Part 2 of 6
My journey starts here.. the Quiet Night in Phuket Town…
I still can’t believe till this day that I managed going to Thailand by myself. Why?
Well, it’s not my first solo travel overseas, but Thailand is known for people trafficking <my friend at work gave me this heads-up, which is not what I wanted to hear>. Then another friend of mine told me that ladyboy there was fierce and didn’t like woman. So thinking that I would spend 9 days traveling solo in my first visit to Thailand just gave me the chill.. Exciting, scary, afraid, nervous mostly … all mixed up. But in the end, I won’t be able to write this journal if all didn’t go well.
- Day 1 Phuket, arrival
- Day 2 (part 1) Leaving Phuket for Koh Phi Phi
> Staying at Lub Sbuy Guest House, Phuket Town
Day 1 – Phuket, arrival
My flight arrived in Phuket Airport 10min earlier, around 8 pm.
Immigration process went smoothly, no visa-on-arrival required for Indonesian. I’ve known it but since I was still nervous with this trip, I asked the officer there just to get the answer I had known… so silly!!
Then I tried to check some stuffs in the Phuket Airport I read from other bloggers.. the stuffs that are essential for me too..
- Free SIM Card
I read that there would be a free SIM Card (provider: TRUE corp) distributed at the airport and it is true. They have a small stand in the baggage claim area but I didn’t take it. I heard their signal wasn’t good at Koh Samui / Koh Phangan.
- Ferry Ticket to Koh Phi Phi
I read that I could get a good bargain for oneway ticket to Koh Phi Phi for 400baht in the airport and it is also true. There are many travel counters just before the exit door. They offer 600baht for a one-way ticket include transfer from hotel to Ratsada Pier. I searched in the web that the ticket itself costs more than 400baht so it’s better to buy in the airport.
- Shared Minivan / Taxi Meter to Phuket Town
I read about this shared minivan and yeah, I found them there in front of exit gate. It is about 150baht to PhuketTown. But when I asked the agent, they said “Yes, we have. But it is long…. ” (waiting time) all the agents said the same. Probably going to Patong is faster. I tried to find Airport Bus but I think they had closed already. So I went to Taxi Meter counter, on the right side of exit door. After waiting for 30min due to raining, I got a Taxi to Phuket Town for 500baht. Expensive but I have no choice.
The journey to Phuket Town took about 40-50min. The taxi driver is very kind. He knows some Indonesian so I am not scare anymore. The street to Phuket Town reminds me of Bali, except the screwed-up electricity wires everywhere.. Wow, they really need to fix that!!
[picture of messed-up wires]
When I arrived at my hotel, I was so glad to find the cleanest dorm ever. Clean bathroom, clean lobby, clean toilet, clean room and fast wi-fi. There is lots of space in the room too for my luggage.
[picture of Lub Sbuy Guesthouse, Phuket Town]
I met a friend from US who stayed in the same dorm. She was just back from Koh Phi Phi and gave me all details about the island. I planned to go to Koh Phi Phi the next day and I was so grateful to her for that info and her map really helped me a lot!! She kinda guided me to find some stuffs at seven-eleven include One-2-Call Sim Card and dinner that day. Good to have a friend around in a place you don’t know.
[picture of One-2-Call Sim Card. I wish I cud keep this good number till my next visit. It’s so similar with my Indonesian number ^^ ]
Day 2 (part 1) – Leaving Phuket for Koh Phi Phi
I woke up early.. well, honestly I didn’t sleep that nite <my first sleepless nite>. Probably because the anxiety of the trip and afraid of missing my boat. I started the day packing my stuffs then tried to find breakfast at seven-eleven. The coffee is good!! I noticed that there were some items sold in Indonesia too.
[picture of Frissian Flag Milk/Indonesian dairy(?)]
After all the packing and breakfast finished and said goodbye to my US friend, I waited for my pick-up in the lobby. The agent in the airport said that they would pick me up around 8am for 8:30am ferry. They came on time.
Well, I guess that’s all for my trip journal to Phuket. I know it’s really a short visit. I barely know this town since it’s like a transit place. I would definitely return here though.. for another transit to Koh Phi Phi Island^^
Well, next stop is Koh Phi Phi Don
(usd 1 = Rp.10,000 = 30baht = 3rm)
- Damri Airport Bus Kp.Rambutan terminal – Airport : Rp.25,000
- Air Asia promo ticket Jakarta-Phuket : Rp.323,000 incl insurance, pick a seat and 15kg baggage
- Airport tax in Jakarta airport for international flight) : Rp.150,000
- Taxi Meter from Phuket Airport to Phuket Town : 500baht
- Hotel : Lub Sbuy Guesthouse in Phuket Town, usd7.82/bed in a 4-beds mixed dorm, fan + 200baht refundable deposit.
- Dinner at street vendor near bus terminal : Pad Sui for 50baht
- Sim card : Max 99 One-2-Call + 200baht top up ..
I used the 60baht package (*139#) for free 40SMS, 5MMS, 3Hrs GPRS
International SMS = 9baht/isms
- Drinks : water is about 16-20 baht for 50ml
- PhiPhi Cruise Boat ticket Phuket Town – Ratsada Pier – Koh Phi Phi : 600baht (Bought in airport).
Other chapters of this Trip Journal…
Part 3 : Second Stop : Koh PhiPhi, Thailand
Part 4 : Third Stop : Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand
Part 5 : Forth Stop : Koh Samui, Thailand
Part 6 : Fifth Stop : Penang, Malaysia