Phuket

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Sun lounges on the main strip of Phuket

Arriving somewhere unfamiliar at night there is always a feeling of insecurity. Being away from our family and friends over Christmas and New Years we wanted to make sure we were staying somewhere special for Christmas Day.

Upon driving into the Novotel Phuket we knew we picked the right resort! The beautifully decorated pathways led to a brightly lit foyer, which was home to the largest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen overlooking bustling Phuket.

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The room was traditional and our balcony overlooked the brightest blue sea and sky. We regularly sat watching the sunset as it turned from pink to orange to blue.

That sky
That sky

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The buffet breakfast overlooking Phuket was a beautiful way to start the morning – a peaceful sanctuary away from the hussle and bustle you were about to step into for the day.

We would have been happy to stay inside the resort the entire stay spending a day in each of the three tiered pools overlooking the ocean.

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The main town of Phuket isn’t the most picturesque place to visit in Thailand, but we managed to create a really great experience.

Our Island Tour was fantastic – we visited the famous Phi Phi Island where The Beach was filmed plus a few others where you had the opportunity to spread out, snorkel and swim. We wish we had the time to travel back to our favourite island, rather than rushing around between islands the entire day.

The unoriginal Phi Phi Island shot
The unoriginal Phi Phi Island shot
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Pretty scenery from the boat
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Lunch stop on one of the islands hit badly by the 2004 Tsunami
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Our favourite island stop
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Quirky painted boat sitting on sand selling drinks and snacks
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The locals playing a game of volleyball with the tourists
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Front row with my pineapple juice

A less enjoyable tour was the combined Elephant and Quad package. We might have had a bad experience but we were taken to what looked like someone’s backyard, walked around the yard by a couple sad, tired, worn out and shackled up elephants. It felt slightly wrong being walked around by a sad animal. Tip: Don’t pay full price for pictures, tip your guide and he will jump off and get some shots for you.
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The thing that most young travelers come to Phuket for is the partying. You will either love or hate the partying here – we were the latter.

If underage dancers, old men, top 40 music, vodka fountains and fluorescent lights sound like you’ve just found heaven then go for it.

While it was enjoyable to walk around and watch everything going on around us it wasn’t our cup of tea!

During the day the shopping is just as you would expect – all your usual fake handbags, iPooed shirts and so on. They are less willing to have fun with bartering here – and that is essentially what you come for.

The light at the end of the tunnel are these fabulous crepe vans – breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert!

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Nutella & Banana for me please!

Do visit the northern end of Phuket, it is a world away from the beach right out the front of the main road.

The water is super clear and there is a lovely set of rocks on the point making for a very picturesque place to spend your day.

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Just above this beach sits a beautiful restaurant (also right underneath the Novotel). From the front you will see fresh seafood for sale, but walk in just before sunset and you will be treated to fabulous reasonably priced food and live music.

Grab a couple asahis from the next door 7/11 then wander into town along the beach.

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