Day 19 – Phuket, Thailand

Today was storms galore. It rained nonstop overnight. Throughout the day, it rained typical Thailand style. Buckets down for 15mins, then eases off and even becomes sunny for moments. We had already requested a late checkout, so most of the day was spent lounging around.

During our stay, we had breakfast at the hotel (Ayara Hilltops). This was one of the rare places in Thailand where we could actually get a real latte! After breakfast, we walked down to Surin Beach to spend some time, but all the shops and sidestalls were closed. Guess they are not crazy enough to try to work in stormy conditions.

Day 18 – Phuket, Thailand

Last full day in Phuket, so we decided to make use of the resort facilities. The resort we stayed at was Ayara Hilltops on Surin Beach. A very well built resort!

Made use of their beautifully maintained pool, before heading to Surin Beach for a massage and dinner. Choice is limited at Surin Beach due to the quiet location. It is about 30mins away from Patong, and even further away from Phuket town. Nonetheless, a great location if you want to wind down and get away from all the busy tourist locations.

First two pictures are from the Ayara resort. One shows the room view.
The remaining 3 pictures are from Surin Beach. It is a very quiet beach, especially at this time of the year. Sunset is great to watch, and the nightlife is close to non-existent, but at least the locals still try and make it inviting.

Day 11 – Phuket, Thailand

Finally checked out of Chiang Mai today, and after a cancelled flight to Phuket (flight was re-routed to Bangkok then to Phuket due to only 10 people being on the direct flight!).

Grabbed dinner on the beach and called it a night. Setting myself up for a long day tomorrow!

Staying at Surin beach where it feels extremely quiet. Think traffic in Thailand overall has dropped a lot due to the Red Shirt protests and violence in Bangkok.