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Location: Dubai

Day 1 - 6 Aug 2021

Dubai International Airport

Dubai, Dubai International Airport
Dubai, Dubai International Airport

Content: Early wake up call & we were on our way to Phuket on Emirates EK378 Thailand just opened in July so we needed to have all the formalities done before departure. That included certificate of vaccination (two doses), permission from the Thai consulate to enter the country, negative covid PCR test, travel insurance, approved and pre-paid accommodation booking for minimum of 7 nights in the same place. The flight took 6 and a half hours.

Location: Mai Khao

Day 1 - 6 Aug 2021

Phuket International Airport

Mai Khao, Phuket International Airport
Mai Khao, Phuket International Airport
Mai Khao, Phuket International Airport

Content: After landing in Phuket at 9:30 am (Dubai time) all other formalities started. It took us quite a long time. We needed to downloaded special covid application with the covid QR code (to be checked everywhere before entering) and also fill out health declarations. After that we were being sent to do second PCR covid test at the airport ( everyone arriving in Phuket except having vaccine and previous negative PCR test had to do it again).

Location: Tambon Choeng Thale

Day 1 - 6 Aug 2021

The Pavilions Phuket

Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket

Content: Finally arriving to our resort!! Yey!! We had a complementary airport pick up provided from the hotel that we stayed in. The drive took about 30 min. After checking in, we have been told that we need to stay in our villa until our negative PCR test results arrive to the hotel. We stayed in for the rest of the day, enjoying our private pool. We booked Ocean View Pool Villa. The views were magnificent. We had panoramic views of Layan Beach and Andaman Sea. With private infinity pool and big terrace it was an ideal place to relax. This place is definitely good for couples as well as families with kids. They also have bigger villas if you need more rooms.

The Pavilions Phuket

Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket

Content: We couldn’t leave our room so we decided to have Hot Pot - Thai Suki. It was a fun and delicious experience. But let me tell you really quick what is Thai Suki. It’s Thailand’s popular version Sukiyak. It is cooked in a specially dedicated hot pot. You get all the cooking instructions while ordering it 😊 We cooked by ourselves while enjoying the sunset from our terrace. It was a lovely end of the day.

Location: Tambon Choeng Thale

Day 2 - 7 Aug 2021

The Plantation Club

Tambon Choeng Thale, The Plantation Club
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Plantation Club
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Plantation Club

Content: Second day in Paradise. We received an early morning phone call from the reception with our negative covid results. That means we can go for breakfast to the restaurant today and continue with our day outside of the hotel. We had an early breakfast and booked the tour for the whole day.

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Day 2 - 7 Aug 2021

Chalong Pier

, Chalong Pier

Content: Someone said Banana Beach? Yes!! We heard it is an awesome place and it was recommended by the hotel staff as well. It was a quick decision. Our pick up from the hotel was at 8:30am. The drive took about 30 min. We met at pier Chalong and took a speed boat to Banana Beach. It’s about an hour ride to the island.

Location: Tambon Rawai

Day 2 - 7 Aug 2021

Banana Beach | Koh Hey

Tambon Rawai, Banana Beach | Koh Hey
Tambon Rawai, Banana Beach | Koh Hey
Tambon Rawai, Banana Beach | Koh Hey
Tambon Rawai, Banana Beach | Koh Hey

Content: Arrived at Banana Beach! It is a beautiful, little Island close to Phuket. A day trip to the Island is one of the main attractions in Phuket. What can you do over there? Snorkeling, kayaking, hiking. There are beach chairs on the beach too, where you can leave your stuff and relax and get some tan. There is a bar on the beach as well where you can get drinks, desserts and have your lunch. Unfortunately they run out of coconut water in a coconut 🙈 (I guess we were too late!)

Banana Beach | Koh Hey

Tambon Rawai, Banana Beach | Koh Hey
Tambon Rawai, Banana Beach | Koh Hey
Tambon Rawai, Banana Beach | Koh Hey
Tambon Rawai, Banana Beach | Koh Hey

Content: We departed from Banana Beach at around 5 pm. It was included in our tour to sail on the ocean during the Sunset. And it was wonderful 😍 Just look at the pictures!! Totally worth it. They gave us some snacks and soft drinks during our ride too. We arrived back at the Chalong Pier at around 6:30pm. We had our transport taking us back to the hotel. It took about 40 minutes. We arrived back happy but exhausted after all day of adventure 😀

Location: Choeng Thale

Day 3 - 8 Aug 2021

Porto de Phuket

Choeng Thale, Porto de Phuket
Choeng Thale, Porto de Phuket
Choeng Thale, Porto de Phuket

Content: The hotel offers free shuttle to the beach and little town. We went to the beach yesterday so today was time for the city. The name was “Porto de Phuket”. It was about 15min drive from the hotel. There are lots of massage places around and shopping center.

Location: อำเภอถลาง

Day 3 - 8 Aug 2021

InnerPeace Spa

อำเภอถลาง, InnerPeace Spa

Content: We had our foot massage in one of the places called “ InnerPeace Spa” in Porto de Phuket. Highly recommending. The ladies were super nice and they were good! Most importantly the place looks very clean and taken good care of. We did some shopping and bought cheese board for lunch. We decided to relax on our villa terrace with some wine and cheese. It was a good idea 🥰

Location: Tambon Choeng Thale

Day 3 - 8 Aug 2021

The Pavilions Phuket

Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket

Content: Dinner time! We arranged nice romantic set up outside on our villa terrace. It was time for sunset as well. We couldn’t have asked for a better view and company. I think it is important to choose a nice place and enjoy time together in a private relaxing atmosphere. Just look at the pictures, it was wonderful!!

Location: Paklok

Day 4 - 9 Aug 2021

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Paklok, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Paklok, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Paklok, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Paklok, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Content: We are excited!! Firstly because we found Phuket’s first and most ethical elephant sanctuary and secondly because we were going to feed them and see how the live freely without being forced to do things. Our pick up was at 8:30am. First we were being taken to the office to make a payment and changed cars. This sanctuary is a little different than all other ones. They pioneer in ethical elephant tourism and their main focus is on rescuing sick, injured old elephants who spent most of their life working in the logging as well as tourism industry. This place gives elephants the freedom to roam, bath, live and socialize freely. All elephants in the sanctuary are female. There are 15 elephants in total. We got to feed them and walk around the resort observing how they live, bath and behave. It was a great experience. Some of them were posing to the pictures when they saw cameras (they were not force to do that, it is cause they were used to do that in their past). We spent most of our day in the Sanctuary.

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Paklok, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Paklok, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Paklok, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Content: We had a late lunch at the Sanctuary, and we could observe elephant bathing while enjoying our food. That definitely put smiles on our face. It was a magical experience and we would definitely recommend to visit.

Location: Choeng Thale

Day 5 - 10 Aug 2021

Layan Beach

Choeng Thale, Layan Beach
Choeng Thale, Layan Beach
Choeng Thale, Layan Beach
Choeng Thale, Layan Beach
Choeng Thale, Layan Beach

Content: Hotel offers shuttle to the beach as well. It looked wonderful from our villa that’s why we decided to spent the whole day. Layan Beach is a beautiful, small and little known bay on the west coast of Phuket. It is 5km long. It’s tropical look is definitely perfect for couples or families who are looking for a peace and quite, relaxing day. The beach was simply beautiful! We loved that there was almost on one over there!! Even tho there was lots of resorts around. We had a great time enjoying the sun. It

Location: Tambon Choeng Thale

Day 5 - 10 Aug 2021

Tony Restaurants

Tambon Choeng Thale, Tony Restaurants
Tambon Choeng Thale, Tony Restaurants

Content: Late lunch / early dinner at Tony Restaurant. We fell in love with this little beach restaurant. It is situated right next to the beach and has this cute tropical vibe. The food was delicious! We had some pinacoladas served in a coconut and pineapple 😀 We would definitely go back there. Cool place.

Location: Mueang Phuket District

Day 6 - 11 Aug 2021

Old Phuket Town

Mueang Phuket District, Old Phuket Town

Content: We booked a private car for a tour around Phuket. Our first stop was Old Phuket Town. It is known for its colorful painted “century-old Sino- Portuguese townhouses” that everyone wants to have pictures with/ There are lots of little coffee shops, boutique shops selling traditional Thai outfits and souvenirs.

Location: Tambon Chalong

Day 6 - 11 Aug 2021

Chaithararam Temple - Wat Chalong

Tambon Chalong, Chaithararam Temple - Wat Chalong
Tambon Chalong, Chaithararam Temple - Wat Chalong
Tambon Chalong, Chaithararam Temple - Wat Chalong
Tambon Chalong, Chaithararam Temple - Wat Chalong
Tambon Chalong, Chaithararam Temple - Wat Chalong

Content: This places looks magical. It is the most important of the 29 Buddhist temples of Phuket. It is located in the Chalong subdistrict. The temple was built during the 19th century and is definitely a must see place when visiting the island. It opens at 8am and closes at 5pm. Look at the pictures and try not to fall in love!!

Location: Tambon Karon

Day 6 - 11 Aug 2021

The Big Buddha

Tambon Karon, The Big Buddha

Content: Big Buddha - known as “The great Buddha of Phuket” is a posture of a seated Maravija Buddha in Phuket. Official name is Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Eknakiri. The statue is 45 meters tall and 25 meters wide, covered with white marble. It is an impressive statue. Before entering you need to make sure that your shoulders and knees are covered due to respect. We spent over there couple of hours walking around and taking pictures. We even ran into wild monkeys (you have to be careful as they attack people if they see food!)

Karon Viewpoint

Tambon Karon, Karon Viewpoint
Tambon Karon, Karon Viewpoint
Tambon Karon, Karon Viewpoint

Content: The drive from Big Buddha to Karon Viewpoint took a while due to the traffic. There was almost no one over there. We were lucky! The place looks beautiful. View of the ocean coast was magnificent. A place to go for pictures for sure. The drive back to the hotel took a while. We decided to relaxed in our villa next to the pool.

Location: Tambon Choeng Thale

Day 7 - 12 Aug 2021

The Pavilions Phuket

Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket

Content: After breakfast we had our wonderful time at the pool getting some sun and a swim. We had massage appointment in our villa as well (we actually did it everyday since we came. 1h massage) super nice, relaxing time!! Due to covid Spa was closed so massages were only available in the villas. Every villa was equipped with massage chairs that were being set up in the bathroom. After that the ladies prepared nice relaxing bath with milk and flowers 🌸 it was super lovely!!

Location: ตำบลเชิงทะเล

Day 7 - 12 Aug 2021

360° Bar

ตำบลเชิงทะเล, 360° Bar
ตำบลเชิงทะเล, 360° Bar
ตำบลเชิงทะเล, 360° Bar
ตำบลเชิงทะเล, 360° Bar
ตำบลเชิงทะเล, 360° Bar
ตำบลเชิงทะเล, 360° Bar
ตำบลเชิงทะเล, 360° Bar
ตำบลเชิงทะเล, 360° Bar

Content: If you are a lover of a golden hour you should definitely check Bar 360! You do not have to be a resident in the resort to come and visit. Delicious bites and cocktails make it a great match for a perfect sundowner. The bar is located at the highest point of The Pavilions Phuket. It has a 360 view from the top. It is only open from 5pm till late at night.

Location: Tambon Choeng Thale

Day 8 - 13 Aug 2021

The Pavilions Phuket

Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket
Tambon Choeng Thale, The Pavilions Phuket

Content: Our last breakfast and we decided to have a floating breakfast in our villa! It was amazing. We were lucky in the beginning it was not raining. But even with the rain it was a “different unforgettable experience” We will never forget it! Floating breakfast price was quite cheap comparing to other countries. And the bottle of champagne was included as well, how awesome is that 😁 We will definitely miss these cool tropical vibes in the hotel and the restaurant called “Plantation Club”. Food was delicious and staff members were very kind and helpful as well.

Location: Mai Khao

Day 8 - 13 Aug 2021

Phuket International Airport

Mai Khao, Phuket International Airport

Content: It’s time to leave now… we will miss this place for sure! We had a lovely time and we would recommend visiting this resort for sure. Until next time Phuket!!! Dubai we are coming back…