Four Days in Phuket – Kamala Beach

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“All we are saying is give Phuket a chance.” – A little spin on a John Lennon song.  In my extensive travels throughout Thailand, I have made it a purpose to avoid Phuket.  From my prior research and perceptions, it’s not my style.  The conventional wisdom is that it is  too touristy.  Too many people.  It really is the grand-daddy of Thailand island tourism.   I’m much more of a Koh Jum or Koh Lanta kind of guy or heading way south and finding that beach you see absolutely not a soul on.   Especially no foreigners.   Getting REAL local.  They still exist.   Last weekend we said “to hell with it” and made a nice experience out of Phuket.

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In my research, we settled for Kamala beach as our base.   It is not as “city” and crazy as Patong.   Kamala has a small town feel.  It felt like everyone of the business owners, shops and workers knew each other.   Very chill location.  You still get hustled like anywhere else in Thailand, but it was all pretty mellow.

April is shoulder season.  It’s the time before the monsoons come in the summer.  Things start to shut down.   Not too many folks on the beach but the weather was just perfect.  We came at exactly the right time.    Papacrab’s guesthouse is an execellent place to stay.  You can check it out on Tripadvisor here PapaCrab Botique Guesthouse.  The owners will help you out with everything.   Incredibly accommodating A+ service.

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Feline Friends.

The beaches were just amazing throughout the island.  We were lucky with awesome weather.

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The food!  Thai food is just amazing.

So much to do on the beach!

Big Buddha!

Wat Chalong….

Elephants!

Rawai, Sea Gypsy fishing village….

Sunsets

Kamala is a chill town.   Really enjoyed it and looking forward to coming back here.

 

 

 

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