Over the holidays, Marc and I were fortunate enough to have the time to travel to Phuket, Thailand. We knew he would have a break around Christmas, but we weren’t sure how long it would be or when, but Marc has been talking about going on a beach vacation since last season so we knew that’s what we want. I – on the other hand – wanted to go somewhere with great food and a little culture to experience. Thailand fit both of those categories, so we booked a flight + hotel package online on Kamala Beach. The area was just close enough to the crazy tourist stuff in Patong and just a taxi ride away from lots of other great sights and things to do.
The first day was a little overcast, so we went for a walk along the beach and stopped at Boom Bar for lunch. Kamala Beach is great because it has all these little beachfront restaurants that are super casual – I mean eating in your swimsuit casual. Boom Bar just happened to be one of them.
We sat in the sun while Marc ate his lunch out of a pineapple and I sipped my fancy drink garnished with tropical flowers. Then we peeked into a few of the souvenir huts where I bought a sarong to wear for the week.
After lunch we hit up the pool with the hopes of getting a tan. Even with the overcast skies, I got a little bit burnt. This little guy was hanging out by the pool with us and later he splashed up a storm.
The hotel provided a shuttle into Patong, so we thought we would go see what all the fuss was about and get something to eat. I was picturing flea-market-esque stand and little street vendors with food, but instead we walked straight into the Asian Jersey Shore boardwalk. It was a chaotic mess of people and lights with everyone walking every which way and promotional people trying to get us to go to a “ping-pong and sexy show”.
After a decent amount of walking aimlessly through the craziness, we were starved and had no idea where to go. So we just walked into the first place we could find which happened to be the Tiger Inn. I’m always so nervous going to random restaurants when we travel – especially in touristy areas – but I thought this restaurant was great. The service was good, and the food was even better.
After dinner, we went back to meet the shuttle where it had dropped us off, and made it back just in time to buy some sunscreen and drinks at the resort’s mini mart. The we walked along the deserted beach for a while – one of my favorite things to do when we’re on a beach vacation – before heading to bed.
Want to see the rest of our trip? Check out these posts:
- 4 Days in Phuket, Thailand: Part 1
- New Year’s in Phuket, Thailand
- 4 Days in Phuket, Thailand: Part 2
- Phang Nga Bay Boat Tour
- What I Packed: Phuket, Thailand
Last Updated on December 29, 2020 by Melissa Belanger