24.02.2012 - 25.02.2012 29 °C
Oh Thailand! Beautiful, Amazing Thailand, how we've missed those smiling faces! So happy that we arranged to spend our last weekend of vacation in Phuket. I couldn't have thought of anything more depressing than heading straight home at the end of our tour. Flying down the Andaman Coast of Thailand, you slowly see the layer of smog disappear, the sun shining brightly, and the view of a million tiny little islands dotting the coastline isn't bad either. We grabbed roadsodas at the airport and jumped in the cab to take us to our resort in Kata Beach. Here, they welcome you with a cold towelette and refreshing cocktail. It's time for bathing suits and sunscreen.
Kata beach is perfect for us. When first planning a trip, you spend hours researching where to go and stay, eat and drink. Reading hundreds of reviews and asking friends for recommendations. But places are just dots on a map and pictures only tell a part of the story within its 4 corners. Finally, we get to experience it with our 5 senses, and it's no disappointment.
The island is very mountainous, so what seems to be just a small distance away on the map turns out to be a trek sometimes. Therefore, each beach in Phuket has its own personality. Kata is a bit more posh, the playground for Russians, Finns, and Swedes. There are more blonde beauties here than my eyes can handle. The landscape is well maintained, the staff speak good English (compared to some other places we've been), and even the street market vendors have better quality trinkets. The perfect laid-back beach town, Kata draws on a family friendly crowd, as well as younger and older couples. There are lots of restaurants serving both Thai and many international dishes all on the main road. But aside from a couple of pubs or your pool bar, the nightlife is a 25 min ride away in Patong.
Patong beach is basically Cancun, on a smaller scale. Bangalore Rd, the famous party street in Patong, is lined with fist-pumping clubs, ladies dancing in windows, and promoters hassling you to see the "ping-pong" shows. You can easily bounce from club to club, drink buckets of vodka/redbull, take lychee shots at the Absolut Ice Bar, and basically rage til the sun comes up. The first and best bar we went to was actually a recommendation from someone we had just met on the planeride down- Scruffy Murphy's. An irish bar with a great live coverband playing all the latest and greatest hits. But at the end of it, we were glad to return to our oasis on Kata beach.