I finally made it happened for year 2012 after many years of typical new year celebrations at my homeland, Malaysia.
Day 1 - Arrived at Phuket AirportWith my travel buddy, we took Air Asia flight and landed at Phuket around 8.50pm on new year eve. But heck, taking the mini bus which costs us THB 150 per person was a long wait due to the busy new year eve. It took us almost 3 hours to reach Patong and just in time to count down to welcome year 2012 as we walk to the beach.
Nonetheless, I'm glad that I was in Phuket, Patong beach enjoying the clear night sky lit by hours of firework displays and sky lanterns (孔明燈) released by patronage at the beach. The sight was amazing, a magical moment not to be forgotten.
There are just so many 'farangs' around in Phuket, more than the local Thai people. And we did made friends with some Australians commenting about her not-so-good experience in Malaysia, specifically Penang. "Generally, its pretty good but there are too many rules to abide. No slippers or shorts at the restaurant (G Hotel). I'm happy I'm here, no rules". So did we. These fireworks reminded me of Kate's song (Fireworks) that make you wanna "Boom, boom, boom. Come on, let your colors burst ,Make 'em go, oh.
|The unlucky one|
Day 2 - Phuket Shopping SpreeWe wanted to rent a motorbike to explore Phuket but the cloudy sky and drizzling rains ruined our plan. Instead, we opt to walk around Patong beach and went for shopping spree at Jungceylon, the largest shopping mall in Phuket that can rival Sunway Pyramid.
In the evening, we went to Phuket Fantasea. You can easily book the tickets via your hotel or any operating tour agents around the town. Packages are available with or without dinner buffet and price ranges from THB 1500 - 2200 with pickup transfer service. The bright neon colors of the theme park with different themes are really the main attractions here besides the cultural show. Personally, I find that show was surprisingly funny with some magics and animals role play towards the end, else the show would be darn boring. Do take note that you are required to deposit any equipments with recording capabilities which include your camera before the show. For more details on Phuket Fantasea, click here
Day 3 - Aonang, KrabiAgain the early morning rains destroy our plan to go kayaking :P.
So we indulge ourselves with a big bowl of Swensen's ice creams and later depart for our ferry ride to Krabi at noon. The journey to Aonang took us at least 2 hours from Phuket with free hotel transfer. We did nothing much in the late evening except for watching the sunset over the horizon in beautiful orangy colour.
|Krabi Sky during ferry ride|
Day 4 - Back to MalaysiaHad the best local Thai food in Aonang before we board the mini bus to the airport.
Will we be back again? Definitely because we missed out so many places to visit and the sea adventure.