Phuket Island Journals

Bitter Sweet in Patong Beach

An April 2004 trip to Phuket Island by S.L.Hii

Quote: 04/04/2004: Arrive at Patong Beach, Phuket. Went shopping along the beach and encoutered unpleasant attitudes from a sales person. Within half day, finished shopping. 05/04/2004: Try elephant trekking at 780bht, parasailing 600bht and bungee jump at 1400bht. 06/04/2004: Try out the eateries. 07/04/2004: Depart.

Bitter Sweet in Patong Beach

Overview

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The most memorable moment is when I bungee jump at 60m. From below it doesn't look too high but from above you feel like is very high as I can see the view of the mountains. But the fear is over when I start jumping down and the experience is explosive, like flying. Definitely worth 1400bht. My first time.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Walking or rent a bike.
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There are many hotels along the Patong Beach, but i find that Begonia Wing K Hotel has the most value, as it is cheap at 630bht per night and the rooms are exclusively (renovated) decorated and furnished. The staff is very friendly too. When we arrived for check in, the guests were being served orange juice as a welcome drink. It is a wonderful experience when I walked into the room that was decorated and furnished like a 5-star hotel room. And the location is conveniently close to the shopping areas too. It has a small sized swimming pool and a cafe built like a hut, serving mostly western food. Plants and tree surrounded the hotel area, which made me very relaxed...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 8, 2004

Begonia Wing K Hotel
Ratuthit Rd.
Phuket, Thailand 83150
+66 7634 0832

Patong Beach

Attraction

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Overall shopping activity at Patong Beach is terrible. Stuff is expensive (e.g. an imitation of Polo round neck cost 250Bht and a shell earring cost 780bht which cost less than RM50/500bht in Malaysia. T-shirts may be equivalent. The salespersons there are also not very friendly. When try to bargain too much they shout at you, which I think is not a good experience. If the salesperson is not happy with the price they can always not sell. Not like if the buyers not happy with the price they shout/ insult them. Most of the merchandise over priced even after 20 - 40% bargaining and there is not much variety. If I were going to go for shopping trip, Phuket would be the last place. However, in the...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 8, 2004

Patong Beach
Phuket Island
Phuket, Thailand

Elephant Trekking

Attraction

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I was brought to the waiting camp and was immediately impressed by the beautiful, small landscape surrounded by clay elephant statues, which looked like little Dumbo, and some lady statues. It has a hut for shade while you wait for the jeep to take you to the elephant trekking camp. There are boards pinned with some histories of the elephants and how they upkeep the elephants. The toilets are very clean and modern. I thought they may be a hole without a flushing unit. Later on, the jeep took me to the camp where there are two baby elephants doing tricks, like painting. They also curtsy when being fed bananas that can be bought at 20Bht per basket. You can take pictures too. Then I was br...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2004

Elephant Trekking
Siam Safari
Phuket, Thailand 83130

Bungee Jump

Attraction

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When I decided to go bungee jumping, I felt very nervous and excited. The price of 1400Bht is sure worth it. As I was brought to the place, I was kind of disappointed to see the height (60km). The view from below is kind of low, and I expected something higher. So the people there asked me to empty my pockets and took my weight, so that they would know what type of line to use. Then I was brought up in a lift. My God! It sure looks high up from the top, as I could see mountains and the beautiful blue ocean. It sure was windy. Boy, do I have second thoughts, but is too late to change my mind. My first step to "suicide" makes my heart jump out from my skin. But as I drop further, the fear i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2004

Bungee Jump
Patong Beach
Phuket, Thailand