“The traveller’s rush that hits you upon arrival to a new place is like a drug. And like a drug, the more you expose yourself to it, the more you want it.” – Clayton B. Cornell
Traveling to Phuket, Thailand was probably one of the most magical and soul satisfying experiences I have had in a while. Who knew that this beautiful country would capture a side of me that I never knew existed. It triggered something. Something special. And coming back I wasn’t the same.
My whole life I’ve loved traveling. The rush of being somewhere new and a world of possibilities being right in front of you is what I think life is all about. Putting yourself out of your comfort zone pushes you to grow, experience, and see something differently than what you’re used to. It makes you question who you are, what you believe in, and every aspect of you ordinary life. You think you know who you are and what you’re capable of but you don’t really know. Not until you face the challenge of being in another country, alone, unsure, determined, and ready to explore. This is the life I want to live. This is just another chapter in my Travel Diaries…
I had the opportunity to bring one person with me to Phuket so I brought my mom because I don’t know anyone else in this world that deserves it more than her.
Here’s a vlog from our trip:
Shop some of the pieces I wore:
In Phuket, Thailand we stayed at the wonderful Movenpick Bangtao Beach Resort! Truly breathtaking. If you don’t know where to stay in Phuket I highly recommend you stay here. It’s one of the very few resorts located on what is considered one of the best beaches in Phuket, Bangtao beach. We stayed in a 3 bedroom suite with an ocean view and it was absolutely spectacular.
The hospitality and amenities were amazing, and the food was probably my favorite part. Nothing new really. The food is fresh, delicious, and incredibly cheap! Here I am in New York sipping on my $10 freshly squeezed juice thinking it’s something special and the $2 juice in Phuket tasted like it was squeezed from God. No joke. What I also noticed is that coconut is also in a majority of the dishes, whether it’s coconut milk, oil, water, or the flesh itself. I am absolutely obsessed with anything coconut so I think that also definitely got me hooked.
To make the best of the five days that we were in Phuket I did a little bit of research beforehand on where to go and Phi Phi Island was at the top of almost every list. We did a half day getaway to Phi Phi Island on the 3rd day and the resort coordinated everything! I cannot even explain how beautiful it was… no words can do it justice. I will just let these photos speak for themselves:
- Don’t drink tap water. Stick to filtered water to avoid getting sick. Movenpick Resort offered complimentary bottled water and refreshed it daily in our room!
- They say the best time to come is December – August because September – November tends to be the wettest. We went at the end of September and two of the five days we were there it was raining non-stop. So I definitely suggest visiting outside of monsoon season so that you can explore more.
- You can exchange money at your hotel, at the airport, or at any exchange booth around town. Be aware that some places have fees and others don’t. We exchanged from USD to BAHT at the airport where we found an exchange booth with no fees! Major restaurants, hotels, stores etc. also accept credit cards but your bank often charges you a fee per transaction so that might add up if you’re not cautious.
- The sun is pretty strong whether it’s sunny or rainy so make sure to wear sunscreen to not burn!
- If you want a car to get around you can rent one from the airport. Most hotels can also set you up with a rental within an hour if you change your mind last minute and need one. Our resort offered us complimentary transportation to and from the airport and transportation to Phi Phi Island was covered in the excursion fee, so we didn’t find that we needed a car outside of that.