A Phuket excursion ...

I was quite excited when the cruise reached Phuket in the early morning. I woke up around 7am (8am Malaysian time) and while my family and I 'rushing' for the buffet breakfast at one of the restaurants, the sight of land and mountains calms my soul. It's been almost more than 15 hours on the sea and when I saw land, I never felt so good. I felt great!!

This was my first time to Phuket and though it's just a 6 hour excursion, I am looking forward to it. Our cruise ported near Patong beach and we have to take smaller boats to reached ashore. The boats came with the cruise and they called it 'tender boats'.

They also excited taking the 'tender' motor boat 

Busy Patong Beach ... lots of 'ang moh' there. Here's a pic of massage services held at the beach.

While on the excursion bus, I was busy snapping pixs around the island.

First stop, the popular Chalang temple in Phuket

Since I am a Christian, I decided to snap pictures around

The wat or temples are so beautiful 

Another design here 

One of the stalls my kids love ..cos there were lots of tidbits to feed their hungry stomach

Our tour bus

At 'Porntip', a mall selling Thai food products. It also happened to be Loykrathong day!

Taking pics around. The inside of Phuket town is very much like  small towns in Malaysia. Even the traffic lights and roads are similar as well as the traffic.

Back to the vibrant Patong Beach streets. As evening drawn by, hawkers and eateries beginning to open.

It's a bustling place!

Great to walk around there like the crowd and say hi to the thai girls ....:P

Sounds like Jonker walk ?

It seems like they are preparing for the water splashing Loykrathong day at night. Too bad I gotta be on board in the evening!

Back to idyllic Patong beach. There were a few race boats here. I wonder some event taking place soon ? 

After the tour, my kids having a good time at the beach before boarding the boats back to the cruise.

Patong Beach

My favourite shot of the day, with the cruise in the background.

It's Sunset ....

Another pix of Patong beach

The jetty ......ready to go back

Turn behind to take one more shot of Patong beach

Since my kids were with us, my wife and I decided not to go for island hopping or water activities at the islands nearby like phi phi and James Bond island. We decided to take the Island tour which brought us around town and sight-seeing, as well as shopping. It was a plesant trip and I fall in love with Phuket girls. The Thai were so friendly to us tourists. I guess I make a longer trip in the future.


  1. Really look like a small town in Malaysia, hehe...

    1. Sharon - I thought I am still in Malaysia then.

  2. Not quite a family destination. Come Sibu, a lot better. Cuti-cuti Malaysia.

  3. Cleffairy - Those are the famous ones in Phuket.

  4. STP - ok , Will visit Sibu some day.

  5. Never been to Phuket before, the beaches there are so famous and beautiful!

    1. Those nearby islands are even more beautiful. I hope I can go there some other time.

  6. Never been to Phuket before but it does not look like Thai leh LOL

  7. Your photos are so lovely and exciting. I love to visit Phuket again.

  8. If given a choice I'd go for Cruise to Nowhere. Just sail to the sea and back as these destinations are not very suitable for little kids. There's nothing much they can do there they might as well just spend their time on board the cruise.

    1. Merryn - I agree with you and that's why I go for a kid friendly tour. Anyway, it's a waste not to go offshore since you are already there as well as I have been to Phuket before.