As I've said before, one of the major benefits of living in HK is the amazing getaways that only take a matter of hours to fly to. As soon as a long weekend arrives, you can bet that pretty much everyone is making the most of that time and jetting off to the paradises that surround us. Unlike the UK, 2 week holidays ain't really a thing, but if i'm honest they aren't really necessary, after all, we do already live in a tropical climate.
This year, we decided to escape to Thailand for CNY in February, and spent 4 nights in Kamala, Phuket. Now, this was the second time I had been to Phuket so I'd already done the whole island hopping thing...This time was for zoning out (believe me, we needed it!). I guess when people come all the way from Europe to go to Thailand they have a much more backpacker-esque holiday...This is just not the case when you're having a well deserved break from HK and just wanna chill the f*** out. So on that note, if you are looking for a relaxing and refreshing getaway, here's how we done it.
What to Do
Book a resort: If you want complete relaxation, then take advantage of the amazing deals you can get at the luxe resorts in Thailand. I think everyone goes with this idea of stretches of gorgeous empty beaches...good luck finding that! Most are very much developed now, and still by all means stunning, but for your own little bubble of paradise, go to a resort. We opted to stay at a quieter beach of Phuket, Kamala, in the Cape Sienna Resort, and we are so happy we did! Patong is far from relaxing and does not reflect that idyllic Thai beach image you picture in your mind. Great for a party holiday, yes, but not for a luxe break (I've done a girls holiday there and also just had to show Graham Bangla Road, kind of a must see). Cape Sienna did not disappoint! Stunning sea views, gorgeous spacious rooms, an amazing infinity pool and perhaps one of the most romantic dining spots I've ever experienced at the hotels Plum restaurant. So. Heavenly.
Beaches: Yes the beaches are a bit busier than what you might expect, but that's not to say don't go to them! They are busy for a reason. The beach we stayed beside, Kamala, was definitely quieter and was really quite a long stretch of beach. We only took a walk down to it once and if I'm honest there wasn't a whole lot on offer in the way of food or must see's. Nice relaxing day all the same, but Kamala is definitely more about the resorts. Surin beach, I loved! Still quite a lot of people, but there's a much more hip vibe and better dining options around. And oh maaan that sunset! I have never seen a more beautiful sunset so I can't recommend going to experience that enough. Patong beach...hmm, well that's another story. It's far from relaxing and let's just say it's not my cup of tea and I don't really understand why you would choose to be there when there is MUCH nicer beaches so close by. We also found a little beach by our hotel called Hua beach and there was literally no one there! So, if you are in Kamala it's definitely worth checking out because an empty beach is rare.
Eat: It's no secret that Thailand has incredible food, so eating well is not a difficult task (nor an expensive one!). To me, eating is a HUGE part of my holiday experience (well life experience may be more accurate) so I tend to take my dining choices seriously. Obviously, we ate a Plum, in Cape Sienna, and I really do recommend this if you can get to it easily. The food was gorgeous which was of course important, but it was the outdoor sunken booth with 270° views of nothing but ocean. So. Damn. Romantic. There's so many Thai food options by the beaches and it's kinda hard to differentiate between them, but they make perfect little lunch spots and still offer up delicious Thai food. Another food favourite of mine was visiting Phuket Town and Phuket Weekend Market. In the the town, we went to China Inn for lunch, an old restored building in the town which just oozed charm. The place was filled with Chinese and Thai artefacts and furniture, with a rather quaint outdoor dining area. The menu is Thai, tasty and simple, with a real home cooked taste. Now the weekend market, I don't even know where to begin! This is a foodies paradise. So much street food at insanely cheap prices. It's safe to say I ate way too much here but hey, if there's anywhere to indulge, it's here. There is hundreds of stalls, offering absolutely anything you can think of, and some of the most delicious desserts in existence. We had just had a savoury lunch, so I had a strong craving for sweet, of which I definitely satisfied with the best mango sticky rice, sweet roti (oh my god I still dream about that roti!) and klepon (rice, coconut and palm sugar balls).
Day Trips: As I've said, this particular trip wasn't about island hopping as I've done that before, but I do recommend it if it's your first time. There are many places offering trips to Phi Phi, Maya and James Bond Island so it's incredibly easy to come by. Yes, these places are VERY touristy, but this is because they are bloomin' beautiful! This time, we deiced on a visit to Phuket Town and I am really glad we did. A visit to the town is often overlooked to escape to the islands and beaches, so I do urge you to go and visit as it is beautifully quaint with colourful Sino-Portuguese architecture, many coffee shops, galleries and fantastic little restaurants with lots of culture and history. Oh so very hipster. Just outside of Phuket Town is where the Weekend market is held, and besides from the food here, there is also so much more being sold. I took this opportunity to buy heaps of jewellery, my favourite market stall finds, and there is also lots of other great market finds here.
A room with a view!
Sienna Rocks at Cape Sienna Bikini H&M
Plum at Cape Sienna - An unforgettable dining experience ,watching the sun go down over the ocean. Jumpsuit H&M
Cape Sienna Wearing a Cotton On Playsuit and H&M hat
We spent A LOT of time here, but can you blame us? Note to self, get that stomach back.
Plum at Cape Sienna
Sienna Rocks Infinity Pool
Oh Thailand. I could never tire of this ocean view.
Kamala- Salty hair and without a care.
Phuket Town wanders.
China Inn - Phuket Town
Phuket Market - Banana stand (too tempted to make an Arrested Development joke)
Surin Beach as the sun begins to set.
Surin beach - The sunsets of all sunsets. Just incredible!
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