Day 3: Getting around the island of Phuket offers many choices. The Luxury and Safest option is hiring a driver and having him on call for your stay. This will cost you anywhere from $5000- $7000Baht per day (approx $200- $400AUD) It is expensive and I’m not convinced worth the bucks. The only time I book a private car when I travel, is usually from the airport to the resort upon arrival. It is the easiest and safest way to get to your hotel, with no fuss and enables you to get your bearings. Once settled the options are numerous. Taxis are cheap, clean and well priced, usually costing approx $10- $20 AUD depending on distance. Next mode of transport is the traditional Tuk Tuk, a cross between a motorbike and cart, its quick, cheap and a bit of fun for short distance travel.
My man is an avid motorbike rider, so he always hires a bike during our stay on this sort of holidays. He then zips around the island exploring and it keeps him active. He can only lie in the sun for short periods of time until he gets antsy. The cost per day is on average $20 AUD plus petrol, so if you can ride a motorbike this is a cheap way of getting around. The roads are good here, well maintained and not as crazy as Bali, so it feels relatively safe. We went for a quick cruise around the neighbouring beaches, and found some perfect viewing points high on the cliffs, overlooking the shoreline. Im not such a relaxed passenger perched on a bike, so the trips are usually slow and short. Then its back to the sun lounge for me.
Today at the Surin, I opted to mix up the view slightly and lay on the big sun bed at the pool, overlooking the glorious beach and treated myself to an authentic Pad Thai for lunch. Then it was time for a late afternoon beach massage before we headed out of the resort for dinner.
Tonight we were booked in at Breeze, an upmarket French restaurant located 25 minutes from our resort in Cape Yamu.
This is restaurant comes with an exceptional view, and I recommend you get there early to watch the sunset. It is built into a steep incline overlooking Cape Yamu and off into the distant, the shimmering lights of Phuket town. The restaurant offers an inventive twist on modern French cuisine, using local and imported produce, plus the menu changes every 3 days. I started with the St Phillipe Cheese plate, including apricot chutney and salted walnuts. The. Best. Cheese. Ever. For main I had fresh ribbon pasta with chilli prawns and a parmesan and white wine sauce. Fresh and delicious.
Once again an abundance of martinis, great food choices and a pleasant dining experience. The only let down was the service. It seemed the left hand wasn’t always sure what the right hand was doing, but overall the food and ambience outweighed the confusing wait staff. We called it a night relatively early and as a torrential rain storm blew in, we jumped back in the car and headed home. Day 3 done and done.