The monsoon season in South Asian region stretches between the months of June and September. Monsoon is like the lifeblood for agricultural based country like India. Thus, it is quite welcoming to most of the population in this country. However, due to the drastic global climatic changes happened in last few decades, the susceptibility of monsoon season, instead causing a drought like situation or floods is getting much higher every year.
Wise people, thus, avoid planning for a tour or vacation in this season, especially to South Asian countries, as such. Our troop comprising of 4 adults, 1 young kid and 2 infants, however, dared not to stop their feet and in the state of uncertainty, but with some hope, landed straight on to the land of smiles, Thailand from India in the middle of August, when it was the peak monsoon season all across the Thailand.
Fingers crossed and with wide smiles on our faces, we spent seven beautiful and cherish-able days of our life, there.
Phuket, Thailand :
Landed Phuket on 19.08.2018 on sheer rainy morning. As the phrase goes, ‘god helps those who helps themselves’, the enthusiasm, wittiness and of course, the prayers of our well wishers, cleared the sky off the unpleasant clouds and throughout our three days stay in Phuket, we could enjoy cheerful, warm and pleasant weather to capture the moments of joy and happiness all along.
Covered places and destinations :
Wat Chalong Temple : It is the largest and most revered temple of Phuket’s temples. Entry timing : 7 am to 5 pm. Entry fee : free. Dress code: Covered shoulders, knees and belly button. Lol !! My shorts fell little shorter though.
Big Budha : Situated on the top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata. It offers the best 360 degree views of the Island (fantastic sightseeing of Phuket town, Kata beach, Karon beach, Chalong bay and even Phi Phi Island). Also, it provides one of the best spots for capturing the sunset in Thailand.
Patong beach : Patong area in itself offers an ideal place to party and play with its bustling nightlife which includes hundreds of restaurants, beer bars, go go bars and of course night clubs. The beach at the same time is nice and gentle to play and smin in water, even with your kid. Regret to find the water a lot dirtier than Surin beach and really felt hopeless to encounter plastic wastes floating with the waves which was very disheartening.
Bang Tao beach : The tree-lined shore with eye-catching blue and aqua green appearing sea water and slivery white fine textured sand were great to experience. The shore was covered with beautiful conch shells which drove me crazy. I collected some handful of shells for carrying them home. This beach is the second longest beach on Phuket’s west coast after Mai Khao Beach. The tides here were little aggressive than Patong beach.
Karom viewpoint and Promthep Cape viewpoint : Driving towards the south coastline, we enjoyed the beautiful landscapes and jaw dropping views of the coastlines towards Karom viewpoint which is one of the most frequented viewpoints in Phuket providing perfect bird eye view of Kata Noi and Karon beaches and a look directly towards the Andaman Sea. After capturing some pics of the sight, we moved ahead alongside the coastline to catch up the sunset at Promthep Cape viewpoint. The look from the hilltop, looking towards the sea end meeting the horizon with couple of green islands in between were breath taking. As we were snapping pictures and enjoying the beauty, waiting eagerly for witnessing the sunset, suddenly, the weather turned its facet and finally on the third day, it started to drizzle.
Jungceylon Mall : The gigantic mall with 200 plus stores situated in the Patong area, diagonally opposite the Bangla road offers a variety of dining, leisure, shopping option and some fun activity to taper the day long exertion in a happy mood.
Phi Phi Islands :
From Rassada Pier, we boarded big boat for the Phi Phi Islands. The ride on the magnificent big boat was thrilling and adventurous. The sights of the dramatic sea cliffs in the middle of the ocean were mesmerizing. After two hours ride, our boat came at the dock. We really had crunch of time to explore the island so we marched straight to Ko Phi Phi beach and enjoyed swimming in the extensive swimming zone away from the shore. I collected lots and lots of conch shells and corals for fun.
For exquisite exploration of the Phi Phi Island and its godly beaches like, Maya beach, Monkey beach, Bamboo beach and so on, minimum two days stay is a must, however, we ran severe shortage of time, as we had our flight to Bangkok, the other day.
So, after witnessing the serenity and beauty of nature in Phuket and Phi Phi Islands, we flew to Bangkok city for spending another three days of our vacation.
Bangkok, Thailand :
Definitely, after an impressive and extensive stay in the middle of the nature, landing on the heart of the metropolitan city was not so rewarding at once. But, the reverberating beauty of the temples, grand palace, Asia’s top shopping malls and other beautiful attractions filled up the gap.
Covered places :
Pratunam Market : A treasure trove of clothes, textiles, fashion accessories and handmade crafts at cheap, wholesale prices, maks it a very busy market popular with locals.
The Grand Palace : A must visit site that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, is the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark.
Siam Paragon mall : One of the largest shopping malls in Thailand and South East Asia, Siam Paragon houses several hundred of luxury stores, restaurants, coffee shops, a large food court and entertainment as 4DX movie theaters, Sea life Ocean world and Kidzania
Siam Ocean world : It provides the sight of impressive and beautiful marine animals from close up.
MBK Shopping center : MBK in the Siam area is a busy shopping center with a market feel. While MBK is not as glitzy and upmarket as neighboring Siam Paragon, prices are lower. Countless stalls and small shops can be seen cramped in every corner, nook and cranny selling mainly fashion accessories, beauty products, electronics, jewelry, souvenirs, handicrafts, shoes, handbags, phones, DVDs, cameras and gadgets.
I must not forget mentioning the tuk-tuk ride which was once everyone’s favorite way of getting around Bangkok before the BTS, MRT and colourful Taxis. I personally had the feel of literally flying in a rikshaw with zoom zoom noise around, found quite interesting !!
I personally tasted delicious Thai food, like, noodles, spring roles, donuts, mango dumpling, breads, rice cakes, avocado veggie sushi and much more. My taste buds were delighted with the flavors of Thai cuisine and delicacies.
So, having briefed about the trip, the places we visited and the mercy of monsoon bestowed on us during our week long memorable trip, here, I wrap my travel diary to Thailand. Till then, bye, take care and have a nice day !!