Annual Gathering 2012 @ Phuket Island
Again, we created history. We’d our inaugural edition of Annual Gathering series overseas, the Phuket Island, Thailand. Our 5th series this year (2012) was successful with 9 people in our group.
24-26 Nov 2012 | Annual Gathering 2012 @ Phuket Island
Having here on this occasion this round made many differences. We crossed boundaries by over-shooting to Thailand, forgo our own Malaysia as chosen destination. Downside was not many of us can make it and only those committed try their best.
For those who has married with child and some personal commitment, not able to join this year. Crossing my fingers as well because I’m getting married soon this year (2013). I’ve strong feeling that we shall be together again in next outing.
Initial plan which decided to hold our gathering was done spontaneously with few overseas locations. A long thorough decision has made off with Phuket Island. Action is louder than talk. Someone must initiate this, else ideas will just come and go. Anyway, we were firmed that time.
Whoever has been before, shall plan and contribute to the plan and yes, someone stand out to organize it. Ms Ellen organized everything from head to toe for us.
Phuket Island trip was organized for 3D2N only, therefore our schedules were a little pack, but fulfilling. Accommodation booked at Poppa Palace, a moderate stay with apartment style, only cost us RM197 each (2 nights). An engagement with local tour agent was made ahead and we paid on the spot.
Our trip not mainly for just gathering and having good memories together but strengthens our bonding and also early birthday celebration for our member, TKT.
Day 1 …12.45pm – Afternoon arrival @ Phuket International Airport
Our arrival at LCCT in the morning for departure was not that smooth. We missed the check-in time and hence delay for another flight. Luckily the time span to 4 hours later, but we required to pay for the differences to convert to actual price. A very good lesson for us to be punctual for flight. Not every penny can save the situation. We potentially missed out our stay & day trip planned ahead if the flight was happened to be DAILY.
At noon, we arrived at Phuket International Airport, and upon claimed my luggage, I spotted a booth which offered local phone card (SIM card). Taking one without doubt and apply to my phone immediately. Without top-up any value, this card is render useless. Get any top-up card at convenient store.
TrueMove free SIM card … top-up to use it
Pre-booked airport transfer … fit all of us
The Airport … leaves for holiday!
Phuket Island is Thailand’s largest island. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges. It is situated off the West Coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. It’s surrounded by beaches and entertainment that I never dream off. Never ever come into Phuket without having wild imagination, eyes opener entertainment is a must else regret.
YES, I regret a little bit for some entertainment I’ve no chance to see!
3.30pm … Late lunch @ Patong Street
The airport transferred us directly to hotel, instead of lunch place. We were late but we manage to catch up our late lunch. We craved for food since boarding the flight, but we hold until reach Phuket for the Thai food, to be specific, the local food.
Poppa Palace … stays for 3D2N
Busy street along Patong beach … a paradise for entertainment at night
Famous No.6 (recommendation) … our lunch settled here
Flock with tourists (included us) … me & the gals group
The culture and environment was a bit different and we all try to adapt it. Tourist seems to be the largest group flocking around the street and patronize every shop here. They wear beach suit and bikinis … walking around without giving any thought. We happened to watch everyone passing by especially those with good body shape and sexy.
Clad with beach wear … good to go
At later, we’ve contacted our local tour agent (communicated earlier via FB page), we met them at Jungceylon shopping centre near Bangla Road.
By walking past Bangla Road, we witnessed variety of activities waiting to be happened at night. It’s an ideal place for party and jolly. This is the central town where the bustling nightlife with restaurants, beer bars and disco.
Patong City … the famous beach for nightlife and 3.5 kilometers distance
I’m here! … Patong Beach (the paradise)
Patong beach are lined with many bars. Beach is crowded with tourists and locals. Some are enjoying the holiday with family, some are coming for honeymoon (which I think too mess and crowd) and some are simply spent a day at the beach with their ‘lover’.
We crossed one part of beach where guys are the majority seen here. We assumed its gay beach.
Beach-goers of the day … beach side holiday is fun
Gay beach? … one part of the beach having ‘couple’ of them
6.00pm … Taking a short nap & 1st night outing begins
Yes … since morning until now, we travel, walk and spent a lot of time outside. We dream about rest & nap before we continue with night tour. Some of us went back to hotel (me) & while some went for body/foot massage.
Our night tour begins with Aphrodite Cabaret Show. It’s a glamorous cabaret show in Patong. A large ship-like structure houses the theater. It was recommended by the tour agency to watch the Aphrodite instead of Simon Cabaret.
We took 500 baht with hotel transfer and given VIP seats, which quite far from the stage. Later on, we complaint and get upgraded into front rows (VVIP, I assume).
My first visit for LadyBoys show … highly anticipating
Big ship located outside … eyes catchy
Inside the theater … our seat has been upgraded to VVIP (first row) later on
As shows END … ready for friendly photo-shoot session with you & it’s not FREE
Show was emphasizing on Chinese, Korean and Russian dances and songs. I’m fine with it. At the end of show, we can get to take photos with the ladyboys but at a price, not free. They love taking picture with you as this may their side income. The sexier or prettier their look, the higher offer price, ranging from 40 baht to 100 baht. You may combine 2 of them together with you.
At additional cost (close to 50% extra), those who want an special touch up & feel can have their hand placed on a fake boob and a picture taken the fee is 100 baht. Anyway, they’re ladyboys and happy than enough to have you.
It’s up to you anyway.
Ladyboys with the audience … hug one each another
Close to sweet lady appearance … I can be cheated by the look sometimes
Inviting audience … to earn extra bucks for photos
They had good fun trying to pick out the guys from the girls!
No visit to Phuket is complete without mandatory visit to the Cabaret shows.
We called the day off for Day 1 … a long day enough for anyone to take it. Get prepare for fun at BEACH tomorrow.
Day 2 … 7.00am – Day tour to Phi-Phi Island & Maya Beach
A day with full of water & beach fun. Day tour to Phi-Phi Island & Maya Beach was on our Day 2 plan. It has become major destination in Thailand tourism, accessible by speed boat from Phuket & Krabi.
Our breakfast prepared by the hotel at Parichad Restaurant. Buffet style and it’s enough to fill up our stomach.
Breakfast voucher redeemed … Parichad Restaurant
Van transfer for us! … to the jetty for boat departure
Reached! … the place where everyone wait for timely departure
Given an option to rent flipper … not FREE
Waiting for briefing session … you need it for some expectation
Get ready everyone … long wait finally arrived!
Departure one boat and another … all departs at same time, fair right?
Another briefing on the boat … we really can’t wait for the beach!
Speeding … leaving far from Phuket Island
Slowing down … first stop has reached
Viking Cave … photography & sightseeing
Moving to second check-point … vroommmm
Pileh Bay … Awesome & fantastic lagoon
Moving to 3rd check-point … Maya Bay
Very crowded … best season for holiday
Me & 2 beauties … Maya Bay as background
Group photo (without me) … beach crowd as prove
Group photo (without me) … with small cave as background
Toilet direction … located inside the jungle
Moved to 4th CP, Monkey Bay … more human than monkey
All monkeys are waiting to be feed … they’re hungry
Get close with monkey … having the banana
Finally, lunch hour @ Phi Phi Don (5th CP) … enjoy lunch at beach restaurant
Lunch ala buffet … just enough for fulfilling
Walk around the villages … restaurants, shops, internet cafes, and shanty towns abound
Phi Phi Banyan Villa … an accommodation choice at Phi Phi Don
Our 6th check-point at Khai Nok beach was for swimming and snorkeling. The beach is beautiful and clean. People there are relaxing. But a lot of tourists on this island!
Beach chairs and umbrella is not free for sitting. We paid 150 baht to rent it.
Khai Nok Beach … rental fees apply for beach chair with shade
Group photo of us at Khai Nok Island … before go for snorkeling
Shu Yun … have fun snorkel at shallow water
Sun burn on the back … weather was too good
Our day tour for island is ended with short travel from Khai Nok back to Phuket.
We took shower and nap at our room while waiting our nightlife plan. For those who still have energy like me, went for swim at resort swimming pool. I explored the resort facilities such as sauna and Jacuzzi. I’d never get enough for water.
Enjoy and relax until past 6pm. I quickly shower and get ready for night tour.
Night market @ Phuket … somewhere around popular area for food/stuff
Waffle stick … just try without doubt
First bite for dinner … of course everything also GOOD!
Needless to say … quails eggs, her favorite
11.00pm … Bangla Road, night street entertainment
It’s a MUST to go place. This street is full of Bars & Pubs, strip entertainment, pole dance, ping pong show, tiger show and etc on the list. A paradise for any entertainment you’re looking for. You can see lots of tourist, ladyboys and show girls.
Colorful night … amazed of what can be seen outside
Pole dance on top floor … to attract you to get into this bar
Tiger bar & its show … well known in Bangla Street
We had a drink at one of this kind of pub. They dance close in front of you, showing their sexy moves, touching you and all sort of action you would desire. Anyhow, our group has just fun watching them and we couldn’t chat under this situation. All our eyes were on their dance.
We came into this area to celebrate and treat our friend on his birthday. He got lots of attention because we pay her to entertain him and seducing him. He didn’t react. End up the girl changing shift or maybe ‘bought’ over by client for exclusive treat. Another new girl replaced her.
Our birthday buddy … with the newly bought cap from night market
The group with heavily drunk with alcohol … red and perhaps blushing from the show
The night ended after the drink and light entertainment. We didn’t further with adult show which we’ve been targeting for quite some time. Perhaps next round, I guess. A big missed this round
Some of us vomited during way back to resort. A bad sign of heavily infested by alcohol. Our blood rush fast, plus our stomach as well.
Good night my dear friends.
Day 3 … Last day of the trip
I would love to go back Phuket again as this day came too fast. I merely enjoy a day of fun in Phuket. The rest would be traveling and rushing. As we were left half day spent at resort and the rest are on adhoc trip basis. We booked the airport transfer together with half-day tour.
Yes, a half-day tour in Phuket start from the time we check-out. The earlier, the longer time we can have to visit these places.
Good morning … breakfast at the resort
Hot Jacuzzi time … like a boss
A very quiet swimming pool … for adult because it’s quite deep
Let’s check-out … we handed our luggage at the counter
Walk out the resort looking for early lunch … seafood treat
A costly lobster meal … one for all, one can get a piece of meat only
Big prawn (no idea what type)
After the lunch, the van fetched us from resort and starts our half-day tour.
First stop was Karon Viewpoint, is one of the most frequent visit in Phuket. From here, you can take a view of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches.
The entrance of Karon View Point
The view point from where I’m standing … Karon & Kata beach
A real group photo for all 9 of us … at last, the beautiful beaches sighted
Next stop at Adventure Park … Phuket ATV Adventure
No, we don’t play this … we just cross by the neighbour
We actually played this … Phuket Rifle Shooting Association
Shoot … shoot … shoot … aiming at your target
The girls play … guys just watch
Another stop … BIG BUDDHA
Welcome to Big Buddha … free entry at the moment we visited
At that time … it was still under construction or renovation
Currency donation … from tourist all over the world
Faith from around the world … I try to spot my own country currency
What a big teases here … beh tahan
A short walking stairs to the big Buddha platform
From the platform … a great view spotted
Finally, final place to visit … Wat Chalong
I would love to go back to Phuket again. Recommended for longer stay instead of 3D2N. I’m not fancy anymore for short stay at overseas trip especially inaugural visit.
Many places were not covered and I vow to cover it in my next visit. Our trip ended with our foot landing at airport hall. We had our dinner at Burger King, not much can say except we know this is only meal we can have for the night as we travel for night flight.
Facebook check-in … time-stamp for our Annual Gathering 2012
Thank you all my members who was able to make for this overseas trip. It was indeed success. We shall again make another next year (opss … it should be this year, 2-3 months to go only, hehe).