Ban Chit Chiao

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  • Day2

    A series of beaches and viewpoints

    August 18, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    We reached yesterday evening but were too tired to go out. Plus our car that we rented was only coming in the morning. Stayed in dCondo Mine (its an Airbnb hosted by a guy named Lupthawit) and went to bed early.

    Got a Toyota Vios from Pure Car Rental at 9am today. Very affordable thanks to Lupthawit's discount code. Only paid THB 2700 for 3 days. Its cheaper to rent a car here than to keep hiring taxis as there are multiple beaches to visit.

    First up, we decided to visit Patong Beach but it was so crowded and the water was brown (maybe because it rained the day before), so we moved on to Karon Beach. Water was blue there and the waves were violent. Most areas wasn't suitable for swimming so we just walked along the beach for a while.

    After that, we went to Karon Viewpoint for a bit. Not a bad view but again full of people taking selfies so we didn't spend much time there.

    We headed off to Kata Noi Beach next (didn't go to Kata Beach in fear of massive crowds). This is a cute little stretch of beach where very few people were sunbathing and splashing around on.

    Then we made a short stop at Nai Harn beach. Another small beach but with more people around. Some people even bring their dogs for walks here.

    After all that it was nearly 6pm, so we headed off to one of the most prominent viewpoints, Promthep Cape. It is said that this place is famous for its sunset view but it was rather cloudy so not much of a sun was seen.

    Since it was a Saturday, we went to find the Weekend Night Market, which we did after alot of time in traffic. They say it closes by 9pm, but we reached there at 8.30pm and were there til about 10pm and it was still as lively as ever. Alot of food variety here but not very much different from Malaysia. Bought fruit smoothies, mango with sticky rice, grilled prawns, crab fried rice, and black bean filled pastry (no idea whats it called). Oh, and they sell crickets and silk worms too. Didn't have the guts to eat those though.

    That was that. We called it a day. More adventure awaits tomorrow.
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  • Day3

    Big Buddha and Sunday Night Market

    August 19, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Woke up and it was raining so we slept in and left our condominium at 11am and went to Gallery Cafe by Pinky, famous for their breakfast and brunch. Ordered smoothies and a whole lot of other stuff. Rather pricy but food was good.

    Still raining at 1pm and so visiting beaches is out of the question. So Big Buddha it was. This is a huge Buddha statue on top of a steep hill and the view of Phuket is magnificent from here. The temple was under renovation when we went so there was alot of rubble lying around. However, we did discover the most awesome coconut ice cream ever. It was at a stall near the entrance. It tasted literally like the coconut meat turned into ice with no preservatives added.

    By the time we left it was around 5pm, so we headed off to one of the famous night markets, the Sunday Lardyai a.k.a. night market. We bought some soap carvings shaped like flowers and a whole lot of food. Then we headed back to devour it all.
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  • Day4

    The Pad Thai Shop and more night markets

    August 20, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We utilized the swimming pool at dCondo Mine today. It was huge and we were the only ones in it (for the most of it anyway). Once hunger struck we got ready and left for The Pad Thai Shop around 30 minutes away.

    The shop was packed with locals and tourists. Alot of their dishes had finished by the time we got there. We ordered the prawn pad thai, chicken krapow with fried egg and rice, and crab fried rice. The pad thai was the best one I have ever had. The chicken krapow delicious but spicy as hell. Crab fried rice always the safe choice anywhere. Their portions were huge and only for THB 50 each. They even have free flow chicken soup which was very rich in flavour. I definitely would recommend this shop. Oh, and a plus point, the staff speaks excellent english.

    Since it was out last full day here, we needed to do souvenir shopping. So off we went to Malin Plaza Market. The souvenirs here were the cheapest by far. Tshirts, key chains, magnets, bags, wood carvings, you name it. Food was of abundance too. We bought the mango with sticky rice to go since we were still full.

    It was 7pm by the time we got done, so next stop: Chillva Market. This is somewhat like a hipster night market. We didn't buy any souvenirs here since we already bought everything we needed, but we couldn't say no to food. So we bought sausages, smoothies, sushi and many more and made our way back to our condo to call it a night as we have an early flight in the morning.
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Ban Chit Chiao, บ้านชิดเชี่ยว