It was an early start for us, got changed and straight to breakfast as we had church to attend. We managed to get the same taxi driver as last time since he already knew where to take us. The traffic was already starting to build up since it was a weekday but we managed to reach Old Phuket Town in time. He patiently waited for us until around 10:30am. After church, we asked to be dropped at Jungceylon Mall for our last minute shopping spree. We were to fly out the next day already and so we wanted to make sure we had enough souvenirs to bring back to Melbourne. Lunch time came and we ended up at the same Japanese restaurant as the night before. I ordered the gyudon (beef rice bowl) and Wifey had the tonkatsu (breaded pork). The gyudon was delicious, one of the best ones I’ve had.
Upon returning to our hotel room, we immediately changed to our swimming gear and went straight to the pool to cool off. Back to relaxing mode once again. I couldn’t complain. The pool toys provided us some amusement for a while. A courtesy fruit platter was very refreshing.
Dinner was back at the Crocodile Pool Bar; consisted of a large marinara pizza, satay chicken skewers and deep fried prawns and chips with coconut juice and a pineapple smoothie. We devoured – yes, devoured the food while we watched the day turn into night. A stroll on the beach was the perfect way to end the evening.
Last (Half) Day
It was time to go home. We only had a few hours left at the resort and so after breakfast, we used our time to explore areas of the resort we had never been to. Walking along Nalakay Beach we spotted the pier, stretched across towards the bay. There was a lone guard sitting on a chair at the foot of the pier. This would have been one of the loneliest job at the resort since there was hardly any foot traffic at all. Well, we were the only ones there. He gave us a smile as we walked past. The pier gave us a decent view of the beach and the resort. It was a perfect spot for a ‘selfie’ :).
It was definitely time to go home. We said our goodbyes to our very hospitable Filipino hotel staff at the reception. The same taxi driver picked us up from Thavorn and drove us to the airport. He told us to contact him if ever we come back to Phuket. Before checking in, we decided to have some lunch first. The airport was quite small and the selection of restaurants were limited. I was however sold by fried chicken at Chester’s Grill, two pieces of ‘KFC’ style crispy chicken with chips and a drink. It was a pretty decent feed on the go. After checking in, we made our way to the gate and waited for our plane to arrive. TIP: Make sure you buy all your souvenirs before you reach the airport as the prices can go up, sometimes even double than want you can get at the markets or street stalls.
Overall, I would rate our Phuket trip 4 out 5. Apart from the island tour which was close to disaster, everything else was great. We tasted delicious authentic thai food and experienced staying at a modern and a traditional resort. Our plan was to relax and that is what we did (in the last few days anyway). There were still plenty of things to do and places to explore so we would definitely come back, if not in Phuket but another part of Thailand. 🙂
Thanks for reading and see you again on our next adventure!