This trip to Phuket is a bit bittersweet, but anything to get out of Bangkok for a bit is worth it. After an uneventful plane ride, I arrived in Phuket.
Phuket has never been a place I had to visit but more of a place I had to tick off my list before I leave Thailand. Since I was in search of quiet, I parked myself at Nai Yang, a 10-minute walk from the airport. (Convenient? Yes!)
The hostel told me to access the beach, which lies in a national park, I would need to pay a 200THB ($6.40) fee just because I’m a foreigner. Locals pay nothing. But if I arrived after 16:00, I get in for free.
At 16:00 on the dot, I was at the park entrance and found an empty ticket station. Woohoo!
The main reason why I wanted to go to Mai Khao beach in Nai Yang is it’s proximity to the airport.
I love airports, and I love watching planes take off and land. But being on the beach and watch them land this close was pretty amazing!
I spent a good few hours here, getting sunburn as I waited for planes to land. But it was so worth it.
As I headed back, the planes started taking off the opposite way. And people still kept watching.
The evening was spent at the night market in Nai Yang. In terms of must-see night markets in Thailand, the Nai Yang market is not one of them.
It was definitely catered toward locals as airport workers stopped by to pick up dinner here. But the lack of tables or chairs made it difficult to have a proper sit-down meal.
Nai Yang is a good place to see local life, but there isn’t much else to do. Now, I know why people head to Patong now.