From Don Phi Phi we again took a ferry over to Phuket. We had arranged for our Airbnb host to pick us up from the dock so someone was waiting for us on the other end. It was about a 40 minute ride from the docks to our house.
And the house was gorgeous. We had wanted to splurge at least once on our trip and stay in a nicer place, and since we’d been hopping around from place to place non-stop, we made our stay in Phuket more chill. We did rent a van for all of us to get around in while we were here so we could be free to come and go as we wanted.
To give an idea of cost, the “nicer more expensive” Airbnb was $898 for 5 nights. We were traveling as three couples so once the cost was split 3 ways it was $59/night per couple. Not bad considering you can’t even get a decent hotel for that price in the states anymore! I’d highly recommend any Airbnb hosted by Gilles. They are investors and have dozens of gorgeous properties around Phuket.
I’m going to make this post short. We didn’t do a ton in Phuket and we weren’t totally enthralled by it. As one of the most popular places for tourists to go in Thailand, it was very crowded and very touristy – not our cup of tea. We’re more about the off the beaten path kind of travelers. Even though we only went out to go to beaches, to restaurants or to go to markets, it seemed like everywhere we went there was traffic all the time.
The beaches were beautiful, but very crowded.
The markets were great but not mind blowing like in Chiang Mai. The Chilva Market was actually memorable because it was unique in style. It’s geared toward a younger crowd, and their booths and atmosphere is very “chill.” Live music, art, clothes, and they had decent food/snacks as well.
We also checked out a few local food markets. That was always a fun experience no matter where we were.