My husband and I are back from what was undoubtedly an epic honeymoon! Thailand was nothing short of amazing! Hence, why this is a two part post- no way I could fit all that goodness in one! Our flight was a total of 20 hours with two stops in Dubai and Bangkok. From Bangkok, we took a 1 hour flight to Phuket, our final destination. For lodging, we stayed in two different villas in Phuket for our two week stay; it was nice to switch up the scenery whilst there. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the villa staff. It was a gorgeous pad equipped with a swimming pool.
Day 1: I did my best to stay awake as much as possible on the plane ride since I knew we were arriving at night. I didn’t want to waste any time adjusting to the time change (it helped). Our first order of business was to fetch some breakfast. We found a great location right across from our villa that served American style breakfast (my absolute fav). There, I indulged in the most amazing banana pancakes (as much as I’m obsessed with banana pancakes, it fell right in my lap!). We became regulars there and another great spot down the road, for breakfast. It’s true what they say, Thailand is super inexpensive. A lavish breakfast or dinner was never more that $22 TOTAL for the both of us. Our routine most days was wake up, get breakfast, then come back and plan our day.
Our first outing was to visit the Big Buddha, one of the most revered landmarks on the island that sits on top of a hill. Once we reached the top, we could see a gorgeous view of the entire island. There were monks worshipping in the temple on site. The architecture and art work were unmatched. On our way back it was 3pm there and 2am at home, my body literally crashed during the cab ride back to the villa. I woke up just in time for our first dinner, of course I went with pad thai. I had been anticipating it for so long and was happy to finally get a taste. As you can imagine, pad thai in the states ain’t got nothing on what we had access to.
Outfit: Asos Akasa Printed jumpsuit (sold out)
My handsome hub!
Day 2: The villa staff convinced us to rent a motorbike as it would give us a more organic experience and save on taxi fare. We were both extremely hesitant, but Arvens was on his YOLO mode and said, “let’s go for it”! Best decision ever (minus several induced heart attacks)! We took our first ride out to Tiger Kingdom. Let me rewind and fill you in on the fact that it was Thailand’s New Year that day (aka Songkran) and to celebrate, they soak ANYONE in sight with buckets/tubs of water. Meaning, the entire 30 minute ride to Tiger Kingdom we got dumped on almost every block. Arvens did his best to dodge them, but it was merely impossible with the crowds of people who lined both sides of the road. Can’t say it was convenient, but it was absolutely an awesome cultural experience!
Songkran made the ride to Tiger Kingdom seem so long. Once we arrived, we had to take a minute to dry off. Good thing it was scorching outside so, it really didn’t take much time. It was hilarious to witness the employees soak each other with water hoses whilst at work. How cool is that to have a holiday where you can legally soak each other in front of customers and not get reprimanded, lol?!
I was excited to be there, but once I saw those menacing tigers pacing with such vigor, my confidence dwindled almost immediately. I swear the gatekeeper had to practically drag me into the cage (Arvens had a field day with that one). Once I was in, I felt the fear, but proceeded towards the tiger with extreme caution. The trainers kept wanting me to do all sorts of the things with the tiger and I just refused. I mean, can you blame me? I certainly didn’t come all the way to Thailand on my honeymoon to get mauled by a tiger. Once I was out of the cage I felt such a strong sense of accomplishment! I was so proud of myself for facing that fear, better yet, live to tell the story. Ha! But really, I compared it to all the things many of us fear that aren’t life or death that keep us from our true destiny, but that’s a story for another day. After we visited the tigers, we enjoyed the go carts at a facility next door. It was a great thriller to add to our day.
Day 3: Arvens was dead set on trying out the traditional Thai breakfast, dim sum, small bite sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets. We woke up bright and early and rode out to a restaurant that had a variety of options. We had various steamed buns filled with chicken, fish, sweet potato, etc. It can also be accompanied with a fried egg plate, which was really good. I loved being able to get a taste of their traditional breakfast.
After breakfast, we visited Nai Harn beach which was very close to our villa. It was just beautiful! The sun drained us, as it did most of our trip, so we went home to take a much needed nap. When we woke up, we hit the road again to have dinner with some friends who were also there from Boston in the Patong beach area. Many may not know this, but I hate crowds, especially rowdy ones. I’d say Patong beach is definitely their Sin City.
Outfit: H&M wide leg jumpsuit (sold out)- Similar below
Day 4: While we were at Tiger Kingdom, we got solicited to view a presentation for a free trip to Phi Phi Island. Visiting the Phi Phi Islands was one of our top things to do as you cannot go to Thailand without visiting, it’s a must! It was nothing different from the typical timeshare presentation where they try to lure you in. We endured the 90 minute presentation to reign in on our free trip!
The presentation was in the Patong beach area, so we went to Bangla walking street and ate lunch at an amazing restaurant. The best pad thai and spring rolls, ever! After, we walked the strip and stopped for a fish pedicure. It was the first for both of us. Weird feeling, but again, glad to experience it.
Day 5: We had been told that Thai massages were painful, but the way to go. I was a bit apprehensive, but it seems the reoccurring theme of our honeymoon was YOLO, so I went for it, and it wasn’t half bad.
That evening, we had dinner at the Small Viewpoint Restaurant, a restaurant situated at a viewpoint which was breathtaking! It was the perfect setting for a romantic dinner and the food was to die for! I was raving about spring rolls before, but try chicken spring rolls (so good we ordered a second round)!
Day 6: We transitioned into the second villa we rented. Though we loved our first villa, we both agreed we loved this villa the most. Our first villa was located in a central location, which was great because it helped us get acquainted with the area. The second was only 10 minutes away, but in a secluded area, which felt like the countryside. Arvens became quite the expert at navigating his way around. We also had google maps at our disposal for getting around, but locally, he had us covered.
Once we settled in, we took a nap, and woke up to fetch food per usual. We stumbled across an Indian Thai restaurant which was delicious. The great thing is that we tried restaurants on a whim daily, and were never disappointed.
Day 7: Our much anticipated trip to the Phi Phi Islands was finally here! We woke up at the crack of dawn to meet the driver that would take us to the port because we were not about to miss our free trip to paradise! Once we arrived to the port at Royal Phuket Marina Bay, we were grouped with our awesome tour guide, Sonny. The tour included stops at 3 different islands, 2 snorkeling locations, buffet lunch (thai of course), and a stop at Monkey Island where the monkeys dominate. It was for sure, the biggest highlight of our trip. I’ve never seen Arvens so content; all he wanted to do was live in the gorgeous crystal blue waters. There truly are no words to describe the immense beauty that we were able to lay eyes on, so I’ll let you see for yourself in the images below:
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