Thailand: Paddling around Phuket

Thailand: Paddling around Phuket
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Let your sins adrift at sea and find yourself unable to forsake gluttony in the Thai island resort

Janaki Lenin
June 01 , 2016
14 Min Read

The Information

Getting there
Thai Airways in conjunction with Bangkok Airways, and Malaysian Airlines offer hopping flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata to Phuket with stopovers at Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. Chennai-Phuket round-trip fares start at 14,000 INR.

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Visa
Indians can get a 15-day-visa on arrival in Bangkok or Phuket. Carry a passport-size photograph, return ticket, and Thai Baht (THB) 1,000 in cash. If you have little time to make the connecting flight, you can get a 30-day-tourist visa in Delhi or Chennai before departure. Details at vfs-thailand.co.in.

Where to stay
Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa (westinsiraybay.com) is located on the east coast of Phuket island, in the Koh Siray headland, away from the tourist hotspots. At high season (November to March), Superior Seaview rooms, the standard category, is THB 4,123 plus taes. Try looking for special offers. There are no other resorts in this part of the island.

There are numerous other options along the west coast, from backpacker to super-luxurious hotels.

What to see and do
Go on the Hong by Starlight sea kayaking tour (THB 3,950 per person). Lunch and dinner with a choice of non-alcoholic beverages are served on board. Shops on the pier sell beer. Carry a change of dry clothes and towel.

You can go on a guided tour of Old Phuket town with Nantawan Kosai aka Jennifer Lopez for an entertaining day (+66(0)81-8923438; jenniferphuket@yahoo.com). Or you can pick up a map from the Art and Culture Asia office at 16, Soi Romanee, Tumbon Taladyai, Muang District, Phuket 83000 (+61(0)76-222856), and go on a walking tour on your own.

Learn Thai cooking from Tony Bish at Blue Elephant, Krabi Road, Tambon Talad Neua, Muang District, Phuket 83000 (blueelephant.com). Courses are tailored to suit budget and time: from THB 3,200 for four recipes to the THB 90,000 master class spread over five days. Complete the master class and you can set up a Thai restaurant. If you’re staying at Westin Siray, visit Wat Siray temple. You can make an offering to the gilded, reclining Buddha


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