We stayed in two places in Phuket, since the whole island is really large. Our first stop was Kata Beach. The main beach in Kata was very crowded — luckily, we discovered the mellower Kata Noi beach. Our hotel, Baan Hallehallo, was about a 15 minute walk to Kata’s main beach and another 15 minutes from there to Kata Noi.
After a few days, we moved north to Kamala Beach, on the other side of Patong Beach. Our hotel here was more isolated, so we had to catch rides to the main beach and the closest restaurants. Our hotel was also near to the private beach at the 5-star Nakalay Bay Resort. Of course, we snuck in to see the crystal clear water!
A Crazy Ride
After Phuket, we needed to catch a short flight to Penang, Malaysia. We pre-arraigned a taxi to pick us up at our hotel in Kamala Beach. The driver ended up being nearly an hour late. He decided to drive crazy fast down the windy roads to make up some time, despite his nearly empty tank of gas. We were very nervous about missing our flight but soon this turned into fear for our lives. Luckily, we made it to the airport in one piece and barely on time to board the plane.