All good things have to come to an end I suppose! Even as I wrap up these blog entries it does feel like it has gone by really quickly but what an adventure with Jia it has been.
Despite this being our last day we made sure we made the most of it. After breakfast we went back to our suite for our last swim around the infinity pool. However it was freaking cold today because I guess the sun hadn’t heated it up yet and dark clouds were rolling in. Apparently some sort of tropical storm was moving up from Vietnam.
Goodbyes to Jia
My flight out to Phuket was before Jia’s and at 2:30 so we arranged to get out of the hotel at around noon. We arranged transport with the Conrad so we got dinged pretty hard. I think it was around 1200 baht. Yikes.
After we checked into our respective flights we walked towards my gate and said farewell. Epic 2.5 or 3 still ahead?
Flight to Phuket
The flight to Phuket was short but very good with Bangkok Airways as usual. I was impressed with the fact that no matter how short the flight is they always provide full meal service. Bomb!
Once I arrived in Phuket I made sure I ignored all the hawkers near the gate asking if I needed a taxi and went straight to the taxi stand outside and to the right. However just like in Koh Samui they totally seemed to ignore the fact that they’re supposed to be metered. I kept asking the guys about wanting a metered taxi but instead they asked where I was going and started negotiating prices. Luckily I knew how much the going rate was and was able to negotiate 500 baht to go to the Hilton.
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
I totally passed out in the cab while the taxi driver drove like a maniac. About 45 minutes later I arrived at the front gate lobby of the hotel. The hotel is so huge though that you have to then take another trolley to the real lobby. I think the entire hotel is composed of 4 separate buildings that are adjoined by walkways and various paths so its pretty massive. Check in was pretty easy at the HHonors desk. I even got a small bouquet of flowers lol. I was escorted to the room which was a modest sized room but nothing special. After the lady left I unpacked and decided to check out the balcony.
What happened next was pretty embarrassing. When I went onto the balcony I closed the sliding door behind me to keep the bugs out. I took a few photos and when I was done tried to get back in but was LOCKED OUT. At this point I had a mini panic attack. I tried yanking it free but somehow the locking mechanism engaged itself and I was stuck. I looked around and found a few people down below cleaning the floor. I yelled out to them but it was pretty far so I could only play charades with them. I wasn’t sure if they figured it out but they started counting rooms and floors to figure out where I was at. About 20 minutes later and several more tries of charades later they finally sent someone into my room. They let me in while simultaneously laughing at me and then proceeded to ask me if I was with anyone else. I said I was the only one and they seemed puzzled, laughed some more and then left. I inspected the sliding door again and I still couldn’t figure out how the heck that happened.
Anyways I got settled in and figured out what I wanted to do for the rest of the afternoon and evening. I knew that happy hour (i.e. free food to turn into a meal) at the lounge was going on so I brought my laptop and camera and chilled up there until the sun fully went down.
I wasn’t too full afterwards so I thought it’d be cool just to walk around the Karon Beach area. I picked out a restaurant but I soon realized that this was in a totally different beach – Kata Beach. I checked out a bunch of souvenir shops along the way and checked out the local scenery. There and back took almost 2 hours so by the time I got back to my hotel room (I got takeaway), it was already 9:30.
I started to think about next day’s diving and got a littler nervous…but no matter…I’d figure out all that stuff tomorrow.
- Forget about getting metered taxis in Phuket. Do your research beforehand if you’re going somewhere far or ask the hotel first.
- Breakfast @ the Conrad Koh Samui
- Infinity pool
- Transport to the Koh Samui airport
- Flight to Phuket with Bangkok Airways
- Transport to the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
- Sunset at the lounge
- Dinner takeout at Eightfold Restaurant
Check out the next day
To read about the next day as I complete my first two open water dives in Phuket, head over to Day 28 – Phuket – Open Water Dives 1 and 2
Curious what else I did on my trip to Asia? See the full itinerary and all 89 days.