Hey guys! Hope you all had a great weekend. As promised, here’s the continuation of my Honeymoon recap….
Day 8: The Phi Phi Islands wore us completely out. We were way too beat to hit the streets as we normally did. In fact, we skipped breakfast, and found ourselves heading out at 1:30 in the afternoon. We scanned the area for a good place to eat. At this point, we had so many great run-ins with choosing restaurants that we were convinced there wasn’t a place we wouldn’t like. We hopped on the bike and found a spot about a mile up that served great food (no surprise there). Still fatigued, we decided to head back to the villa to rest our bodies and maybe watch a movie (that’s if it didn’t end up watching us). After a few hours, we went back out in search of some ice cream. We didn’t have much luck with that, however, we came across a pier at a nearby beach just as the sun was setting. The view was beautiful and it was the perfect note to end on.
Hat & Dress- Asos, Bag & Sandals- Zara (Similar options below)
Day 9: We didn’t get a chance to utilize the pool at the first villa, so this was designated as our chill pool day. Sometimes when you’re on vacation you find yourself so busy trying to fit in all the touristy things that you end up needing a vacation from your vacation (LOL!). After breakfast, we changed into our swim gear and did absolutely nothing but relax. I hate that initial cold feeling of entering a pool, however, there was none of that. The pool was perfectly aligned with the sun allowing for a smooth transition.
Swimsuit- Asos (similar options below)
Once dinner time arrived, we did our usual and found ourselves at the cutest little restaurant. It was lit all around with hanging lights offering up a romantic vibe. We both agreed the pad thai from there was the best we had in Thailand (trust, we had our fare share to be able to judge).
Day 10: With Thailand being known for it’s spectacular views, we set out to see the #1 viewpoint in Phuket, Promthep Viewpoint. We walked up what felt like it was the Great Wall of China. Once we reached the top, we were greeted with a gorgeous panoramic view of the Island. What a sight to see! From the Phi Phi Islands to this, God was showing out! We took in everything to our hearts content and went off to another night of restaurant hopping. We found ourselves at Shaker’s Restaurant, which was a total hit! Every single thing on the menu was scrumptious. Needless to say, we conked out as soon as we got back to the villa.
Day 11: Since we were nearing the end of our trip, we opted for another chill day at the villa. This time, we scheduled an in-house massage. Arvens was not going to leave Thailand without getting another round. We had been ripping and running so much our bodies were in need of another. After the stellar massage, we prepped ourselves to watch Fast & Furious 8 at the movie theatre. We found a theatre inside Central Festival (a popular mall) that offered the movie in English. I was uber excited to head to my first international movie theatre.
Everything about our movie going experience was quite similar, except for the part where we had to stand for the national anthem and salute the King. The movie was really good. I left feeling content about the experience overall. By the time we got out the theatre the mall was closed. Either way, we had an early rise the next morning, and jetted out to rest up for our busy morning.
Day 12: On our last day, we arose at the crack of dawn to ride out to our pick up location to go to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. I did not want to leave Thailand without experiencing the majestic animal. In Thailand elephants are revered as sacred animals; they are the national animal of the country. Throughout our stay we saw statues of elephants everywhere. Aside from the typical, buddhist shrines, elephant adorned shrines where locals would enter for prayer were plenty. All in all, the elephant is a huge deal.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by our enthusiastic tour guide, Kay. The tour had morning and afternoon options which was really nice because full day tours can be taxing on the body. It also left us with the rest of our day to get into other things.
After giving us the run down of our morning, and a brief history of the three elephants on site, we began preparing large baskets of bananas and watermelons to feed them. There were two adult elephants and one baby elephant. The adults weighed over a ton. Though intimidating in size, they were sweet and docile as we fed them.
The most exciting part for me was getting in the mud bath with them. Arvens opted out, but I was not going to miss any bit of the experience and got down and dirty with them. I felt like a kid as they filled their trunks with the muddy water and sprayed us playfully. From there, we moved on to clean water to rid ourselves of all the mud; the elephants had a ball rolling around in the water. After we cleaned up, we sat in the common area for a Thai buffet. Arvens is obsessed with Asian food, so imagine his excitement of having access to all things Thai the entire trip? I for one, was not mad at it. We were in heaven!
The tour ended at close to noon which was right on time. We got dropped off at our bike and head straight back to the villa to rest up from all the activities. Once ready to get back in the groove, we went to Phuket town to visit the weekend market and grab souvenirs for our loved ones. What an exhausting experience! Even though it was an outdoor market, the score of people made it feel like it was 1000 degrees. We tried our best to be fast with it and get out, but it was no easy feat.
Once done, we rode out to Shaker’s for our last dinner date in Thailand. Our trip had come to an end. We were not going to leave without indulging in some good ole Thai one last time. You can never go wrong with pad thai, so I decided it was going to be my last Thai meal. It was so good I could almost taste it as a type! For dessert I had their mango sorbet which was all types of good. I was surprised Arvens didn’t go for it as well since he bought mangos at local markets just about everyday. We were so exhausted, but still had the daunting task of packing for our flight the next day. I sucked it up and packed up everything before bed. It was a wrap!
Day 13: Our flight wasn’t until noon so we rode out for breakfast at our regular spot for one last time and stopped at another restaurant we frequented to bid the owner farewell. Everyone was so nice to us. Thailand was a marvelous experience. Our time there was well spent. We were ready to go home. After breakfast, we scheduled a pick up for our trusty bike that allowed us to experience the best of Phuket (truly a great decision). The taxi was there an hour early waiting for us to check out. We gathered our belongings, took in the sights one last time, and bid Thailand adieu. Arvens and I both agreed it was a trip we would never forget.
Hope you all enjoyed my recap. More so, I hope you all make your way to Thailand at some point to see the beauty of the country for yourselves! It’s a must go!