Phuket, Thailand was my first choice for our honeymoon. Trust me I went through ALL of the options. The major deciding factor for Thailand was the reasonably priced tickets, the travel time in comparison to other destinations (like Bali, The Maldives etc.). The only reason I was reluctant to visit Thailand is because John has a peanut allergy. This didn’t end up being a problem at all. Here is a rundown of what we did!
The flight & price – The flights with traveler’s insurance (which you should never travel internationally without) were just under $700. That is a steal for an international flight. These flights ended up being perfect for us with a 24 hour layover in Singapore each way. Yes, we had to pay for two nights hotel in Singapore but I loved that flight route and we got a chance to see two cities and take a break in between the flights. The flight from SF to Singapore was long as well, 15 hours! The flight from Singapore to Phuket was only 1 hr & 45 minutes. Singapore airlines was the best airline I’ve ever flown with – seriously. The food was great, we got four free checked bags (even though we only checked one), and the flight attendants were gorgeous. Don’t act like that doesn’t matter!
The hotel – We stayed at one of the top resorts in Phuket, Twinpalms Resort. It was breathtaking. When we arrived we were greeted with cold towels to combat the heat and humidity of the night. We were then given a welcome drink, mine was alcoholic and John’s was non alcoholic and we even got to pick our pillow type. You could choose a feathered down pillow, a foam microfiber pillow, or a pillow that had some sort of beads in it. I loved this touch!
The hotel had one large pool area. The pool was clean and gorgeous and the perfect temperature to cool you off without being too cold to get comfy in. The mornings in Thailand are so humid that we couldn’t even take photos because our cameras would fog up. After breakfast around 11 AM the humidity and mosquitoes would disappear and the pool would slowly begin to populate. Let the sunbathing begin! The service by the pool was slow but I didn’t mind that because it allows for more relaxation.
I recommend Twinpalms for those looking for a relaxing honeymoon or getaway. This hotel is very quiet…almost too quiet. They had an exotic fruit tasting every day from 3 PM – 4 PM but they need another event like some sort of cultural performances or live music on certain nights to liven things up. The pool stays open 24 hours and the restaurant stays open late, but these are the only things to do at the hotel. The hotel is located across the street from Surin Beach but it’s about five minute walk to the actual beach and after dark, we just ended up going back to our room most nights.
The Beaches – The Twinpalms hotel is located across the street from Surin beach but the hotel also has two shuttles that take guests to two different beaches where they own beach clubs. Their beach clubs offer great food, a bar, music and lounges with chairs. Catch Beach Club was our favorite located on Bang Tao Beach. This club had an adults only pool and a rinse station for sand. It had a great vibe and location on the beach. HQ Beach Club was located on Kamala Beach and the beach was more rocky but the views were lovely from this location. Phuket has so many freakin’ beaches on both sides of the island it’s hard to visit them all to appreciate their differences. The main differences in the Andaman sea compared to the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans are the temperature and color of the water. The water in Thailand is turquoise and warm like a bath!
The Food – There are two main rules that I have for Phuket. Don’t eat the street food, just don’t, it doesn’t even look good. Also, only drink water with large cylinder ice with the holes in it. All of the restaurants we visited were extremely nice with the exception of the hole in the wall Thai place next door to our hotel, but it was still delicious and we didn’t get sick. I’ll do a separate post about the restaurants we enjoyed because they were fantastic.
What to do – In life there are balances right? For example, John and I don’t eat meat anymore for cruelty and environmental reasons, however, when we posted about how we rode an elephant in Thailand someone on Facebook was offended. Really? We sacrifice deliciousness for the treatment of animals and saving the earth every day – don’t we deserve to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity of an elephant ride? Maybe that topic deserves a separate post? Anyhow, John and I had the best taxi driver while in Thailand. He took us to go Tiger Kingdom first. Yes, we did pet tigers. There is one rule as a black person when it comes to risking your life doing things you said you’d never do. If you get mauled or get your arm bitten off, you can’t complain. You put yourself in that position, so you better not cry – just play with the cards you’ve been dealt. Luckily, we’re still alive!
Petting a tiger was seriously one of the craziest and most exciting things I’ve ever done. Afterwards John asked our taxi driver if he knew where the elephants were, so he took us! There were two elephants owned by a large family who lived in huts on the grounds with the elephants. You can even take the elephants through the tropical trees on a 45 min minute ride but John and I are so impatient we just wanted a 10 minute ride around the facility. lol On one hand, I rode an elephant, on the other hand I just probably fed a family for the next two days
I refused to see the monkeys in Thailand because everyone told me it was a bad idea. Even the woman at the Immunization clinic stressed how dangerous it is so I convinced John not to go, I pet a tiger dammit!
Patong City! The downtown Patong area is a great area for shopping and it also has a mall but it really comes alive at night. Imagine Vegas on steroids! Lady boys dancing in clubs, walking down the street and being offered strip shows, and cheap liquor!
Thailand was amazing and I would definitely go back. There are so many other places I’d like to see in the meantime!
I’m sure I left out a lot here so ask me anything!