My husband and I recently got married, and we chose to spend our honeymoon in Thailand.
We generally go away every year before Christmas for a relaxing vacation before the busy holiday season. Last year, we spent our vacation in Costa Rica where we got engaged on the beach. It was such a memorable experience for us, but this year we chose to head somewhere internationally.
I was looking for a tropical paradise to relax and enjoy some shopping while on our honeymoon, and my husband being a big foodie suggested Thailand. This was an easy choice for us both as it seemed to offer a little of everything we were looking for.
This was my first time traveling internationally, and I was looking forward to submersing myself in the local culture and enjoying everything that Thailand had to offer. We spent the first few days of our honeymoon in Bangkok before making our way down to Phuket.
Things to do in Phuket, Thailand:
Phuket is a fairly big city. We spent the majority of our honeymoon around the Patong area. Patong Beach itself is really pretty. There’s a great beach area for sun tanning, and lots of shops and restaurants across the way.
A popular tourist destination in the Patong area is Bangla Road. This is considered the Thai version of Las Vegas, with lots of bars along this roadway. At night, they block off the road and the bars and roadway fills up with parents. It’s an interesting experience walking down the roadway, and if you’re looking to try some roasted bugs, this is where you’ll find the bug lady. She strolls through the bars with a cart selling different kinds of roasted bugs. My husband was so excited to find her, and tried several different bugs.
On one of our free days we rented a tuk tuk to take us an hour south to Karon where the Big Buddha is. This Buddha is an impressive size and well worth the trip. The temple below the Buddha was under construction while we were there, but it was still a great experience. After exploring the Big Buddha, we had our tuk tuk driver drop us off at Karon Beach for the afternoon. This is another beautiful beach area and we enjoyed an amazing dinner at Pranee Seafood just across from the beach.
One of the most amazing foodie places we had dinner at was the Halfway Inn. It’s rated one of the top restaurants on Trip Advisor for the Patong area. You get huge and delicious portions of food for a great price. The owners, Dave and Nan, even came out and chatted with us before setting off on their own date night. They are a very nice couple.
Travel tip: we used Trip Advisor to plan most of our trip. It’s great to get first hand feedback from other travelers on food, attractions, and shopping places.
One thing we didn’t get to do while in Phuket was take a guided tour of Old Phuket Town. We ran out of time, but this was definitely something on my list I wanted to check out.
Travel tip: Speak with your Concierge about travel tips and information around town. After our stay in Phuket, we spent some time on Phi Phi Island. I booked our ride to the ferry terminal and ferry passes online, but after speaking with our Concierge, he recommended a more convenient and affordable way of getting to Phi Phi Island. At that point it was already too late, as I had booked our travel already. I learned this for the next time we travel; speak with your Concierge for handy travel tips and information.
Where to stay in Phuket:
I really enjoyed staying on the west side of Phuket. If you’re looking for a spectacular vacation rental, Villa Yang is a stunning secluded property in a great location.
Phuket is an amazing place that will leave a lasting impression on your heart. Make Phuket your next Time & Place destination. Contact their reservations team to book your Thai vacation. They look forward to making your experience unforgettable with a luxury vacation home.
About the Author
Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, BC. Michelle has spent the past 6 years on various road trips across North America. She’s road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog, www.roadtripblogger.com, showcasing highlights from her random road trip adventures.