phuket 2013; photo diary

by thefashiondisciple

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Day 1: flight into Phuket + night market
Pretty gloomy weather it was when I arrived in Phuket but I was all cozied up in my long knitted cardigan. Found out that the hotel provided free transport services to any part of Patong (the area in which we were staying) and decided to abuse that privilege.

top – bershka, skorts – zara
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Day 2: tiger kingdom + dinner by the lake
After our tour got cancelled due to the rain on our first official day in Phuket, we just lazed around for a bit (went to Starbucks, of course) until the weather decided to stop being a pain in the ***. Tiger Kingdom was a spontaneous decision that cost nearly 5000 baht BUT it was worth every penny. Fell in love with this particular young tiger named Farrah, who did nothing but sleep while I was in her enclosure. Then had a lovely dinner at a family-owned restaurant by a small lake that cooked the meals from their own home kitchen.

top – topshop, shorts – bershka, kimono – inlovewithfashion.com
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Day 3: water rafting + elephant trekking + street food
The water rafting completely exceeded my expectations and was waaaaay more fun than I can explain. The guides were playful and friendly (even though they made me fall into the water) and the whole experience was both exciting and ย relaxing at the same time. Before that, I did a super quick but fun flying fox down a super high cliff (picture above).
The elephants, too, were lovely and made my day; especially the smallest one that robbed me of all my bananas. Speaking of bananas, if anyone ever goes to Phuket, you HAVE to try the banana pancake stall opposite al fresco hotel, the old lady there makes the best pancakes ever.
Once the sun set, we just took a stroll along Patong beach and set our own lantern into the night sky.

shirt – thrifted, swim shorts – arena (borrowed), sandals – thrifted
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Day 4: canoeing + limestone caves + james bond island + more canoeing
Okay, so when I say “canoeing”, what I really mean is “lounging in the canoe while the guide paddles”. We canoed into little cracks in the rocks that revealed dark caves lined with limestone and lemon rocks. Traveling further into the cave and out the other end, we found ourselves in the most peaceful lagoon filled with powdery blue waters and framed with a whole forest of trees growing on the inside of the cave walls. I almost couldn’t believe where I was. It was like looking at a picture on tumblr – just perfect.
For those of you who don’t know, James Bond island is where they shot the James Bond movie and is a really popular tourist attraction now.ย Some people from our tour got lost on the island and the guide had to spend a good one hour looking for them, so I took the opportunity to sneak in a quick swim…which led to the stupidest idea of jumping into the water from the second level of the boat (after this hot gay guy from Spain did a backflip off the deck). I learnt the hard way not to give in to peer pressure.

top – topshop, shorts – topshop, bikini – roxy
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Overall, it was an unforgettable trip and great bonding time with my mom. Met a whole lot of interesting people from all over the world, tried a lot of new things and fell in love with the locals. Can’t wait till I get to go back with my friends next time!

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