Hey Peeps! December is around the corner and this time of the year reminds me of my wedding solemnised two years ago. Following the wedding we went for honeymoon to Thailand covering 3 cities – Bangkok, Krabi and Phuket.
I love travelling and on top of that I love shopping. So, my husband and I decided to travel to the shopping hub of south east asia – it was that simple a decision! Besides, I did remember reading in an article that Phuket is Priyanka Chopra’s favourite holiday destination. So I was definitely longing to experience the beaches of this famous city. So out we went on a 7 nights and 8 days trip.
Day 1 & 2 – Bangok
We had organised the trip without help of a travel agent and we got our Visa and immigration done on arrival at the Suvarnabhoomi airport. The whole process was staightforward but a bit tiring as we had stepped out for the airport at Kolkata at around 7 a.m and reached hotel in Bangkok by 4.30 p.m local time (6 p.m IST).
We wanted to take it easy on the first day so we just went to a restaurant near our hotel at Nana, Sukhumvit. In the night we explored the local market and then went to party at JW Marriot (It was at a walking distance from our hotel).
The next morning, post breakfast we decided to feed my shopping bug. I wanted to buy bikinis, dresses, tops, accessories and lots more. So we landed in “Platinum Mall” which is the biggest (It spans 6 floors with hundreds of shops and scores of eateries) flea market in Bangkok.
I shopped crazily there till the time I was left with no cash literally. And then I realised you need to carry ample amount of cash if you are going to local market/flea market.
Tip : Local markets in Thailand prefer cash transactions. Get an ample amount of currency exchanged beforehand. Drawing cash from an Indian card from an atm incurs around Rs 500 fee per transaction.
Day 3 & 4 – Krabi
We took an Air Asia flight from the old (Don Meaung) Bangkok airport to Krabi. The city center is well connected to the airport through half hourly shuttles and regular cabs. We had booked in to Vogue Resort at Ao Nang, Krabi. The resort architecture is definitely a feast for tired eyes. It is tastefully done in wood and clay tiles exuding an old world charm.
Krabi is the most beautiful city I have experienced. The beach was at walkable distance from our resort and we took a leisurely stroll in the evening. The street was replete with souvenir shops, live music bars and cocktail counters. We grabbed our cocktails and left for the beach. Yes, these pics with the beautiful lights at the backdrop are taken on street. What an evening it was.
Tip: The beach side shacks in Krabi are not actually on the beach but at a safe distance across the road, unlike Goa
The next day we decided to go for 7 Island sunset tour. I simply cannot put down in words the heady mix of serenity and exhilaration I felt in that ferry ride. We experienced a mesmerizing sunset with a stopover at Phi Phi island followed by a barbecue dinner.
By the time we reached back to resort it was 7.30 pm. Again, taking it easy after a strenous day, we went to explore nearby market and shop a little. The local market over there is expensive compared to Bangkok. But street food is awesome and I did not stop. We tried so many BBQ dishes and cocktails.
Day 6 & 7 – Phuket
We took a ferry from Krabi to Phuket as it was quicker than by road. The ferry was reasonably upscale with airconditioned cabins, cafeteria with food and drinks on board. Still, like many, we spent our travel time on the deck soaking in the awesome view of Phang Nga Bay.
We checked in to Palmyra Resort in Phuket. Oh! I wanted to explore the city so bad. We went to the Tiger Park, Patong street and then partied the night away at Seduction on the walking street.
Well, that evening we realised we were not getting clicked together and got ourselves a selfie stick. Besides, we didn’t have a DSLR then so the pictures are of low quality.
There is a hint of regret, however, I am happy that I came back with memories to last a lifetime.
Tip: Phuket is fit for an adrenaline fuelled wild beach vacation. Krabi, being just the opposite is pleasantly laid back and fit for a romantic beach vacation.
Day 7 – Bangkok
Remember my shopping was due because of lack of cash. I had got my currency exchanged on Phuket airport to shop in Bangkok’s local market and this time I was not in a mood to stop. We purchased few cool stuffs for our home decors too. The city is full of creativity.
Then finally we went to Onyx, night club. We enjoyed the EDM crazily it being the last day of our honeymoon.
P.S. I wasn’t a blogger then and I haven’t clicked pictures of lots of places as we use to enter those places without our camera and phone.
- Plan your trips expense in advance and carry ample amount of cash. There are so many currency exchange booth who do not accept Indian currency.
- ATM transaction charges are really high. I would have bought 2 tops in that amount every time I drew money.
- If you are not habituated of spicy food, ask the chef to tone it down or try McDonalds or order continental. You might find Indian restaurant too.
- Carry your essential gadgets like camera, power bank, portable speaker, selfie stick etc. If you plan to get them in Bangkok, head to Pantip Plaza, a quick walk from Platinum Mall.
- In case you need any help, ask locals. Thai people are very helpful and generous.
- Do your own research before making any bookings. Everyone has his/her preference so plan your trip accordingly.
- Thailand has an abundance of 7/11 and they are open 24/7. In case you need any medicine, food or almost anything, head to the nearest one.
- You should take the metro in Bangkok. Commuting becomes much easier, cheaper and faster.
- You need bargaining skill to shop in local market. After all, it’s a bargain hunter’s paradise.
- Carry your skin care essentials if your skin is too sensitive like me. Otherwise you can try their skin care range. Few of them are awesome. In fact, I tried their detaning pack and it worked for my skin.