Phuket is the island in southern Thailand and gateway to pristine white beaches and island hopping. My first and last Thailand trip memories of Phuket rejuvenate my tired soul battered in fifteen months lockdown. Coincidentally, The Tourism Authority of Thailand has reopened Thailand, starting from Phuket as the pilot destination from 1 July 2021.
James Bond Island
Our journey in Phuket embarked from Royal Phuket Marina. I preferred a customized speedboat itinerary for island hopping in Phang Nga Bay – the first stop was James Bond Island. We loved being silly with the customary pose of pointing guns facing each other back.
Bamboo Island is a lesser-known among the Phi Phi islands. The crystal clear water, powder-white sand beach, and calmness must rejuvenate a one. Snorkeling is a must-do activity at the island, or feed a school of fish. Snorkeling gears are available with any renowned tour operator.
Koh Khai Nok
Koh Khai Nok is a tiny idyllic island, huge rocks poking out of the sea ringed by white sand and coral. A quick stopover for speedboats occurs during low tide, but the island goes underwater during high tide. We also took this opportunity to relish some dragon fruit and rejoicing nature.
Phi Le Lagoon
Phi Le Lagoon is an unbelievably natural emerald water inlet surrounded by limestone cliffs. Anchor the boat and dive into the water for floating around, snorkeling, or bask sun on the deck. I took out the chilled bottle of Singha and witnessed the madness everywhere.
The pinnacle of the island hopping was Maya Bay. High cliffs surround the 200 meters long white sand beach. The bay houses a big reef of colourful coral and exotic fish in clear water. The location saw thousands of tourists visit each day that damaged the marine ecosystem due to litter, boat engine fuel, and sun cream. Hence, Maya Bay was closed in June 2018 for marine ecosystem rejuvenation. It may open for tourists sometime in 2021.
Koh Rang Yai
Koh Rang Yai is a little paradise just 5 km away from the east coast of Phuket – our last stop of the day. The island has a pearl farm worth looking at if you have souvenirs on your mind. To our surprise, we found a pet peacock on the farm that opened its feather to welcome us.
On return to Phuket from island hopping, we spent the evening at Patong, witnessing the golden sunset. The beach got many options for watersports lovers.
The Karon Viewpoint situated on a hill gives the best panoramic view of the three beaches of Phuket. The azure water, white beaches, and deep-green hues enhance the canvas.
Wat Chalong is one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. We did stop by to show our gratitude and a wish to come back to Thailand soon.
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