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Travelling through the off-season in Phuket, Thailand

After staying grounded for 28 months, I lastly left Singapore for a fast getaway as I might solely squeeze in a brief vacation. Phuket was a transparent alternative because it was solely 2 hours flight time away, and I had by no means explored this a part of Thailand earlier than.

Often, the point out of Phuket, individuals will relate it to stunning resorts, implausible seashores, island hopping and a calming vacation. I wanted none of those as I’m travelling solo thus I didn’t thoughts travelling through the off-season to Phuket.

Queuing earlier than the check-in counter felt bizarre after not travelling for thus lengthy. Whereas some had small stacks of printed copies of their flight itineraries and paperwork, I went paperless. My choice gave me some anxiousness for I frightened if I wanted current any printouts.
I felt rusty to journey once more, a lot in order that I even forgot to attempt my luck requesting my most popular seat on the aircraft.

By the point I boarded the aircraft, the muscle reminiscence took over, and I used to be fortunate to attain an empty row to the virtually full flight! I used to be off to an excellent begin, or so I assumed!

A row of seats all to myself

Wet Phuket

Upon touching down on the airport, it began pouring. It was the off-peak season for a motive, due to the monsoon rain. So, that was not shocking to me. I had performed my homework to know that the monsoon season in Phuket begins from mid-Could to October.

Whereas I acknowledged the monsoon rain through the low-peak season, I used to be keen to take an opportunity on the pockets of sunshine. Though I expertise my justifiable share of monsoons in Singapore, the monsoon in Phuket was on an entire new stage. The fixed rain all through the 4 complete days. As soon as it began raining within the day, it solely hit pauses between 20 minutes to an hour intervals till the night. It was cray-cray.

A rainy Phuket Sunday Market during the low season.

Miraculously, I survived the vacation with out buying an umbrella or poncho, for I all the time managed to hunt shelter when the rain got here.

However belief me, after they say monsoon in Phuket, be ready for the nice waterfall from the sky.

Phuket Outdated City

I stayed within the outdated city for 2 nights as a result of I wished to benefit from the allure of the historic place as I marvelled on the shophouses of various architectural kinds. I booked a 3-hour strolling tour of the outdated city and lucked out as I used to be the one visitor with my vacationer information, Wet. She additionally doubled up as my photographer and videographer.

On on hotel

The outdated city is filled with life, particularly with the weekly Sunday night time market. I even discovered the acclaimed finest Hokkien noodle soup and a Michelin bib road meals, a pong!


Any point out of Patong is all the time 100% related to Phuket as if it’s synonymous. I heard a lot about this place, how some individuals prefer it, whereas others discover it too touristy and soiled. Subsequently, I needed to come and see it, expertise it and determine for myself.

Patong Beach during the low season.

Travelling through the off-season in Phuket additionally implies that lodging have been cheap sufficient for me to splurge on a one-night keep in an honest resort resort in Patong. The resort resort is the one saving grace of Patong as a result of I didn’t take pleasure in this a part of Phuket in any respect. Perhaps as a result of I used to be travelling alone or maybe this place is just too touristic and over-commercialised. I can conclude that it’s not for me.

The one different factor I loved aside from my resort was the value-for-money 200 baht Thai therapeutic massage.

Bills for a 4D3N in Phuket

Right here is my breakdown.

Insurance coverage: SGD$28.99

Transportation: SGD$219.79

Lodging: SGD$106.96

Experiences: SGD$189.32

Meals & Drinks: SGD$140.91

Buying: SGD$21.96

Miscellaneous: SGD$30.09

In complete, I spent SGD$738.02 on this journey. It was well-balanced between travelling on a price range with the occasional indulgence of a resort, an excellent meal and high quality actions. All in all, crucial factor is, do I believe it’s price it? Completely!


One of many highlights was eating within the award-winning Blue Elephant Restaurant, set within the outdated governor’s mansion. The grandeur of the restaurant with the summer time rain enhanced your entire atmosphere of the place. I ordered the 5-course Blue Elephant Creation Set, and the presentation of the dishes was beautiful. My favorite has received to be the primary dish, scorching Phuketian turmeric & betel leaves crab. What was pleasant about that dish was that all the things might be eaten, together with the flowers. I can get choosy over the greens I eat, however I used to be consuming each edible on the plate. That meal was the right begin to start my first post-covid journey.

Blue Elephant Restaurant, hot Phuketian turmeric & betel leaves crab.

One other spotlight was the cocktail-making session at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. It consisted of constructing three rum-based cocktails, a distillery tour, and rum-tasting. If you combine alcohol and other people, it normally concocts good-vibe-only connections among the many individuals. The connections have been one thing I missed very a lot through the pandemic and oh boy, it was good to be reminded that this is without doubt one of the the explanation why I take pleasure in travelling. Not simply that, it was enjoyable making these cocktails, customising them to my choice and my favorite cocktail that I made was this known as the Satan’s Gold. The elements are mango, rum, lime juice, honey and chilli padi including a tad little bit of sassy spiciness to the candy drink. It was my type of drink for positive.

Devil's Gold cocktail


With highs just like the above, there may be low too. Regardless of the fixed rain, travelling through the off-season in Phuket was not the lowlight in any respect.

Nicely, all I can say is, if I’ve kids, I’ll ban them from strolling into Bangla Road in Patong earlier than they flip 18. It’s the absolute sin road of the East with so many vices. The ping pong exhibits, the ladies on the streets luring males into the bars, and the loud music. Alright, possibly I’m too outdated for these. Or maybe it was as a result of I used to be strolling alone all on my own, not that I used to be able to celebration and drunk on the road. In some way, the celebrities didn’t align and I don’t vibe with the road however that’s alright. Not less than I’ve been there to determine the notion. And sure, if there’s a petition to ban anybody beneath the age of 18 from getting into, depend me in!

Bangla street, Phuket


Travelling through the off-season in Phuket was nonetheless good with out the seashores and island hopping as a result of there have been sufficient non-sun-dependent issues to do. Though the journey was brief sufficient that journey didn’t gradual me down or make me much less impatient, it nonetheless did me some good. It opened the pandora inside me with the full-on need to discover the world. The field was left dormant for thus lengthy that I ALMOST forgot the adrenaline rush of being ALIVE and actually dwelling.

That is only the start of post-covid journey, testing the water on the market as I oil my journey engine. Right here is to extra holidays, and there’s no stopping. Pam goes travelling is again in enterprise once more!

Interacting with Elephants in Green Elephant Sanctuary
A shot with the wonder Queen. <3

Click on right here to take a look at my IG tales on my journey through the off-season in Phuket.

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