|our "hearty" wedding bathrobes|
As Asia's most popular beach destination, Phuket, Thailand was our hands down choice for our trip together to celebrate our second year of marital bliss last September 21, 2015. Cotton is the traditional symbol of a second year wedding anniversary so we were particularly eyeing for a romantic getaway with lots of "cotton" stuff during our trip to Phuket from September 18-26, 2015. Since we made a two-day side trip to Bangkok (another post!), we were in Phuket for only seven days, and daily we found opportunities to pick up our "cotton" gifts! Here are our 7 - Cotton - y Days in a destination that does not disappoint!
|Villareal Condo via AirBnB|
|In a restaurant along the road right next to Villareal Heights|
|View of Villareal Height's Lobby from our room|
|Ibis Hotel Swimming Pool View from our room|
|Kata Beach in our matching wedding bathrobes and matching slippers|
Day 3 (Afternoon) Matching Cotton Bathrobes, Cotton Beach Towels and Couple Tees - We took Ibis' complimentary transport service to Kata Beach in our matching couple tees. With its 1.5 km strip of golden sand shoreline it was an opportune time for us to soak up in the sun and swim to our heart's content with our beachwear and walk along the beach hand in hand with our matching cotton bathrobes, cotton towels and slippers.
|In front of Wat Chalong on Motorcycle|
|Big Buddha from afar|
On our way back, we dropped by Wat Chalong to check the beautiful designs of Siamese architecture, and observe the practices of local Buddhist culture.
(Side Trip to Bangkok)
|Our bed in Kata Orient House with our|
cotton towels shaped into kissing swans
From Bangkok, we checked in at the Kata Orient House for the last two days of our stay in Phuket. I booked it in Booking.com for P1,000 a night. Our room is in the ground floor as in all the rooms in this hotel, so it is easy to get our luggage in. We were impressed to see our bed with dark pink cotton towels shaped into two swan kissing and forming a heart! The room is medium size with AC, TV and internet. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a 7/11 right in front of the hotel so not having a ref is ok!
|"Three Beaches" Hill top for the view of Kata Noi, Kata and Karon beaches|
Day 5 (Afternoon) - Back in Phuket and wearing a complete matching couple attire - cotton tees, shorts and slippers, we rented again a motorcycle and headed to Karon View Point which is near our hotel. Also known as the "Three Beaches Hilltop", we were able to enjoy a panoramic view of the three (3) beaches of Kata, Karon, and Kata Noi. There is no entrance fee.
|Patong Bangla Road|
Day 5 (Afternoon/Evening) - Still aboard our motorcycle, we drove along the coastal road to enjoy the view of the country side, stopping along Karon Beach and Patong Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the area. At night, we went to see the Patong Bangla Road for curiosity sake. I was totally shocked and not sure what to say!
|snorkeling in Phi Phi Ley's Maya Bay|
The tour package (which we got for P1,500 each instead of P3,000) includes a visit to the iconic island of Ko Phi Phi, snorkeling in Maya Beach, hotel pick up & drop off and buffet lunch at Phi Phi Don.
|Stepping On Phi Phi Don White Sand|
|Ko Phi Phi Don|
The other island which is often visited is Phi Phi Leh particularly the Maya Bay. Actually it is Maya Bay that was actually featured in the movie. Our ferry moored in deeper water so we could jump off to snorkel. It was so beautiful both in the surface and under water with all the brightly colored fish and corals.