up to the room and served us freshly sliced papaya and some sort of delicious fruit nectar. The front desk guy, Nut (like coconut, peanut, any kind of nut – he joked) gave us the run down on some of their facilities: like scooter rental (250B per day) and pool facilities. We were also allowed to use their bicycles for free.
The hotel is themed around fruits and an organic lifestyle, hence the name Frutta.
The rooms were done condo style with a sliding door and adjacent balcony. Inside, there was a queen-sized bed, dressing table, mini fridge stocked with beer and soft drinks, a TV and a bathroom with shower. Now I’ve done my fair share of travelling and stayed in some pretty sucky hotels, but this was comfy and most importantly, clean. For 1200B a night, I think it was worth it.
We messed up our table within 2 minutes.
It’s not exactly within walking distance of the main attractions in Patong (Patong Beach and Bangla Road), but I think that can be easily solved by hopping onto a motorbike taxi (you’ll see many in Phuket! More on that later), a tuktuk (a little expensive though…) or jumping onto a scooter. If you’re feeling up to a little adventure, you can always walk about 30mins to those places.
The Frutta Boutique Hotel, Patong
Address:86/14 Pra Baramee Road,
Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83130
Phone:+66 (0) 76 345 092 | Fax:+66 (0) 76 345 092
For more details, visit http://www.frutta-boutique.com
More of our Phuket adventures to come! :)