Our flight was in the early morning @ 7:25 am where we need to be at Airport 2 hours earlier for International flight, so we call for airport taxi service and mostly cost about RM 100+. I saw the Airport Limo mostly using black Waja few days back, so I call them up see how much they cost and to my surprise it only cost RM65.30 even for midnight pickup as our pickup was around 4:25 am. You can call this 1300-88-8989 phone number for limo services.
We fly Air Asia as we manage to get the free flight ticket last year, 1 thing about Air Asia that is the flight schedule will changed every now and sometimes you will get the notification about the changes and sometimes you won’t. As for our return flight was re-schedule from 4:30 to 9:05 pm but my uncle was not so lucky when he was in Hanoi where he did not get the notification and cause him stay another night at Hanoi where he only know the return flight was change to tomorrow afternoon as there is no longer night flight, that’s what Air Asia crew said. I re-check my schedule again few days earlier before take-off here see if they have any other changes and you can also use the same link to check your flight info as well.
We reach @ Phuket International Airport around 7:40 am (local time 8:40 am) and head out to look for transportation after getting the luggage. Once out from the arrival hall there are many taxi driver asking whether you need a taxi service and cost around 650 to 750 baht depend on the area you going. So we look around to look for budget alternative that is bus, good thing is their busses is not really a bus but is a van and the price per person 180 baht. It takes about 1 hour drive from Airport to Patong, Karon and Kata Beach as our hotel in Kata Beach. After few min from the Airport the van stopped at their office, said they need to know which hotel we were going to so they will arrange which route to go. But they also showing us the island tour package to Phi Phi, Phang Nga island tour and we got ripped off there as they said the price include full day onboard with lunch, elephant trekking and taxi back to airport when we back. The deal was quite attractive as i’ve check online the price is ranging about 2,800 to 3,000 baht and they offer us about 2,200 baht per pax, so we grab the offer didn’t think off checking few places first that’s our mistake. On the day 3 post will tell you more on the package.
It really took about an hour drive only reach the Peach Hill Resort @ Kata Beach and we check-in around 12 noon while waited the bell boy to bring us to our room. We ask the reception on what is the best place to go and pricing about the taxi service and the hotel staff recommend us to their hotel taxi service to check how much is the price for a full day sight seeing, bring you to see most of the traveler will visit. The initial price was 1,800 baht and we manage to negotiate to 1,000 baht but scarifies a bit on the place to visit. The taxi driver Mr Prasit was very friendly and driving his old Volvo 850 for our tour but who cares as long as we manage to get to the places right. So we plan to get the taxi service for the second day trip as the Phi Phi island tour was on the third day. Mr Prasit also told us that on every sat and sun they will be a night market near the Phuket town as that day was sunday, so we ask him how much is the price to go there and the price was 700 baht that’s the best bargain we can get as for Tuk tuk famous transportation in Thailand also cost 500 baht 1 way trip but we paying 700 baht for return.
Night market is the place you have to go as you can get to see many daily usage item by thai and also some of the local food that is so delicious that we can’t get em hold on too. We had BBQ pork (pork satay although swine flu not yet reach Phuket it should be safe to eat pork), seafood cracker, noodle (serve in Keoy Teow or bihun), thai dim sum and Phad Thai. BBQ port taste like satay in M’sia but it slightly sweeter as they put honey and the meat cut into thin slice and barbeque it to perfection..yummy as for the noodle it had crispy pork, pork intestine (such as liver, stomach, kidney) and meat with the tasty soup smell like Bah Kut Teh in M’sia but it taste just perfect with all the ingredient. Other than food on the night market, you can get to buy local made neglects, shirts, bags and etc…mostly suite for girls and for me food is the best…
Before heading back to hotel, we stop at the local hypermarket BigC to get some mineral water, fruit juice, yogurt and tidbits for our 5 days stay as the tap water here is not safe to drink where hotel only gave 1 bottle of 1.5 liters a day that’s not enough for both of us. After that we head back to hotel and prepare our self for the day 2 schedule.
Stay tune for the rest of the days…