We woke to the rain hammering the window, this was going to be a fun day of what we thought was going to be a lot of shower dodging.
We grabbed a quick breakfast at Mame, a cafe around the corner from our hotel before our taxi picked us up for a day of sightseeing.
We hired a taxi driver for the day to take us around the island. We gave the driver list of the locations we wanted to see and off we tootled.
We we’re pleasantly surprised that the weather had dried up by the time we got to the first stop at Rang Hill. From here there is an unrestricted view of Phuket city. And if you are lucky you may even get a few visitors in the form of local monkeys. But be careful though, some of them can be quite viscous if you upset them.
From there we took a short drive to the upside-down house on the outskirts of town. This place is a great fun photo opportunity and the staff here are so friendly and helpful to help you get that perfect shot!
Afterwards we went to the Wat Chalong temple, one of the largest temples on the island. It is free to enter and has amazing architecture and great views from the top of the main temple building. The silence of the grounds is occasionally broken by the firecrackers set off as thanks to the gods.
After, we headed to the Big Buddha, standing proudly on top of a hill, it can be seen from many areas of the island. On the way up the hill there are a few elephant trekking companies but the way they treat the elephants is horrible. If you want to see the elephants then make sure you find an ethical and eco friendly company to do so with. The buddha is still in the process of being built and has 4 years left until it is finished although the main structure is complete so is still worth visiting.
Wat Suwan Khiri Khet was the next location on our tour. When we arrived the locals were setting up for the night market that would be happening that evening. The temple is a lot smaller than Wat Chalong but there was also a lot fewer people too.
Not far from the temple is the Karon viewpoint, overlooking Kata beach and Karon beach it’s worth heading up here to take in the stunning views.
We headed down the hill and went to Karon beach. A busy beach with sunbathers and swimmers, the waves were pretty strong, perfect for surfers!
The final viewpoint we visited was Windmill view point which you can see from the beach. Again like the other viewpoints, the scenery is totally unique up here and absolutely breathtaking.
Our final stop on our tour was the Chalong Rum Distillery. For a small entrance fee you get a guided tour of this small plant which produces 40,000 bottles a year. The full method is explained and is followed by my favourite part, tasting…. And then to finish off the tour you receive a mojito to relax with.
We arrived back at our hotel at around 5pm, had a few minutes chill and headed out for food.
For dinner we went to a nearby Japanese restaurant called Yakiniku Koku. It’s based on a Kobe beef BBQ where hot coals and placed within the table and you grill your food. All the dishes we ordered we’re delicious, especially the hot stone rice dish, slightly spiced rice and vegetables served in a sizzle bowl with chicken broth.